alexsdad06 (3806) - Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. I’ve had this many times and love it whether it is fresh or aged. pours a deep amber with small off white head. The nose is a nice mix of sweeter caramel and other malty goodness with some grassy, and fruity hops. Flavor, when fresh is a solid American barley wine (caramel, fruity, wood) and with age becomes a nice sweet malty experience (caramel, brown sugar). This is one of a few beers I generally keep around to drink from time to time.
Wombata (350) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Bottle. Aroma: Dried grassy hop, dried roasted caramel, toffee. Dried orange and orange rind gives lift.
Palate: Creamy on mid-palate.
Flavor: Dried caramel, bitter toffee, sweet candied orange and orange rind. Long, "dry" sweetness.
Comment: Beautiful integration of flavors and carbonation. Has aged very well under good conditions (cool basement plus spent past year in fridge). Persistent head and carbonation. Well-balanced bittering that allows the malt to strut its stuff.
ads135 (2330) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A nice barleywine, dominantly plum and alcohol, but traces of raisin and toffee. Thin and deep reddish brown. Bought in Juneau at the 4 IGERT workshop.
badhack (229) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2011 vintage. Brown, the color of cola. Just enough fizz to remind you it’s beer. Smells of yeast, cola, dark fruit and a hint of berry. Taste is subtle, hints of malt and chocolate, alcohol. Sweet and heavy on the tongue. Caramel and hops in the finish.
jcweaver (740) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (2009). Pours medium brown with a small brown head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar and citrus/pine hops. Moderately sweet flavor of caramel and brown sugar with citrus and pine hops, and some light chocolate. Smooth and not overly sweet. A great beer.
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 bottling. I get hints and wafts of rubber but it comes and goes so I can’t say that it is autolysis necessarily. Overall a solid beer, alcohol is well-hidden. Very malty barleywine. Drinking this in the balls-hot heat of Florida summer and it is still nice and smooth. little hot alcohol on the backend.
Sledutah (3624) - Utah, USA - MAY 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle shared by Mike, thanks
Appearance: Clear amber with a medium sized off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Malty and dusty caramel
Taste: Malty, dark fruit, caramel and woody
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
09 vintage generously shared by shadowane. Thanks again Rich!
Pours a dark ruby/plum color with mahogany edges and one finger off white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Musty, earthy aroma with leathery malt, spicy rye, toffee, caramel and dark fruit. Also picking up some subtle piney hops.
Medium bodied and still surprisingly hoppy with resinous, bitter and dry piny hops. This is countered by a prominent earthy malt character. Leathery and slightly boozy with caramel, toffee and faint dark fruit notes. Malt becomes more prominent as it warns. Waves of sweet booze come and go and even though the abv is relatively well masked, I get a strong ethanol rush in the finish.
deekyn (851) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - pours ruby red with no head. S - aromas of prunes, brown sugar and molasses. M - full bodied exceedingly sweet alcohol warmed brew. T - prunes and figs up front. Caramel, brown agar and molasses on the palate. Some spice and then sticky malts end. 6+
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2009 pours a darker brown small head. Tastes sweet caramel dark fruit bit flat not bad not great.