Gachupines (974) - USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber brown with a light lacing of white head. Aroma is slightly musty with notes of pine resin. Flavor is bittersweet with decent hops and a strong resinous mouthfeel. Finish is a little sticky sweet with and underlying bitterness that is a bit distracting. The body is also a bit thinner than I’d prefer. Overall, fairly decent but not an excellent barley wine.
McWorta (754) - LUXEMBOURG - JAN 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber colour with a rocky dark white fading head and slow viscousity. Aromas of ripe fruits, like mango, banana and faint red currant develop with notes of figs and caramel malts. Soft carbonation with a slick-smooth texture and a fully body. Flavours of fruity sweetness develops encompassed by a solid malt structure yet leaving enough room for a well pointed hop bitterness inducing the quest for another sip. Long lasting very harmonic finish offering an interplay between sweet and bitter. Very good!
Patrickctenchi (4379) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy, brown...with a small tan head.
Sweet wood, fig/raisin aroma.
Taste is brown sugar, caramel malt, raisin...
Slightly dry alcohol bitter...a little dark bread notes.
A bit woody and bitter at the finish.
shrubber85 (8206) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can (courtesy of AirForceHops). Apricot, fig, and caramelized sugar malt aroma. Hazy amber with small head. Very sweet dried fruit (apricots, raisins, figs) and caramel malt flavor. Nice body. Very tasty - hides its strength well.
SHIG (3751) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitcher at GABBF: Poured a murky copper brown with a tan head. Aroma was dark fruits and malts. Taste was sweet fermented fruit, very hidden alcohol, and malty backbone.
jake65 (2791) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can, 8.4oz, canned 11/7/13. Pours a flat, murky reddish brown color with a thin ring of tan head. A sweet smell of faded citrus hops and caramel malt. Taste is again sweet; candied sugar, bready malt, caramel, and faded citrus hops. Still plenty of abv to be a winter warmer. There are enough lingering bitters to cover the sweetness, but I’d still like to try this fresh. Nice serving size, I’d rather buy a big beer in this size than a bomber any day of the week.
Beerdedone (2786) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours a dark mahogany color with a short white head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, citrus and alcohol. Flavor was lightly sweet with dark fruit, caramel malts, bread, alcohol and toffee. Medium body, medium carbonation, bitter dry finish.
Maxbier (496) - Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
8.4oz energy drink size can. Stored in my cellar for a year. Opaque copper brown with creamy tan head. Aroma like a plate of sweet spiced cookies and a hint of booze. Taste is initially hop bitter (even after a year), sticky toffee, alcohol, rum soaked raisins, warming alcohol, and tropical hop finish. I like a good barleywine and this is a good barleywine.
Johnsense (894) - - DEC 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour with a thin white head. Candied fruit, fig, fairly prominent hopping in both the aroma and taste. Some alcohol warming. Medium body. Would like to revisit this with some age on it.
brokensail (11998) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can @ home. Copper pour with a small khaki head. Juicy pineapple, grapefruit, and some piney hops. A little bit of booze and some herbal notes. Peach juice, too. Pretty heavy caramel and brown sugar as well. Flavor is just super sweet and caramel heavy. Lots of toffee and pineapple juice. Kind of bitter and boozy finish.
gramity (1518) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy chestnut color with a thin white head. Aroma is syrupy alcohol and citrusy hops, with a candied floral element. Taste is very boozy with grapefruit, and rum plum fruitcake into the finish.