golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Bottle. Murky brown pour with a reddish hint. Aroma is oak, vanilla, sweet alcohol, some roasted malt, and nuttiness. Flavor is rich malt, vanilla, light bourbon, and some slightly roasted malt also. Balanced and flavorful. Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Slightly dissapointed by this one, but with a twist. I had consumed a small portion of a bottle awhile before I cracked open my own bottle and loved it. But with my own full bottle split with the father in law I found it to be one dimensional. very bourbon and bourbon only. Thrown in a bit of caramel and vanilla but not enough to really make it exciting. Have 2 more bottles to crack open though, hoping one brings it back to its high expectations. heylrule (46) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2008
thanks bob for popping this one open on my birthday. very very dark brown pour light brown head. very sweet with tastes of roasted malts raisons sugar and carmel. Fantastic finish one of the best drinks to ever hit my mouth. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2008
(750ml bottle, thanks mj) Small brown head atop clear mahogany body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon/vanilla, coconut, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, Bourbon/vanilla. Medium-full body, some stickiness. adrian910ss (2575) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JAN 25, 2008
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 # 800. 2006 750 ml bottle courtesy of WeeHeavySD. Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with a medium sized beige-light brown head. Complex aroma of dark fruit, roasted malt, candied sugar, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Taste is pleasantly sweet with hints of vanilla, oak, prunes, plums, dates, dark brown sugar, raisins, caramel and malt. Has a spectacular brandy finish. One of the best beers Ive had and certainly the best barley wine Ive ever had.
DenverLogan (1218) - LA, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2015 Ruby brown; tan head. Rich malt and coconut aroma...more coconut in the first batch. I’ve had this many times including at the 06’ Toronado Barleywine fest where it won an award. Flavors of rich amber malts, vanilla, oak, bourbon, maple syrup, caramel. Quite tasty, smooth and lovely, with the first batch perhaps a tad more special. Rich and lovely, fresh or aged, in bottle or on tap.
July 8, 2015 - This is the 12.5% version. Poured in a Saxo chalice. Pours brown with small head and lace. Aroma roasty malts, slight oxidation, nuts, earth, bourbon. Medium carbonation and significant mouthfeel. Flavors of rich malts, minerals, brandy, funky fruit rind, raisins, plums. Overall rich and flavorful, warming and complex. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2008
2007 750 ml bottle via trade with wetherel - Pours a hazy brown color with a faint off white head. No lacing to mention. Aroma is oak/bourbon, dark esters, molasses, and vanilla. Flavor is sweet malt, dark esters, and vanilla. Medium to full body. I think what sticks out the most about this beer besides the fantastic aroma and flavor, is that it is SO smooth for a relatively young beer. A fantastic beer. Thanks John. axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 Courtesy of JimboWood. Poured a cloudy dark brown with a foamy, tan head. The aroma is big dark fruits with toffee, toasted and roasted malts, chocolate, and bourbon. Flavors are sweet carmel, big cinnamon and brown sugar, choclate, vanilla, raisins, plums, with some bitter hops and bourbon coming through in the finish. Surprisingly smooth. Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Bottle courtesy of cbkshubert. Good aroma of oak wood and bourbon whiskey. Dark body with tan head. Sweet tobacco, whiskey, wood with only a slight bitterness noticable. Alcohol on the fish found in bottom of glass was not a factor till last swig. Good beer that lives up to the hype. BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
8th Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines. Pours clear brown with a spare, fizzy, off-white head, diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, toffee, nutty), average hops (flowers, perfume), average yeast (dough, earth) with notes of heavy alcohol, dates, and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.