maxwelldeux (4342) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught in a flight. Pours a reddish brown color with a slight haziness. Nose is malt forward, with some caramel tones coming off this. However, I do get a bit of dry resin underneath. I found the taste to be pretty well balanced, though there is a slight sweetness in there. I get a little bit of bread notes in the taste as well. I found this to be quite smooth, and not at all boozy - a deceptive 10.7%.
Bulk_Carrier (3627) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes. Consumed 1/06/13.
She pours a deep dark brown color and leaves the same colored body with a slim half fingered white foamy head that tries to dies but maintains a degree of trying to cling its best of clinging to the glass. In other words, there really isnít much lacing and the body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising.
The smell is mostly caramel flavored hops with a sort of bubblegum-esque sort of thing going on, I actually like how this combines (call me weird, but if I had a better trained nose, maybe Iíd figure out what is really going on here), can I just say very sweet.
The taste is sweet, ok, more than sweet, ok, exceptionally sweet, but still, thereís a degree of an oily raisinous flavoring coating the mouth. The aftertaste is somewhat of a sweet oily sort of alcohol-ness but coming through in a pretty good manner.
The palate is about a medium to heavy, not sessionable - this one is a sipper (donít gulp -youíre stupid if you do). Carbonation actually feels somewhat smooth for the most part.
Overall, wow, what a good American Barleywine that I would have again.
Ferris (12374) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft - Raisins, nuts, vinous barrel notes and a bit of dark sugar. Clear dark amber with a thin light brown head. Caramel, chocolate, red grape and some brown sugar. Finishes with some slight bitterness. Very smooth and flavourful.
rougeau13 (2544) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 Vintage. Clear reddish brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma of raisin, caramel, dark cherry, tropical fruit, and pine. Taste is full and malty with some booze and moderate bitterness. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and slightly dry. Kind of thin for what I expected. Decent, delicious aroma but not all that impressive tasting.
Frydaddy (24) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a 2009 that I had found in a store last year (2013). Which is crazy, since now the beer had aged for five years when I finally drank it. The hops aroma and bitterness was very subdued. Very malty and sweet wonderful. I have to say, it aged quite well. Some sherry notes detonated from the oxidation Iím sure. But all-in-all this beer ROCKED!! Iíd recommend to anyone if you can get your hands on one do it!
tmoreau (3622) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 2013 bomber poured to snifters, displaying a mahogany hue, with a modest layer of off white/light tan head foam, and spotty lacing. The nose offered an initial dank hint, with a touch of mustiness, caramel sweetness, esters as dried cherry, and lurking alcohol presence. Moderate hop bitterness was overshadowed by the hefty malt, as the taste continued with sweetness, some port/vinous nature, warming alcohol, and soft carbonation, all in a medium+ body. A worthy, winter defroster!
skinnycheeks (31) - - JAN 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2014 caramel, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, soft carbonation, medium body, bitter, a little bitter for my liking but not bad for the style!
flannelnomad (57) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like dark, dank cherry juice. Beautiful color. Caramel, deep stone fruit, a nice balance of hops that go well with the not over the top maltiness. Some nice alcohol but could use just a little extra punch at the end, just ended slightly one note for me. I must say though, Iím not a super huge fan of fresh american style barley wine, so for that style it is more to my liking.
furthur (879) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Decent dark cream head over beer the color of dark rum. Aroma apple and lychee, caramel, plum, spruce. Flavor plum, cola, spice, spruce, booze, cherries, apple, bruleed grapefruit. A bit sweet, but big flavors here and decent alcohol kick. Higher than average carbonation, decent viscosity. Finish is bitter sweet.
PS; I had to re-rate. This is sweet, but really very good. One of my favorites.
UDBeernut (2609) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
fresh 2013 bottle. pours redish amber, khaki head. nose has hop resin, caramel. taste is more malt centric, biscuits, toffee, caramel. mild bitterness on the finish. solid full body.