radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2008
Very dark brown in colour, thin off-white coloured head, very light lacing. The aroma was very hot and alcoholic, dark fruits, caramel, oak, caramel, wood, whiskey, lightly sweet. The flavour is very alcoholic, lots of caramel sweetness, vanilla and lots of bourbon. Bitter mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes very hot, lingering. Becomes way too much, the alcohol in this is a major distraction. Quite a bit of bourbon in this, I can’t imagine the Bourbon Barrel version.
JoeinDahlem (1604) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 13, 2008
750ml bottle shared by <a
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Opened on December 1, 2007.
Wow, the nose on this thing. Promises a lot, then keeps it. Pours dark brown with diminishing tan head. Sweet, vinous aroma... dark fruits and rum. Yum. Flavor is sweet and raisiny, but there’s also a quick, restrained bitterness. Warming, warming. Reminds me a lot of an excellent Trappist quad with oaky-tannin elements. Awesome. Great experience. JAXSON (610) - 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 (4068) - 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 (1587) - 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 (706) - 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 (1082) - 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 (636) - 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.