marcus (6586) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 bottle shared with bhensonb. This dark brown ale poured with a thin beige head, eliciting a caramel and plum aroma. There is a strong caramel malt flavor with raisins, and a long chalky hop finish. The mellow flavor effectively conceals the alcohol content.
bhensonb (11251) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 bottle. Aroma is just plain caramel. Brown color with a disappearing beige head. Strong malty flavors with floral hop. Exceptionally smooth. Not a trace of heat, and this is 10.4%. Quite an experience.
vferg (17) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing beer. Flavor was intense, and very shocked at how drinkable it is at this point. This is one I plan to hold onto for years to come but with it tasting as well as it did now I hope I dont run through them all early.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Courtesy beerlando. Pours dark red, with some brown, creamy tan head. Aroma is boozy caramel, apricot, candied toffee, raisin. Pretty rich in diversity. Piney soft chocolate hits the tongue right off the bat, with raisin, caramel, malty cereal. Quite good. Well-balanced, bitter hoppy finish.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy beerlando. Pours a pretty dark brown, with light light khaki head. Smells of dark caramel malts, some dark sweeter fruits, apple stands out, figs, molasses, and bready yeast. The flavor has a lot of that yeast character to it, along with the typical dark fruit and caramel malt you get in barley wines. This seemed to be balanced well, and the alcohol was masked pretty proficiently. Pretty standard in its flavors for this style, but thats not a bad thing. Tasty.
fordest (2008) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz Bottle shared with toncatcher. Citrusy aromas told me right off that this was a west coast barely wine. Lots of hoppy aromas and flavors. Lots of nice malty backbone too. Molasses and brown sugar up front with a decent hop finish. Pretty good.
notalush (4910) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to beastiefan2k for splitting and order of this stuff from LS - I should have known that a brewer from a place this cold could do a barleywine right - dark ruby beer, with a head that disappears fast, and completely, making the beer look almost still - prune and fig greet the nose first, followed by caramel, black cherry, some mild spices, brandy - sweet, but not cloying, with a mild bitterness and spice character to balance (actually a bit closer to traditional british examples than most american barleywines) - a very mild smokiness makes things very interesting - a bit of brandy flavor is enhanced by an alcohol warmth, but the beer never becomes boozy - caramel and lots of dark fruits - brown sugar - spices become increasingly powerful as it warms, but that only adds to the overall warming character of the beer - and who doesn’t want a barleywine to make them feel warm and fuzzy inside?
ChainGangGuy (4391) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a thin, wispy, off-white head.
Smell: Fruity, dark caramel aroma with notes of sap-covered wood and spice.
Taste: Blend of dark fruits (plums, raisins) and dark caramel with a moderate amount of sweetness. Touch of wood and yeasty spiciness. Restrained hop bitterness. There’s some brash booziness in the finish, but nothing a little time in the cellar can’t cure.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Warming alcohol presence.
Drinkability: A fine barleywine at the moment that should age quite nicely and only improve with time away in the cellar.
AmEricanbrew (5863) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At Hard Liver 2006. Dark amber color, nice foamy tan head. Good Cascade hop bud smell. Taste is mostly a mild sweetness witth caramel malt and pit fruit flavors.Mild alcohol burn to finish. Nice. 2005 vintage.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 Bottle. Dark, ruby red almost brown with medium head. Aroma is sweet malt with a bit of spicy hops. Taste is definitely on the hoppy/bitter side. A little sticky and plenty of alcohol coming through. I enjoy this, but man this is so much better aged. I’ll definitely have to re-rate if I see an old vintage around at a beer fest this spring.