DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Big thanks to Urbancaver for hooking me up.
3.5 A: Murky dark brown color. Just a quarter finger of tannish head than falls quickly and leaves very little lacing. Kuhnhenn has little time to worry about their beers asthetics.
5.0 S: Aggressive, complex, yet extremely complementary. Thick, rich caramel and toffee. Huge raisin, tobacco, plum, prune, and date slap the smell receptors silly. Only mildy boozy despite the huge ABV. Bourbon and barrel add more complexity to an already superbly complex base. Leather, light peat, earth, and melon fruits in addition to oak and vanilla from the barrel.
4.5 T: Tastes like the nose, but isn’t as aggressive (how could it be, really?). Huge raisin, prune, tobacco, plum and all that jazz. Again the booze is hidden very well. Big sweetness, but nothing out of hand and definitely not Bruery level. Leather, peat, earth, melon, vanilla, oak. Wonderful taste.
4.5 M: Heavy body. Carbonation is on the lower end of acceptable. Rich, palpable thickness without necessarily being overly chewy.
5.0 D: A taste could have also been a 5.0, so I’ll add it here. Really wonderful beer. Kuhnhenn are masters at hiding booze while delivering the amount of flavor that you can only get from a huge ABV beer. Not quite as good as BB4D, but damn close.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-29-2012 03:04:49 Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2007
12’er. What nectar. Dark brown color. Outstanding aroma. Astonishingly complex flavor of absorbed wood (coconut, vanilla, soaked wood, light whiskey) and heavy malt (an array of cinnamon covered fruit, caramel and toffee. Very, very smooth. If anyone has any bottles of this for trade, I am willing to trade heavily for it. GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2011
2010. Thanks bulldogp04. Dark reddish-brown pour with a tan head. The aroma comes at you as you pour. Bourbon, dark fruits, malt, a little alcohol. Taste was wonderful-bourbon, dark fruit. A very well balanced beer. I wish I had the patients to see how it aged. For the high level of alcohol, this is an extremely well balanced, well rounded beer. kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Bottle courtesy of markwise. Pours a hazy amber color to brown with orange to reddish highlights and off-white head. Aroma is intoxicating--sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, candy sugar, bourbon, vanilla, oak, toffee, raisins, figs, dark ripe fruit, sweet goodness. Flavor is even better than the aroma with more intensity. Medium body with a sweet and syrupy finish. One of the best BA barleywines I have had. Nephilium (1818) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2008
(Unknown vintage, 12 oz. bottle) The aroma is a strong smack of dark fruits, oak, a touch of vanilla, and something lurking in the back I can’t place. Pours a very dark red, with just a ring and dusting of tan head. Slick oily mouthfeel, alcohol warming in the back of the throat. Not anywhere as sweet as the aroma hints at. Touches of dark fruit linger for quite a while, with hints of spice. Very drinkable for 14.5%...
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2013
2010 bottle in a trade with deyholla. Poured 2/12/13. Deep amber brown pour, somewhat cloudy, and with no head whatsoever. Aroma of plums, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, and toffee. Nice. Hot bourbon up front that smooths into a very sweet vanilla toffee on the back of the palate. Long lingering oaky vanilla. Medium to heavy on the palate. Alcohol warmth is there, but not overly boozy. Never had a fresh one so it could be the age. Unexpectedly smooth for 15.1%. A top barley wine for me. Stine (1782) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2008 A thick chocolate colored pour. Bourbon heavy aroma. Peppery and bright. Coconut and white fruits, honey and vanilla. Fruity and boozy and malty and all in a balanced exchange. Warm and altogether very pleasant; raisins, belgian chocolate, and a general wine-like texture beneath bourbon.
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Meaty malts and rich fruit-textured bourbon in the flavor. The fruit flavors, immediately, are sunny and soft, like summer fruits, not the more expectant vinous and dark pit fruits. Nectarines, and mangos, particularly. Beneath these, the vinous fruits swell calmly; raisins, strawberries, and dates. Chocolate and velvety warmth enfold. Bitterness mid-palate is in cherry pits and wooden nuttiness. Bourbon really permeates with a clean, comfortable sweetness that I haven’t tasted in another bourbon-barrel beer.
Oily and rich full palate; lightly tangy; lively, but thoroughly dense. A bit of cocoa and more spirit sweetness in the finish, where alcohol is still remarkably laid back. Pitch-perfect execution of some gorgeously lush textures, and done with the just the right degree of restraint. Masterful. Many thanks again, Ken!
Big thanks to BB63 for this bottle. Pours cloudy brown. Aroma is bourbon, malt, oak, fruit, toffee, and vanilla. Flavor is fruit, mostly cherries, toffee, bourbon. malt, and oak. Fairly heavy body. Very mouth watering, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Very little carbonation. More would make this even more incredible. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Tap. Deep brown color. Thin head fades quickly and leaves no lacing. Rich malty and fruity aroma. Bourbon notes a abundant. Raisiny flavors. Very nice. chucklemation (1685) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a thin white head. Aroma is dark fruits, oak, caramel, toffee, butter, and vanilla. Flavor is very similar, with the oak less pronounced, replaced with a boozy heat. Sweet and thick-bodied. This is terrific.