SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Courtesy Ibrew2or3. Clear, dark ruby/amber. Zero head, just a few bubbles. Smell dat bourbon. A ton of vanilla, old wood, whiskey, rich caramel, with a couple pieces of tropical fruit thrown in there. Not as complex as I had hoped, but very tasty, impactful. Full body, smooth, lightly viscous. Excellent barleywine. JBPortland (1543) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2016
12os bottle 2014 vintage pours clear ruby dark red with half finger fizzy head. Nose and taste have lots of big gooey caramel and sweet raisin, plum, fig and various dark fruit, touches of light vanilla spice, bread, cherry and big malty sweetness. Very good but not quite as good as BB4D. BigBeer45 (1532) - Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Sampled from a 2009 Bottle and on tap at Kuhnhenn’s,
has a hazy red pour with some brown hues, just a few bubbles appeared on top when poured, bubbles are off-white and light tan colored, light effervescence in this beer, there was some lacing on the sides of the glass, and some light brown sediment in the bottle (this ale is not filtered),
this beer had aromas of caramel, candy sweetness, Bourbon, lots of malt, raisin, honey, a mixture of light and dark fruit, there was vanilla is in the background, toasted malt, and some floral hops but the caramel seems to cover this up or hide the hop influence,
the flavors consisted of caramel, light and dark fruit-raisin and Bourbon aged Dates, bread crust, there was a light earthy floral fragrance,
this ale had medium bitterness at the finish with a little alcohol heat at the finish (the alcohol gave some bitterness on the palate), there is light fruit citrus on the palate, the alcohol grew a little when it reached room temperature but there was a lot of malt flavors to go along with the alcohol,
the mouth feel of this beer is thick,
a great sipping beer, I thought the tap version was better, the mixture of a Barley Wine and Bourbon mixed well, a nice combination.
fletchfighters (1531) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2012
A-- Poured a deep, dark amber brown. Great looking ruby hues to this. Little to no head at all. Just a thin layer of film with this. Lots of spotty lacing on the sides of the glass and ABV legs.
S-- Holy crap!!! Rich bourbon, total kick in the ass smell. Big amounts of bourbon, melted brown sugar, Carmel, vanilla, toasted oak and dark fruits. Spent several minutes just smelling the nose on this.
T-- Matches the nose but bigger. Sublime taste as just blends very well together with the barrel. Still get the dark fruits and bits of strawberry jam. Not a lot of hops so a dead give away that this is more slanted to an English Barleywine. Kick ass beer.
M-- Rich, thick, decadent. Sublime really. Silky smooth. Biggest fault is the obvious alcohol. Very obvious sipper, still quite smooth though. Heavy feel and low carbonation. Honestly a beast of a beer.
O-- Damned good. One is enough though. Heck, honestly this beer is a monster. Would love to have again. Not as good or as rounded as MOAS, or older vintages of Arctic Devil but pretty much a world class beer worth looking for and hording as much as possible
DroolYeast (1489) - Odder, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2017
Bottle. Aroma of bourbon, dark berry, chocolate fudge, caramel, vanilla icecream. Hazy brown with tan head, not lasting. Taste is light boozy, moderate sweet and light bitter. Full body, oily feel and sweet boozy finish.
dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Bottle pours hazy orange-amber with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of caramel, dried fig and bourbon. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of brown sugar covered dates, agave, and oak. peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
’10 bottle courtesy Sean - thank you! Thin and quickly fading head with minimal and sparse carbonation. Dark and somewhat transparent ruby/brown in the glass. Aroma is rich bourbon up front with marshmallow followed by oak, minor coconut, and a slightly alcoholic raisin/date finish. Taste is huge rounded bourbon, rich and sweet malt, raisin/date, and prickly alcohol on the very tail end. Smooth feel in the mouth and the minimal carbonation does not seem to be an issue with the high ABV and huge flavor profile. The transition from the bourbon up front to the sweeter barley wine on the finish is smooth. There’s a lingering chewiness after each sip from the raisin/date and alcohol notes but the finish compliments rather than distracts. Tremendous beer. jc1762 (1436) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Thanks Greg for sharing bottle! 2015 bottle poured into a taster showing lightly translucent dark wooden brown with no head.
The nose light bourbon background with light figs and dates.
The palate is medium bodied and moderately carbonated with very prickly alcohol. Strong bourbon forwardness with a light sweetness. Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Pours hazy mahogany with little head or carbonation.
Smell huge pungent red fruit, sticky toffee, rum soaked raisins.
Taste vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, hint of booze on the end.
Smooth (for 15%) and full bodied.
If you are in to big beers, this is one you must try. JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2004
2004 Great Taste of the Midwest. Dark brown/amber body. Orange and licorice with some spicy vinous qualities. Pretty good.