arkurzynski (2406) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Bottle thanks to FlandersNed. Deep brown with red hues and a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. Amazing aroma of sweet, dark cherry, bourbon-soaked, candied plums and raisins, sweet molasses, caramel, dark fruit, a hint of mustiness and some booze. Flavor is candied dark fruit, raisins, molasses, and woody bourbon. Thick, sticky mouthfeel that coats the palate. Lingering wood and sweet, dark fruit. Sweetness makes this a sipper. Booze, while fairly apparent in the aroma, is barely noticeable in the flavor or finish. Top notch! PhillyCraft (7074) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2012
2011 Bottle with Bill during the birds game. Pours a deep brown with red hues, barely any head or lacing to note. Aromas of bourbon, wood, dark fruit, candy sugar, and malts. Taste is plums, cocoa, cherries, brown sugar, bourbon, and oak. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth slightly syrup. and layered with flavors. Reminds me of a perfectly cellared thomas hardy. Full bodied. Top 3 barleywine for me. 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. rlgk (18847) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle, huge thanks to Alex (_angst_)!!! Clear amber/mahogany beer with a small head. Hazelnut aroma, malty, fruity, caramel, raisins, toffee, plums, candy notes, dades, vanilla, woody, cream notes, bourbon, some licorice. Malty vanilla flavor, caramel, licorice, raisins, hazelnuts, warming alcohol, bourbon, dades, raisins, cream, chocolate notes, cocoa powder, earthy notes. Lovely mouthfeel, full bodied, alcohol is well hidden. Perfection! So glad I was given the chance to try this beer, Alex! Pyrmir (5966) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2014
On tap at CBC 2014. Dark amber with no head. Aroma and taste with lots of bourbon, toffee, burnt sugar, alcohol, barrel, vanilla. Powerful and vinous
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2012
GTMW 2010? Pours to a brassy brown/dark caramel body with a thin light tan head. Huge complex aroma of vanilla, oak, barley, and some sort of fruit. Flavors are similar and very complex. Delicious. Perfect palate of sweetness balanced by a medium texture. mcberko (17136) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2013 2011 vintage. 12 oz. bottle, sent from northernbrews (thanks a lot, Jeff!), pours a deep dark mahogany with almost no head, just a small beige ring. Aroma brings out some deep, lush bourbon barrels, some alcohol liqueur notes, and toffee and brown sugar further back. Flavour brings out the bourbon barrels big time, but never in a distasteful way, full of brown sugar, some kind of sweet boozy liqueur, loads of caramel and toffee, and alcohol. This is big n bold, alright, and executed with supreme skill. So much depth, with a luxurious mouthfeel. Though it is sweet, it doesn’t suffer from cloying sweetness like so many Kuhnhenn beers do. One of my all-time favourite barley wines. _angst_ (4802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle received in trade. Thank you lionsandbeer! Pours tiny hazy mahogany brown with a very small offwhite head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with caramel, biscuits, vanilla fudge, caramelized almonds, bourbon, toffee, butterscotch hard candy, charred US oak, toasted coconut, tingling alcohol, raisins in rum, figs in brandy and hints of cocoa powder, amaretto and bourbon. Taste is sweet and malty with toasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, sweet liquorice candy, bourbon, roasted nuts, caramelized almonds, hay, charred US oak, sweet dark bread, hay, raisins, dates, brown sugar and hints of cocoa powder. Mouthfeel is round, creamy, soft, tiny boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet, tiny bitter, malty and fruity with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred US wood, raisins, dates, roasted nuts and bourbon. Smooth and incredibly rich. One of the top barley wines I’ve ever tried. ColovianTrader (464) - - FEB 14, 2016
Massive amounts of caramel, sweet and lightly roasted malts. Sweet vanilla cream and oak blend nicely. Moderate heat front the alcohol but really walk balanced. kraddel (7770) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 23, 2017
Pours warm rubyred/caramelly brown. Small white head. Smell is intense, bit booze, dades, warm, complex, caramel. Taste is super intense, sweet, thick, rich fruityness. Dades, raisins. Very complex, leaves, some wood. Very mild bourbon. Hint of bitterness on The end. Silky, sticky mf and low carbo. Extremely nice, as expected.