TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Whole Foods in Louisville - Pours amber with a thin quickly receding tan head. Full to heavy bodied with soft carbonation. Notes of thick chewy malt, leather, alcohol, wine, oak, pepper. Very nice, not overly sweet, restrained hop notes. A nice sipper.
seymour (1707) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
11.2oz longneck brown bottle into a snifter goblet, 2012 vintage, at 3 years old this is possibly at its peak. It poured an opaque dark brown colour, reddish when held to the light, beige foam, thin but persistent layer of spritzy little bubbles, swirling would kick-up a new head each time, some fine lace. Beautiful example of lengthy bottle-conditioning. Mild but exquisite aromas of sweet cereal grains, challah bread, toast, flowery/earthy hops blending with alcoholic vapors to form a pleasant perfume. Bolder flavours: dextrine-y malt sweetness, rich melanoidins, caramel, toffee, molasses, cacao nibs, breakfast coffee, raisins, tart cherries, black plums, blackberries, raspberries, currants, raisins, nuts. Like Russian Brown Bread or a brandy-soaked Trappist fruitcake. Port wine tannins. Medium body (more highly-attenuated than you’d expect, thanks to the inimitable dual-strain yeast), low carbonation, well-rounded mouthfeel. Some residual sweetness but not sticky. Warming alcohol but no hot fusels. Crazy complex aftertaste. Profoundly delicious, a rare masterpiece. Barkeep, another please!
rayaron (839) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - MAY 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer and Beyond, Tel Aviv. Clear deep brownish with small beige head. Aroma of candy, notes of bubblegum and marshmallow, a bit woody, some liqueur, butterscotch and honey. Flavor of raisin and milk chocolate, very alcoholic, notes of liqueur, some prune, moderate bitterness and sweetness, some honey. Moderate carbonation, medium to full-bodied.
zvsn (1155) - ISRAEL - MAY 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond shop, 2013 edition. Murky brown with reddish hues. Smell of candy, licorice, dried fruits and honey. Taste of caramel, prunes, raisins, toffee and coffee liquor. Medium-full bodied, sticky and oily. Nice.
minutemat (2786) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle, Nov 14. Pours mahogany brown with thin off-white head. Not as rich as expected with this ABV, rather smooth, drinkable and balanced with mild dark fruits, brown sugar and malts. Went down quick.
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle pours with a dark mahogany colored body that supports a thin tan head. The aroma offers up pretty inviting caramel and plum to fig like sweet dark fruity esters that rolls into a bit of booziness at the end of the draw. The taste is very nice as it delivers a pleasing blend of sweet caramel, a dash of chocolate malts, sweet plum and fig like fruity esters and then a boozy bite with faint astringent notes to add just the right balance. Darn nice sipper.
SudsMcDuff (7127) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle .. . why was the mouse kissing the cat? i don’t get it .. . prune brown .. mild foam .. . light oxidation, sherry, molasses and plum .. . medium mouth, chewy finish .. . solid barleywine, and it was only 2 bucks a bottle .. . . SHUT UP!!! I don’t have time to listen to your problems, my gerbil screwed me!
czar (6012) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(2012 vintage) pours unclear medium dark brown reddish with a small somewhat reviving light beige head, some lacing. brown spicy maltiness, warming booze, caramel - some layers, red fruits, sherry and wood - barrel-aged spanish sherry - with some of its tannins, some bananas and other estery fruitiness, earthy notes. light carbonation, medium body - oily and a bit sticky; sweetish caramel, astringent woodsiness and lightly earthy finish. sherry coulis and caramel sauce on a (under-ripened) banana split. not as strange as it sounds. thankfully english-y. i’ve come to particularly appreciate these english barleywines, so different than foreign ones, i.e. crafted in american fashion. this is not a grand cru for sure but it’s interesting and different enough.
wlajwl (4814) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is caramel and stock English malts and ale yeast. The flavor is caramel, earthy, slight scotch and a mildly sweet and tangy finish.
CpyNPrnT (521) - Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of lots of dark fruits, taste is more dark fruit, nice toffee malt, definite alcohol! Pretty good though and would drink this again.
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish brown pour with a brown head. Aroma is dark fruit. Taste is malty base, sweetness, dark fruit in the finish. Little creaminess to this. A little thin for a barley wine in my opinion. Tasty though. So-so lacing.