JAXSON (604) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 From a 750ml bottle. Pours deep plum with a medium head. After a highly-anticipated first sip, I was struck by a deep booziness and an elegant undertone of grape must. Really creamy and refined. Vanilla, oak, and dark fruits. More like Avery Mephistopheles (the first, really good batch) or Worldwide Stout than a barleywine. Carbonation died heavily near the end of the bottle. Elegant and highly alcoholic. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Bottle at Monk’s café (also have a bottle from miketd – thanks man, I really had no idea I would get to try one here in Philly – now I have one to lay down for a bit!) Dark plum colored pour with a light off-white head. Wonderful aroma of brandy, vanilla, bourbon, apples, wood, plum, and various sugars. Flavor is a fantastic blend of brandy barrel and dark fruit goodness. Fresh apples and plums, maple syrup, vanilla, and woody-brandy flavors abound. Great mouthfeel – thick, sticky, and rich. Saying it’s the best barleywine just doesn’t do it justice. This truly is one of the best beers in the world. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2008
2007 bottle shared by kp at the footsex gathering. The big dogs keep on coming and I couldn’t say no. I didn’t take too many notes on this one either. Just something like "sweet, dark, tasty." Wow, thats descriptive. I will make sure to go back and re-rate this when I receive another bottle through the patron sinner program. Till then, I’ll have this record of this amazing experience sharing some of the most coveted beers on the site. Thanks a bunch, kp! brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Aroma at first was strictly oak,heavy caramel, molasses, and toffee, thought it was a little tepid at first,was going to put this in the 7 range, but after even more warming, the rich bourbon started coming out,and this became a treasure to inhale, taste was a rich buttery caramel, you could almost chew it, teasing soft bourbon and vanilla, absolutely no fruit ester,odd for a barleywine,fantastic smoothness. You have to have a little patience with this one, it dosen’t want to yield it s charms immediately, but bear with it and you’ll be rewarded. Thanks Overlord railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Barleywines are not my favorite style but this had a big hype so i had to try,this was a very interesting beer with lots of malts and a strong vanilla presence,also very sweet and i think with age this will be a great beer.CHEERS!
DoubleBubble (107) - Mescal Lakes (wherever that is), Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Pours a dark brown, with almost no head and spotty lacing. Aromas of oak, roasted malts, caramel, some dark esters, and very light vanilla. A slight alcohol smell also comes through. Flavors of roasted malts, caramel, light molasses, and hints of vanilla. A little bitter, but over all sweet and smooth. Feeling of alcohol warmness on the way down. Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2008 Pours a dark brown with a minimal head. No lacing. Aroma gives away a high ETOH punch. Aroma also sweet with vanilla notes. Taste is warming but a little too sweet for me. Definitely warms you down to your toes wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Thanks to Mike for this one. Dark brown body. Aroma is sweet, kind of sticky, with elements of vanilla, whiskey, and coconut. Flavor is expectedly sweet, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and whiskey characters emerge. Very thankful to try this, it is exquisite. doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2008 11/10/07 release. Doesn’t quite live up to my expectations but really only in the mouthfeel, too thin. Pours a deep dark murky brown with a thin, maybe 1/2" inch brown head. Head fades pretty quickly to just a ring around the glass. Very little to no lace. Really, all I get in the nose is wood and whiskey. Tastes of dark fruits and bourbon. Woody of course, whiskey-ey of course. I am tasting dark, fermented fruits. Plums and alcohol. The palate is what really let me down. Too thin, I want some body to a barrel aged beer, especially one with 11%abv. Carbonation is good though. The bourbon is very prevalent right now, but not overwhelming. This beer is very drinkable. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Bottle, thanks for sharing golubj. Pretty decent BW overall. Not too complex but some nice fruit flavors. Light carbonation brings some alcohol and barrel aging flavors through. A bit sticky as it warms, pretty good.