koleminer20 (4385) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2017
From notes. Enjoyed at a share up at Huffman Lake with some good dudes the weekend of September 30 through October 01. 750 mL bottle, Blend #2. Part of a 19 beer blind barleywine tasting. The pour is a darker brown color, very dark and viscous, with a thin ring of dark mocha colored head and no lace, just glass staining power. The aroma is fantastic. There is a ton of caramel and chocolate up front with a heavy dark fruit that grows. There is a good brown sugar to it and a light and growing alcohol. A hint of vanilla and oak round out the back end. Whoa baby, this is excellent. The flavor is just as good. The chocolate and dark fruits are incredible with the caramel and brown sugar really growing into it. There is a light charred oak and the bourbon works, opening up into a little more vanilla on the flavor. This is just complex, deep, and lovely. The mouth feel is heavy bodied with a soft carbonation and a lingeringly chocolate-covered dark fruit with a nice caramel and lingering alcohol. This is pretty damn good. Big time want crossed off here. 9 5 9 5 19Alengrin (6092) - BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2017
Personally rated 2/19 in the blind tasting. Aggregate had it T6/19.
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2017 English style barleywine aged on wine and bourbon barrels, from a bottle at B.U.M.B.A. in Antwerp, thanks Jan for sharing. Virtually no head, translucent and clear deep mahogany-hued bronze robe, like a glass of old sherry. Intense, stunningly beautiful, mature and complex bouquet of old 'maderised' sweet sherry, hazelnut oil, walnut, bourbon, wet vanilla-ish oak, candied figs, cognac and old red wine, honey liqueur, butterscotch, plum brandy, home made caramel, toffee apple, subtle hint of fried bacon somewhere. Intense flavour of fig, Sultana raisins, candied pear, sweet but nowhere cloying, very vinous, thick and oily mouthfeel gliding heavily over the tongue, leaving behind a thick trail of nutty, caramelly and toffeeish malts further sweetened with honeyish residual sugars and guiding the palate towards a complex grande finale of ongoing thickly nutty maltiness, beautifully dosed tannic woodiness including old vanilla bean-like traits and bourbon colourings; wine effects, normally providing a certain tartness, remain cloaked in sweetness and woodiness - and take on an old (elegantly oxidized) medium dry sherry-like note which lasts and lasts, bringing considerable alcohol warmth to throat and chest, yet even at 14% ABV, there is not a trace of unpleasant astringency and though this is obviously a hefty sipper, to be ingested in a cautious and contemplating way, drinkability (proportionally) remains remarkably high. I adore a good, aged English style barleywine and it's hard to imagine there are many others out there that get any better than this. Astonishing. MarcoDL (5584) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 8, 2017
Bottle at Hopishop 2017. Aroma of bourbon booze, malt, raisin, cherry and caramel fudge. Flavor of vanilla, bourbon booze, caramel fudge, cherry and ripe malt. Long finish. Very good. xmarcnolanx (945) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2017
Aroma burnt sugar, vanilla, and tons of barrel character (oak, caramel, alcohol, red fruit)
Pours with no head.
Taste is burnt augar, oak, faded pine hops, alcohol, caramel, and vanilla.
Finish is cloying, sweet, slightly alcoholic, and slightly sour.
beernbourbon (1609) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2017
Bottle shared by John, thank you! Pour is one shade lighter than stout with almost no head - a thin ring of sporadic bubbles. Aroma is brown sugar, toffee, and vanilla with a light buttery nutty aroma. Huge and rich Favor is true with loads of sweet toffee malt and rich vanilla bourbon. Like liquid brown sugar aged in vanilla bourbon More please.
JAXSON (612) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2017
Blend 2. Super dark pour with light carbonation. Nose is heavily malty with raisin liqueur, a touch of smoke. Mouth is super malt-forward again with strong dark fruits (dates), lots of bourbon barrel, a bit of smoke. Rough and brash but good stuff. phaleslu (11075) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2017
750 ml bottle shared by John - thanks a ton, John! Blend #2. Finally slaying this personal whale. Pours a cloudy browned amber with a small beige head that quickly settles into a ring. Oh man, this is so decadent. Massive barrel character here. Layers upon layers of sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, oak, dried fruits, nuts, and vanilla. The oak has some char to it and the bourbon brings some warmth. Medium-plus bodied, with modest carbonation and a sweet, warming mouthfeel that soaks into the palate. Really digs in, but in a good way. This is a beast, but it’s absolutely delicious and immensely satisfying. b3shine (9427) - Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2017
750 ml bottle to goblet (Blend #2). Been chasing this whale for awhile now, and am happy to have harpooned it. Looks solid; a murky brown with no visible carbonation. Smells great! Loads of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and oak. Tastes like it smells, but less decadent, with a warming and pleasantly boozy full-bodied mouthfeel. A delicious sipper, but glad I didn’t become a eunuch to get the tick. rxeight (3344) - Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2017
B2 bottle from the brewery. Murky dark brown. Aroma is light bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee. Taste is super smooth bourbon, oak, vanilla. Very well balanced, super smooth. Low carb, full body. For the style, it’s about as good as it gets. nickd717 (5094) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle at a tasting. Hazy dark brown with a small head, decent retention. Huge aroma, bourbon, leather, molasses, toffee. Sweet flavor, awesome, toffee, dark fruit, slight tannins. Thick, low carbonation. Nice overall.