Thnx to Tom VVH !
Pours very dark brown, no head. Scent is intense, thick, heavy and sweet, dried fruit. Taste is full, intense, dried fruit, medium intense alcohol. Woody, bit of alcohol heath. Thick bodied, low carbo. Pretty nice BW, as you came to expect by SP.
Bottle @ OBD share. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a small brown head. Notes of dark fruit, chocolate, toffee, burned wood, very oaky finish.
Blend 2 . Sampled in between Ratebeer and Brewver, so not much specific notes. Kindly shared by Duron. Specifically dark for the style, and shows much of the used barrels. Nice ! but a bit overhyped in my opinion
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.
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.