Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2011 Bottle shared by Darren at Belmont blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2011
This was cracked open during a Barleywine tasting, and while amongst several other incredible beers, this one was my top for the night. About twice as dark as every other barleywine we opened before it, it poured a dark reddish brown with a small head. The aroma was sweet and malty and had a high amount of Bourbon. The flavor was more balanced than I expected, with lots of caramel, vanilla, and even some chocolate. All mixed together nicely with a perfect amount of bourbon. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Outstanding brew.
2009 bottle poured a cola brown in color with barely any head and an overall still look. aroma has light oxidation, caramel sweetness, toffee, bourbon, chocolate, tobacco,and alcohol. mouth feel is thick and sugary with very little carbonation. flavor brings in some chocolate, toffee, roasted peat, bourbon, vanilla, molasses, and a thick malted base. there is no hiding the alcohol in this beast and although the beer itself is quite nice it becomes almost overpowering. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2011
650 ml bottle at BA line tasting. Thanks to whoever brought this. Pours an opaque dark brown color with a small tan head. The nose is aromatic with dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla and oak. The flavor is sweet and complex with bourbon, sherry, dark fruits, leather, caramel and toasted grains. The palate is full, smooth and a bit oily. The finish is long and glorious. Overall: A top notch brew--reminded me a bit of owd macs, I was surprised to see that this was a BW and not a stout..dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Earlier Rating: 6/7/2009 Total Score: 4.2
Bottle at toncatchers event. Thanks Dennis. A brown pour with a small off-white head. Aroma of a classic barleywine, plus some dark fruit, and a touch of whiskey. The flavor has oak, bourbon, dark fruits and brown sugar. The palate is full and malty. The finish is long with lingering sweet fruits. Overall: A very tasty BW... must get more.
Huge thanks to daknole! Bottle pours burnt ruby with a khaki head. Aroma is heavy malt with milk chocolate, caramel, delhi dates, tobacco, and bourbon. Flavor shows the same with some definate barrel presence. Overall body is moderate to full, and the finish is warming. Damn good stuff! Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Full aroma of Bourbon and sweet malt under a veil of pleasant, softening oxidation. The huge alcohol component is kept in check by the excellent barrel-aged qualities which really allows for the complex vanilla, toffee, caramel, and subtle ripe cherry notes to emerge and express themselves. Warm and smooth on the palate with a lovely long finish. Excellent.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2011
2010 MAOS bottle. Nose is dominated by whisky with minor chocolate and caramel notes. Pours a deep amber to brown with no head. Complex in the mouth. A big chocolate and caramel sweetness punctuated by whisky throughout. Long, drawn out flavor with a silky but very full mouthfeel. Intense but well-balanced. Slight alcohol heat but not overwhelming. douglas88 (9418) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2011
22 ounce bottle shared with the New Year’s crew. 2009 vintage. Pours a murky dark brown almost black color with a small beige head. A nice aroma; sweet vanilla and bourbon barrel, hops, rich fruit and caramel. A great flavor; massive malts, fruity and dry, bourbon, some heat, light fruity hops, dusty, very sweet and dry. Lovely. A sipper for sure, loads of heat. deyholla (11721) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Bottle via Shane, thanks! Poured a clear cherry mahogany/garnet with a foamy eggshell head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had notes of sweet caramel and sweet chocolate with a surprising peat backing. There was also a bourbon burn. Flavor was full of caramel, rich sweet chocolate and had a nice bourbon finish. kbutler1 (1381) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Bottle. Mother of All Storms. Poured into a tulip glass a dark mahogany brown color wih reddish highlights. Minimal head. Strong aroma of bourbon, oak, and molasses. Nice rich flavor blended flavors of bourbon, malt, oak, some bitterness, caramel, and dark fruit. Very rich but very good. Nice sipper. Solid. Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2010
One of the absolute most delicious beers I have ever tasted. Smoother than anything with this abv ever should be. Hige molassis and woody flavors. Simply fantastic.