chrisv10 (17925) - DENMARK - JUL 29, 2016 Odysseyalien (73) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bottle purchased at Ales Unlimited in San Francisco.
I had wanted to try a Mikkeller brew, particularly this barleywine, and I can gladly say that I’ve finally done so.
Labled as an American barleywine, I guess it is though the bottle I had was not overly hoppy as most American barleywines are. There is a hop profile though but it’s not overwhelming. Slightly sweet but not as sweet as some barleywine’s I’ve had. Flavors more pronounced as it warms to room temperature -- raisins on the tongue along with maybe some brown sugar. Not my favorite barleywine but not bad. If I had room in my suitcase to drag more of these back to New Jersey, I would do so. This might improve nicely with a year or two in the cellar.
Bottle "2011", 12% @ Mikkeller Aarhus. Hazy dark amber/brown with medium tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toasted, bourbon, vanilla, oak, wood and dark fruit. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, oak, wood, sweet, dark fruit, sugar, bourbon, vanilla, medium bitter, dark fruit, warming with notes of alcohol. Rasmus40 (21463) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2016
Bottle @ Mikkeller, Aarhus. Hazy dark amber brown with a lasting light brown head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, wood and bourbon. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with lots of warming alcohol. Oily. 290716 DroolYeast (1596) - Odder, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2016
2011 bottle, bottleshare @ Mikkeller Aarhus. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, booze, caramel. Clear amber colour with off-white head, mostly diminishing. Moderate bitter and moderate sweet, maybe from loads of vanilla notes. Full body, smooth feel, bourbon sweet finish. DCLawyer (2846) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Backlog. 2010 bottle ->mini snifter from Churchkey Vintage Vault event. Orange/gold with small offwhite head. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, some cardboard and oak with booze. Decent. Achel (487) - Ioannina, GREECE - JUL 18, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2015 Clear orange red coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Sweet and fruity arom aof caramel, dried fruits, bourbon and alcohol with notes of marzipan. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits, cookies, alcohol, hops and marzipan.
kevinator (2425) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Glad I had the chance to find a bottle. No telling how old it is but it held up nicely. Nice bourbon and sweet caramel malt aroma. Nice dark brown color of caramelized sugar. Solid and weighty mouthfeel with a smooth finish. Bourbon, burnt sugar and hops all contributed to a well-balanced beer. Reynolds314 (3470) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2014
I find myself liking a style that I dont like more and more. This barleywine is big and intense witout being boozy or overly syrupy and thats what I want in a barleywine. The barrel characteristics are present and theres vanilla, oak, grapes, raisins, and some nutty malts. FInishes moderately dry and pleasant despite a very slight acrid oxidized metallic note. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2014
old bottle, surprisingly balanced, great rich caramel malts and good barrel characteristics still there. A tasty barleywine. slowrunner77 (12456) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"barrel aging removes any rough edges that existed in the base beer, but also, in this particular beer, dulled the complexity a touch. sweetish raisiny malt and a touch of hops over slight vanilla and peppery bourbon. well done. very smooth for 12%." UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2014
pours brown amber, medium off white head that dissipates to a head ring. toffee and caramel nose. taste begins sweet with aforementioned notes before the bourbon comes in. mild vanilla. finish is pure unadulterated booze burn. bourbon smoke and vanilla linger on the palate before becoming subdued.