Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2011
Bottle 2010, shared by plovmand, very generously and appreciated! :)
It pours a dark amber colour with a tan head.
Aroma is sweet caramel malt, wood, bourbon, raisins, figs, oak and vanilla.
The flavour is sweet caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, lots of bourbon, alcohol and oak.
It accompanies my home made dark chocolate imperial stout brownie like a charm! :) Lothore (647) - California, USA - MAY 27, 2008
A- Pours a ruddy, brownish hue with little to no head.
S- Smell is absolutely phenomenal. Tons of brown sugar, hints of bourbon, fig.
T- Wow. Before describing the taste my first thought is ... smoooth. Starts off slightly fruity, possibly hints of cherry mixed with figs, brown sugar sweetness comes in to balance. The end is an alcohol warming balanced exquisitly with very sweet, sugary notes.
M- Thick with a good bit of carbonation left for a beer this old.
D- This is another out of the park brew by kuhnhenn. I truly hope they produce more so I have another chance to drink this one. The main thing I truly loved about this one was the balance. It was huge yet seemed to balance the alcohol perfectly with rich sweetness that a lot of other "extreme brews" fail to do. Totally lives up to the hype in my opinion. Although there probably aren’t many bottles left in circulation, if you have a chance trade whatever you can for this one. Quake1028 (638) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Big thanks to Ibrew2or3 for sharing this treat.
Advocate_Ames (635) - Steubenville, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2012
This beer pours a brown body with some red highlights, very still with no head. Nose of malts, candied sugars, dark fruits and some heat from the alcohol. Flavor is sweet, notes of vanilla, bourbon and plums, finishing with a very slight burn. Palate is thin to medium, lightly astringent. Finish is medium lenght and slightly sweet. Nice brew.
On tap. A nice diminishing head that turns into lacing on my glass. The scent of bourbon hits my nose intensely. It is followed by carmel malts. The BBBW flows with malt and bourbon flavor. The bourbon is more tamed than the scent led me to believe. The sweet roasted malts lend a hand to balance things out. In the end there is slight bitterness and minor dryness. Overall this is a very tasty beverage. hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Poured from 12 oz bottle. Pours dark like cola with just a big of carbonation, but not much. Aroma is caramel, toffee, prunes, vanilla, bourbon and dried fruits. Taste is slightly sweet, like caramel. Taste is pretty similar to the nose. I would have expected a bit more sweetness. This is one of my favorite styles...but it is just not as good as some other BA Barleywines I have had recently.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 This beer is huge. Pours deep brown with no head. Thick and daunting. The taste is huge. Fills your mouth. Tons of caramel and malt, with a big sweet finish. Not a beer I’d drink everyday, but definitely a nice one.
Re-rate: so, they brought this to the winterfest. Who would have figured. Incredibly well balanced at this point. Unbelievable rich and smooth. HIdes the alcohol really well. This was much better than the last bottle I tried. jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Bottle shared w/ J, K, and Simon at the 6/27 Del Mar Doom. Thanks Derek! F me...this is unreal. Silly, stupid, ridiculous. You know those beers you crack, sniff, and laugh? What you’d expect in the nose - but to perfection. Oak, bourbon, sweet malt/toffee, mellowed and powerful. Flavor boasts PLUM, sweet (a good sweet), oak, bourbon, raisin, toffee, candy apple, caramel, slight roast in the finish ... a really pleasant heat. Palate is aged to perfection and soft... beginning to push the limits of a "beer". This was a ’wow’ type beer in every way. You guys should probably make this again. RussianDragon (578) - - MAY 9, 2014
On tap at Church Key. Pours a hazy dark brown, no light passes. Lacing and sugary bubbles cling to the glass, no head. Aroma is rich and sweet: malts, toffee, oak & vanilla, dark sugar, caramel, with notes of chocolate. Flavor is classic English barley wine with boozy bourbon out front. Sweet roasty toffee finish. Ataraxia (567) - California, USA - APR 11, 2014
Somewhat translucent amber brown, light beige lacing. Sweet aroma of caramel, pear, charred oak, apple, raisin, vanilla, and butterscotch. Sugary sweetness with a little dried fruit tannic character. Smooth, fairly viscous, and full-bodied. Bourbon booziness in the lingering finish. andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2010
Dark brown with a lovely reddish glow, only a small ring is left on top, looks heavy and inviting. Aroma is simply mindblowing, just oh so nutty and toffe loaded with slick lovely creamy sweet buttery vanilla, caramell and cookie dough notes. Some lovely fruity black currants, dark berrys, integrated bourbon and some raisins. Flavor is about the same but with "less" unfortunately, still lovely but with a fairly noticable alcohol presence, especially in the finish which is slightly dry with lingering bourbon notes. Mouthfeel is smooth, quite sticky and fat.