JoeMcPhee (8152) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2009 Bottle 2008 vintage.
Deep amber pour. The nose is pretty intense. Rich sweet nose and a bit of sweet malt and light chewy caramel. A nice toffeeish character toward the back, but also with a pretty assertive fruity hoppiness. A kiss of chocolate adds another touch of malt complexity to the brew. Itís got a lot of fruity hoppiness but it doesnít really come across as being all that bitter. Intense mix of flavour that are still nicely balanced. Sort of a dark, toasted barleywine, but itís pretty nice really.
Tap at the 2006 Hard Liver Festival. Vintage 2004. Gorgeous amber-garnet colour, nice fine-laced dark tan head. Sticky lace as well. Aroma is fairly herbal and minty. Sweet malts, well balanced. Flavour is malty but also very fruity with cherry and blackberry esters throughout. Lingering peppery finish.
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NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2012 Bottle @ home. 2008 vintage. Dark red appearance with a fluffy, light brown head. Potent caramel malty, sweet, fruity, fairly earthy hoppy, light woody nose. Potent sweet, somewhat fruity, woody, toffee, earthy hoppy flavor. Incredibly smooth, flavorful brew. Spectacular!
Sammy (8017) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark with nice bubbly head. Great for a young barleywine, with citrus and lots of barley in the aroma, and in the taste. Above-average mouthfeel. Good satisfying aftertaste.
Drake (7831) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle, 2008 vintage, courtesy of kramer quite some time ago. Lemme see... Iíve had this since July 2009 myself. Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel, earthy hops and berry-like fruits. The taste is toffee, bitter hops, caramel. Medium-full bodied. Nice barleywine.
BMan1113VR (7769) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 bottle thanks to blutt59 (now I can cellar my other bottle). Pours with a slightly brown head over a hazy ruby colored body. Aroma is floral with hops, honey, raisins, peaches and brandy. Taste is very sweet (bordering on cloying), candied raisins, and light hops. Syrupy mouthfeel, light bubbles.
3fourths (7764) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2005 Hard Liver 2005
Toasted grains, big buttery bread and toast flavors and aromas everywhere. Light carbonation, sweet and thick with strong brown sugar and maple, with some hefty bread crust and moderate hop bitterness, but overall not too sweet, just a semi-caustic brown sugar and molassess sweetness. An interesting BW that made a lot of heads turn at the festival, but not one of my top picks.
GT2 (7691) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
651mL 2007 ed. Clear ruby cola pour- darker for style. Medium, tan head forms with nice, webby lace. Big orange mint nose typical for style with big raisins and dark fruits. Taste is brown sugar, bitter chocolate, red fruits, big sugar character. Spicy bitterness attempts to balance a behemoth of a sweet beer. Good stuff. Has to be sipped.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2011 My Bottom Line:
Dried cherries, caramelized cereals and long toasted bread notes evolve into resinous hop bitterness in this proud Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the hazy cherry red.
-The aroma could use some more depth, which may be given by a little maderization...
-Hops are also earthy and leafy, nearly balancing out the serious malt character.
-Dextrins are well levelled with the smooth intensity of the carbonation, creating a refined mouthfeel.
-The caramelized malts almost reach the chocolatey side of the flavor spectrum. The fruit jam notes are pleasant too.
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks to Old Mr. Crow for this one. Pours turbid deep brownish ruby with 1-finger khaki head and nice concentric lace rings. For a beer this big, the lace stayed around for a while. The nose was fruity, with strawberry, blueberry, cherry, heavy malt, hops, and some perfumy florals. The palate was rich, hefty, complex, and not hot at all, with flavors of big fruit and berries, heavy caramelly malt, hops, and some late chocolate notes. Not only is this one of the best barleywines I have yet quaffed, but it is one of the best beers as well. An early contender for Doc Lock Beer of the Year status.
jercraigs (7294) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008-09-17. Deep ruby brown body, modest tan head. (4+) Aroma is surprisingly mild, but has some lovely character to it. Restrained alcohol, dryish caramel malt over sweeter but less prominent base. Very mld touch of sweet raisin/fruit. (7+) Flavour is similar, a bit of warm alcohol weaving its way throughout but is barely noticeable rally. Dry toasty malt, light hoppy bitterness up front. Understated sweet malt support. Smooth medium bodied palate is lightly carbonated. (4+) Really nice. Simple but extremely drinkable, ridiculously so. Yumm! <i>Bottle from Downtown Wine and Spirits, Anchorage</i>