Aged 22 months at cellar temps in the parents’ pantry (here’s to hiding beers in plain sight!) and less unrelentingly bitter than it was a year ago. There’s still massive amounts of dark chocolate but also some umami and better balance overall.
Purchased at The West Side Tavern & Cold Beer StoreEarned the For the Can (Level 80) badge!
Continues to be the worst barleywine I’ve ever had, and I’m glad this is my last bottle, about 3 years aged I think? Time hasn’t improved it. It’s got a bitterness that at its best approaches black licorice, and a bitter, dry and astringent finish.
Purchased at Uinta Brewhouse Pub
Huge disappointment. Loved this on draft at the brewery. From the bottle tonight it had off flavors on the nose, the vanilla tasted artificial, and the many flavors knocking about (vanilla, coconut, big malts) just didn’t cohere.
We had this right after the FOb, and they’re quite different but both great. The bitterness of this one made the barrel present to me more as whisky than bourbon, but this is a smooth and tasty stout without the sweetness of others.