Art (3219) - 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 (2603) - 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. cobaink2 (743) - seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Taste from chucks CD. Carmel and vanilla are well blended. A little carbonation on the back end. Nice!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Brentv (680) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2016
From bomber. This is a 2013 bottle opened in January of 2016. Pours dark dark coppery brown with a very small orange-cream colored head. Huge aroma of caramel. Taste is very sweet with caramel and gingerbread, with a strong finish of biscuit. Full mouthfeel. Viscous. Very sweet and good, but I can’t drink much of this. It’s so rich. JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2015
2013 bottle. Dark amber brown, with a thin (almost non existent) head. Very sweet, sugary, some dark fruit, molasses, cardboard, light oak, and very light on the bourbon. It’s not that old, but still noticeably oxidized. Unfortunately I am not liking this too much, it’s okay, but does not live up to the hype.
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - DEC 28, 2015
2014 bottle. Thanks Roger.
This was poured into a tulip, why, well, because I broke one of my snifters today and I’m an asshole.
Here’s the rest;
The appearance was a black color with a slim finger-ed filmy head that quickly dissipated to leave barely nothing for lacing.
The aroma makes up for lack of show in the aroma to allow a stellar amount of sweet caramel, light toffee, subtle tobacco, eloquent vanilla, sweet boozy/alcohol (almost bourbon-esque sort of underlying aroma).
The taste enables a sweet to glossy slide of the malts just riding all along my tongue in a sticky sort of sweet fashion. Definitely a sweet sticky aftertaste of the malts running into the finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body as it’s a good sipper. Carbonation runs extremely light but I’m assuming that’s because of the age of the bottle, so no worries.
Overall, English Barleywine, oh hell yeah! Definitely fits the style and am extremely glad I finally got to try this. Karstenborg (1101) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2015
Almost black with a small white head. Aroma is rye, chocolate and bisquit. Taste is rye, caramel and bread. Plovmand (8534) - Grindsted, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle shared with karstenborg at xmas night in Rauland, Norway. 2010 edition. Very dark brown body with a creamy tan head. Huge toasted caramel aroma. Loads of crackers and biscuits. Toasted barley. Oak and nuts. Rye bread. Huge complexity here. The flavor is loaded with toasted rye bread and crackers. Chocolate and caramel. Some hoppy notes. Oak. Boozy notes. Just brilliant. Hopverdju (1383) - BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2015
Zwart bier zonder schuim. Vanille en cacao geur. Bitter-zoete lekkere chocolade smaak. thepatrickman (1398) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2015
2012 vintage, bottle share at Earth Eagle. This is a thing of beauty. All of the strengths of an aged barleywine are here -- smoothness, sweetness, fantastic flavor -- and the barrel again counteracts any limpness or oxidization that you typically get by 3 years out. Strong flavor, rich and complex. Extremely highly recommended.