Borresteijn (7111) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2012
66cl Bottle at AHBS, 2011 version. Deep dark brown colour, orange-beige head. Aroma of sweet oak, very malty, dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon. Flavour is very sweet, malty, dark fruits, brown sugar, bourbon, nice bittersweet finish. Fullbodied. Although rather sweet, this is really good. DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2012
Wonderful. Malty, sweet, complex, every malt flavor you could possibly expect is present in this one. Superb. gramity (1668) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2012
Thanks to Savvy for the bottle. Pours a nice dark caramel amber color with a white head. Nose is malt, toffee, caramel, vanilla, booze, bourbon, wood, a bit of sherry and wonderful complexity. Flavor is similar- flavor is revealed as toffee, caramel, vanilla, sherry, bourbon, and assertive is a good word for the booze, but the beer quickly wraps it up in layers of toffee, caramel, and sherry. Nice, complex beer with vanilla and toffee throughout, weaving into the finish. Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2012
2010 bottle. Dark brown with a very small off-white head. Aroma is darker fruits (raisins, figs), caramel, and booze. The mouth-feel is pretty smooth considering the ABV but still has a good amount of alcohol burn in the finish. Notes of oak chips, roasted malts, and dark fruits. Not as impressed with this beer as I thought I would be, maybe its better fresher? nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - APR 7, 2012
Bottle 2011. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Smells tastes of dark fruits vinillia caramel oak bourbon booze. medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, soft carbonation, Very nice beer has lots of character a bit heavy yet on booze but over all a great beer. I’m looking forward to a year or so to mellow it out.
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Thanks to whoever brought this one to Imminent Liquidation II. Bottle from 2011, not my first run in with this one.
A - Pours dark caramel brown with a decent one finger tall khaki colored head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass.
S - Smells of toffee, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, oak, molasses and plenty of bourbon booze. This one still smells a little too hot for my liking but still very nice.
T - Starts off with plenty of sugary sweetness - mostly toffee, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, etc. - quickly giving way to the hot bourbon booze and some dry oak tannins. Finish is best described as sweet bourbon heat, lingering long after consumption.
M - Big, boozy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The carb goes a little flat as it sits in the glass and the booze is still way too strong.
O - I remember when I had this beer for the first time. It was a 2009 bottle, consumed in early 2010, and it was the #10 overall beer in the world. At the time I thought that was WAY too high. I have had it twice since then and it is still very good, but the best I have ever had? No way. JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2012
2010 vintage: Pours a cloudy brown orange with an off white head. Nice and sweet, caramel, toffee, vanilla and bourbon really show thru even with a few years on it. Well worth seeking out. maledictum (782) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - MAR 18, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2013 Cerveza muy oscura. En nariz predomina el bourbon. Sabor tostado, acaramelado pero sobre todo bourbon. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 9/28/2011. Poured from a 2010 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to goodstrongbeer for bringing this out, I have wanting to try this for a long time.
Mother of All Storms pours a ruby brown color with a fast fading tan cap. No real lacing is left on the glass.
There is a good amount of booze in the aroma. Caramel, smooth malts, toffee, oak, and vanilla.
The flavor is boozy, yet very smooth and tasty. The malt presence is strong but not overwhelming. The sweetness starts firm, but fades through the sip. Caramel and toffee work well with bourbon, vanilla, and oak contribute to a complex flavor. The finish is slightly sweet.
The mouthfeel has a nice texture; it is full bodied and lightly carbonated. The alcohol is more noticeable in the throat and stomach than in the flavor. The tongue tingles as well from the strong flavor and booziness.
Overall, this is a boozy delight. It makes no attempt to hide its identity - thick, sweet, boozy, and delicious. tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Sample at Hunahpu’s day. While I’m not a huge barley wine guy, I really dug this one. Aroma is bourbon and really nutty, with a light bittersweetness. Pours an opaque brown with a mild head. Flavor is rich, malty sweet, bourbon, boozy and at 13%, it’s gonna be. Rich and not too thick. Flavor lingers in your mouth.