umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2016
2011 bottle. Aroma is prunes, grapes, burnt caramel, and bourbon. Tastes pretty oxidized. Fairly hot alcohol, big prune, some mild caramel and butterscotch. Decent overall. I bet it was way better a few years back. nimbleprop (8382) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2016
22oz bottle, 2011 vintage pours an oily brown with no head. Nose has vanilla, lightly vegetal, caramel, brown sugar, booze, port, fortified wine. Flavor is bitter with soap and pine, sweet with caramel too, whiskey, vanilla, grappa. Finishes oily and still a touch hot. Westchesterco (2043) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2016
From a bottle share at a gathering January 9, 2016. It s a clear dark amber With no head. The aroma is boozey and the taste is bourbon and finishes in a sweet molasses.
Iphonephan (6988) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2016
From a bottle at the Nuplastikk Returns DC gathering January 2016. Pours a murky mahogany. Bourbon aroma. Flavors of fruitcake, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Boozy finish. gyllenbock (9177) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2015
Sample at Sour Sunday 2015.
Dark brown with a small head. Aroma and taste of dried fruit, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak and caramel. The mouthfeel was thick and the aftertaste long. A nice beer to sip.
monk191 (1978) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2014
A fantastic barleywine. Had the whiskey barreled version. Pours a super muddy brown with a thick tan head, pours almost like a nitro. Smells of caramel, vanilla, and whiskey. Taste is super creamy, with whiskey in the middle, and vanilla in the finish. Great dessert beer. Had in the bottle. JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Bottle. Somewhat murky dark brown, with a thin head. Sweet brown sugar, dark fruit, plum, raisin, prune, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, some alcohol, and graham crackers. Pretty nice. slowrunner77 (12043) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
2009: All the faults of the base beer are nearly gone in this big boozy rendition. Still darker than most, and maybe still a touch thin - but so stinking smooth you don’t care. Booze, vanilla and dark fruit mostly. Nice sipper. bytemesis (8384) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle - 2011 vintage. Pours hazy ruby chestnut with a small brown head that dissipates fairly quickly with good lacing behind. Aroma is bourbon, toffee, vanilla, oak, a bit of funk in there as well. Flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter, a faint note of distracting tartness. Full bodied and hot. Good, not great. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2014
This one poured a medium murky brown clor with a beige head. Aroma was of caramel, dark fruits, and bourbon. Flavor was similar, Very well balanced and integrated BA barleywine.