Dogbrick (13036) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2016
Sample from 2015 bottle at the "Post Beer Week Bottle Share" on 06/06/16. The beer pours a very dark brown color with a hint of amber around the edges, and a medium beige head that diminishes gradually to a film. Patchy lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of bourbon, malt and dark fruits. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky bourbon, caramel malt, fig and vanilla. The finish is boozy with an oaky vanilla and malt aftertaste. Good beer all around. Mesjasz (1521) - Lodz, POLAND - MAY 22, 2016
Butelka. Aromat mocno rodzynkowy, karmelowy, sporo owoców, czekolady. Smak słodki, mocno owocowy, suszony, lekko palony, bardzo złożony. Pełne ciało, gęste. Piękne piwo. hackobock (4029) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2016
July 28, 2015. Tasting at jtclockwork’s, thanks for sharing!Samtzu (450) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 25, 2016
Dark brown with just a small tan ring around the edge. Aroma is sweet malty and slight boozy with caramel, raisins, figs, bourbon, prunes, resin, vanilla and notes of oak. Taste is sweet malty, light bitter and boozy. Finish is light bitterness with a roasted note, warming bourbon alcohol on top on a sweet malty base with sticky caramel, raisins, prunes, figs and vanilla. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation.
2015 750ml bottle. Huge beer with an intense flavour palate worthy of joining the storm. Bourbon barrel aging brings out that fantastic sweet flavour with a solid alcohol backbone. Lots of Malty flavors with toffee and vanilla. Exceptional beer. anderson01 (356) - Spirit Lake, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Black color. Dark tan head that collapses quickly into a thin collar. Freckled lacing. Very malty aroma. Chocolate, cherry, wood, vanilla, and alcohol pour out of the aroma. Some toffee notes also. Sticky texture. Starts off very fruity and finishes oakey and smokey. Heavy body. Average carbonation. Leaves a hangover film on the lips. Love this beer but i did not expect the harshness in it.
weihenweizen (3839) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Refrigerated brown bottle, 2015, poured into snifter. Clear brown with no head. Aroma is nice caramel malt, medium body, no carbonation, and very little lacing. Taste is caramel malt, oak, some alcohol, and toffee. Pretty good, but heavy. Angelmonster (199) - Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2016
This is review of 2013 vintage. Bottle is around 2 1/4 years old at this point.
Pours an extremely dark brown, looks closer to an imperial stout than a barleywine. Head is very thin and mocha colored. Head retention was non existent and neither was lacing.
Smell is big on caramel, burnt sugar, brandy soaked figs, vanilla, and oak. Bourbon is slightly present but blends nicely. No hops apparent, this is a malt bomb.
Taste is very sweet and somewhat dry. Burnt caramel, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and slight oxidation are main flavors detected. As beer warms I’m getting big hits of dried fruit, prune, fig, and dates. That along with some warming alcohol gives the beer a false sense of being aged in cognac barrels rather than bourbon. Maybe the prolonged aging is to blame for that. Hops are nowhere to be found, sweet malt and alcohol is the name of the game here.
Mouthfeel is oily, dense, and somewhat undercarbonated. Alcohol is slightly astringent, head was never a factor unfortunately.
Overall, beer was good, solid representation of the style. Just wish there was more head and a bit more carbonation. Maybe 2 years in the bottle have diminished some of the qualities that were present in 2014 when I had this beer at Gabf yourilevesque (1829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2016
Chez Alexandre. Merci à Éric pour le partage! Un liquide dont la robe pourpre est digne des Grands Alcools de ce monde. Foncé et clair comme du cristal, le liquide affiche une robe profondément pourpre aux nuances infinies. Ornage, pourpre, rouge, rubis, brique... Toutes les teintes s’y trouvent. Aucune mousse en surface; ce liquide arbore toutes les teintes possibles que les grands Cognac peuvent présenter. Nez très alcoolisé par un vieillissement abusif en barriques de bourbon. C’est sucré, vanillé... décadent! Du caramel, toffee, sucre d’orge et cassonade. C’est intense et il faut aimer. J’aime. En bouche le liquide manque à mon avis de subtilités. Cette fois c’est le chocolat qui prend le dessus. L’alcool est bien sûr encore très présent. Une sensation plutôt déplaisante de sucre qui me râpe la gorge détourne mon attention des saveurs somme toutes douces auxquelles je ne peux accorder toute l’attention qu’elles méritent. Aucune amertume, peu de bois, longueur moyenne, il faut être un minimum de 8 personnes pour partager cette bouteille. Art (3217) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle shared at Gaucho. Pours a medium brown Amber color. Aromas of vanilla and candied dark fruits. Taste is sweet for sure but not cloying. Thick syrupy body. Low carbonation. Solid barleywine. poisoneddwarf (2511) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - JAN 15, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2016 Foiled bomber. 2015 bottle, 14% ABV. Aroma starts out pungent with strong bourbon notes, but it milds out pretty quickly, leaving a perfect smelling barrel-aged beer--coconut, vanilla, light wood, licorice, raisin, toffee, and some cheese. Pours a deep dark brown with one finger of tan foam that reduces after a minute. Taste is sweet and savory with all aroma deScriptors represented in flavor. I really dig the cheesiness. Kind of a curveball there. Body is full, mouthfeel damn near chewy. As good of a barrel-aged beer as I’ve ever had I think, rivaling Firestone Walker’s Anniversary beers. The only thing preventing a perfect score is a feeling of being slightly burned out on these types of beers lately. If I had rated this a year or two ago, it could have been a perfect score, I think.