lb4lb (2224) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours rich maroon with a slight hazed look and a thin beige head. Smell is very fresh with dark malty sweetness comin in along with balancing hops in the form of grassy and vegetal notes, almost. Taste is moderately sweet but not syrupy at all, and balanced by the grassy hop flavor and a touch of alcohol. Something in this beer seemed a bit odd to me, and once I got "vegetal" in my mind, I couldnít shake that and enjoy it as much.
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. Iíll definitely have to re-rate if I see an old vintage around at a beer fest this spring.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a thick reddish brown with no head at all but rather a silky thin film that just lays on top. Smells grassy sweet and a bit hoppy too. The nice barley flavor is there with some nice undertones of hops - well done. Really present sweetness in the flavor that is a nice balance to the hops and alcohol.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle, 2007. Courtesy of travisd13. Pours a deep dark caramelly brown color. Moderate off-white head with decent retention and a little lace. Smells of spicy hops and alcohol. Tastes of spicy hops with a sweet malt finish. Beautiful. Full bodied but not too thick or syrupy, great carbonation. Its been a while since I had a BW that was this good.
JK (4293) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Skyview for sharing. A very west coast barleywine. Lots of bitter hops in the aroma. Flavor is balanced with sweet malt and loads of bitter, piney, grapefuity hops. Some sugar in there as well. Nearly indistinguishable from a IIPA, except for the heavy palate.
BlackForestCO (975) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 Another goodie shared by Crosling. Poured a deep garnet-amber color with a quickly receding beige head. Aroma of sweet malts, fruity (citrus and slight berries) undertones, and a nice hop character. Crisp malty flavor with sweet caramel undertones meld together with a slight citric fruitiness and moderately bitter hop finish. Slightly oily on the palate, and very smooth. Nicebarleywine.
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2009 old rating 6/4/8/4/16 - 3.8
pour is dark brown with a tint of red, large thick creamy beige head, excellent lacing.
smell of dark fruit, sweet, burnt caramel roasted nuts, and a touch of vanilla.
taste is creamy, prunes, raisins, some roasted nuts, caramel, end is dry and nicely bitter.
badgerben (4363) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 Vintage. Thanks to Skyview for the share. Dark red color with no head. Aroma is slightly orangy. Sweet malt is the prevailing taste, but very vegetal and grassy overall. A little hoppiness. Might benefit from a year or two.
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Received a single 2007 vintage 22-oz bomber from Liquidsolutions.biz and shared with our local Minnesota tasting gang at Cellarís WIne & Spirits weekly beer tasting in St Paul, MN. Pours a clear reddish amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that quickly dissipates to a fine film with no ring or foam head. Aroma of a tropical fruit, some citrus zest hop character, tangerines, and a little raspberry. Taste is medium bodied, low carbonation with flavors of sweet dark fruit, some light green vegetables, grassy hops and a touch of toffee. Finish is a little complex with some hop character, multi dark fruit and some vegetables. Iíll save the second bottle and add two years of aging to see how this matures.
jason (1675) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a deep, dark red body with thin head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, cherries. Flavor is a big caramel punch on the tongue, dark fruits, malty feel to it. Light sugar and sticky mouthfeel. While this is good for now, it really could stand 2-4 years for it to peak.