libertine (433) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2016
Pours a murky orange amber with minimal head. The malt sweetness, bourbon, toffee and fig are well balance in flavor and aroma. Slight bitter finish. Warming alcohol presence. Full bodied. Sticky texture. Slightly boozey but the sweetness balances it well. Angelmonster (200) - Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2016
Review is of 2 and a half old bottle dated Jan/2014
Pours a copper hazy color, head is very thin and egg shell white. For a barleywine, the lacing and head retention were surprising.
Smells of dried fruits, figs, prunes, and dates. Toasted and caramel malts are also present, as well as alcohol, diacetyls like a chardonnay. Hops arent really there, sweetness dominates this beer.
Main flavors in this beer are butterscotch, caramel, dried apricot and plum. Alcohol is definitely there, sadly not getting a ton of oak. Biscuity malts are the base of this beer, almost like an Imperial fat tire. Cant really pick out hops as in the aroma.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is good, small head added a substantial froth to coat the mouth.
Overall, this beer was on my want list for a long time so maybe the expectations were too high. Thought it was a solid barleywine but nothing phenomenal. Didnt get much from the oak barrels, alcohol was a bit messy, almost medicinal. Dont think this beer is too far off from Blithering Idiot. tightslice (1415) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 17, 2016
Bottle from Whole Foods Market in Winter Park, FL. Aroma is caramels, herbal candies, strong booziness. Taste is sweet caramel and toffee, very malty and herbal, earthy. Booze is intense but fitting and adds a great warming quality. oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2016
Pours a hazy reddish brown. Aromas of hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is malty, big alcohol taste, smooth bourbon with a citrus taste. Booga (114) - Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2016
12 oz bottle date 1/19/15. Pours murky light brown opaque color with frothy cream colored one finger head that persists. Deep caramel notes. Boozy and bitter. Pretty good but hot.
sinfull (1781) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Dark, brown color. Thin , off-white head . Aroma of raisins , bourbon , oak , caramel . Sweet, malty taste with bourbon and vanilla notes. Full , creamy body. Warming finish. altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle from Beer and Wine. Dark brown body with thin, tan head. Nose of bourbon, vanilla and anise. Taste also anise up front, and caramel, and malts and bourbon. Really nice beer with great, alcy finish. dlovell2 (2237) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Pours an amber brown color with a tan head. Aroma is fruity, raisins, dates, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Flavor is amazing. Rich fruity start, raisins, candied dates, coconut, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Lots of boozy vapors. Creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic. iggynelix (136) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2016
Strong alcohol on the nose with vanilla and caramel. Nice mouthfeel, but the alcohol is over present. tom10101 (6228) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2016
Bottle (12 oz) at home. Received as an extra from John in May 2013, so it’s probably 3 years old by now. Hazy dark amber with a small quickly fading tan head leaving no lacing. Aroma is intense and well rounded with bourbon, molasses, vanilla, dried fruits (figs, dates, plums), malt, mild spiciness, mild boozy presence... really complex. Taste is moderately sweet with loads of flavors again, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, dried fruits, mild spiciness, moderate boozy presence, oak and hints of tobacco. Full body. Moderate carbonation. Liquorous and a bit oily mouthfeel. Dried fruits finish with a well dosed alcohol warmth. Easy drinking, I easily drank the whole bottle by myself and probably a tad too fast. Really complex but also super well balanced. One of the best barrel-aged Barley Wine I have ever had. The age isn’t showing, or at least not in a bad way.