Squizzle (305) - Ashland, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2017
Super tasty with small sips. Its a smorgusboard of complex flavors. At $9 a glass I better like it! On tap at Rogue Growler with Celina. KyotoLefty (10808) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 5, 2017
2014 and 2015, side by side. Big malt nose, raisins, caramel, booze, dried fruits galore, some orange. Great raisiny flavor with caramel and treacle. Silky and smooth, the 2014 was for me a step above the 15. maekchu (4098) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 5, 2017
Bomber, 2014 vintage. Nose of strong sugary stone fruit and dark fruit, some barrel, along with alcohol fumes. Clear dark reddish/brown color. Super sweet, caramelly, vanilla, light bourbon, and some slightly tart dark fruit. Heavy body, very smooth and slick. Rich, ripe stuff. A bomb on the tongue. emartell (353) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - DEC 27, 2016
Excelentes y complejos aromas. Destacan las notas dulces, el bourbon, grano, madera, nuez, algo de pasas y un toque licoroso similar al oporto.
Su color es negro con tonos granates, de cuerpo redondo y denso, carbonatacion baja y ligera corona de espuma de nula retención.
En Boca es suave, dulce, compleja, con notas a frutos secos y un final licoroso.
Al paladar es exquisita contemplando que se está a punto de beber. Los lupulos son inexistentes por el tiempo de guarda. Se desarrollaron notas a oporto. Se perciben fácilmente los sabores a pasas e higos, es densa, se encuentran el bourbon y la madera. Es sumamente maltosa y el final es pronunciado, largo, pleno de sabor y algo alcohólico, aun que definitivamente este último punto.muy bien integrado.
En general es muy buena. Disfrutada a cada sorbo y con ganas de dar el que sigue. DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 13, 2016
2016 bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma is essentially dominated by sweetness, vanilla, and bourbon. There might be a touch of caramel present. I don’t really smell the base beer in any way. The beer itself has a brownish-yellow head that is fairly strong, and a mahogany, slightly transparent body. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say this is a BA Impy Stout at this point. Starts with a sweet, sugary, sticky, caramel and toffee flavoring. A little buttery diacetyl is also present, but I think that’s ok in a big English Barleywine. The middle has a little bit of bourbon and vanilla flavors, but the bourbon is surprisingly not over-done flavor-wise. This finishes with some leather and tobacco. It’s a bit warming, and the ethanol is surprisingly well-hidden. The mouthfeel on this is just the right balance of carbonation to make this dangerously drinkable. This is decadent, and a little on the sweet side. Definitely something I would enjoy drinking 8oz of, but 22oz is going to be tough to drink solo.
CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2016
2016 bottle. Bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, oak, and syrup dominate the aroma. This beer is quite pungent. The head is ever so wispy, and fades fast. Flavors are much the same, with the added warmth. The heat from the alcohol is pleasant, and soothes the body into complete relaxation. This is a beer, when consumed alone, brings you into the land of "Who Gives a Shit?". The texture is rich, and slick. Quite honestly, I’ve quite had it with the barrel-aged trend, but Pelican has been brewing this beer prior to that trend, and they’re doing a damn good job with it. For me, the texture is hard to beet. Every year I can count on this being just as great as the previous year. Well done. Bule (2309) - California, USA - SEP 24, 2016
22oz bottle of 2015 release. Pours a dark brown color with a bit of head. Delicious malty bourbon aroma. Smooth malty flavor with good balance of bourbon. Alcohol well hidden. Was much hotter when newly released.
PotjeBier (3834) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle (2011 edition) @home, from my first trade with Richiesd in 2012, big thanks! Deep dark brown color. Beige head with short retention. Aroma’s boasting of bourbon, sweetness, vanilla, some dried fruit, alcohol, booze, caramel, perhaps a tiny bit oxydized. Retronasal it’s boozy/alcoholic, sweet, vanilla, bourbon. Flavor is rather sweet, sticky, alcoholic. Strong alcohol feel. Medium to full bodied. Long finish, slightly woody. Lovely stuff. DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2016
Shared at Craft. Poured hazy dark brownish with tan head. Nose was caramel malt, oaky bourbon, vanilla. Dense mouthfeel, with flavors of oaky bourbon, caramelly tannins, vanilla. Gets a bit hot late. jc1762 (1651) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 10, 2016
Poured into a snifter showing caramel brown rims and a dark center with no head.
The nose shows dark notes of caramel.
The palate is thick bodied with no carbonation. Barely any sweetness. Flavors of dry caramel and hints of smoke. Moderate hoppy bitterness.