wedgie9 (1666) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 12/18/12 from a capped 750mL bottle obtained in a trade. Pours hazy, dark cola brown with a thin tan head that slowly recedes to a thin, bubbly collar of lace. The nose is very malty with tons of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, tons of bourbon, and just a light tinge of sour tartness at the end. The flavor is quite the same, just like a very malty English style barley wine with tons of bourbon up front, with a dry, sour finish. The body is full and syrupy with light carbonation and a long malty caramel, brown sugar, and bourbon, but very sour finish.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle number 43. Light brown pour with an off white head. Caramel and brown sugar aromas. Damn, this bottle is infected. In the background you can make out the sweet caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit notes. However, their enjoyment is diminished by the big sour notes upfront.
decaturstevo (4416) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown black pour with creamy tan head and lace. Aroma of BB, oak, vanilla, and raisins. Flavor is BB, chocolate, vanilla, abv, oak, and sweet dried fruit. Full bodied with good carbonation. Very nice
emacgee (3748) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a soft reddish amber with two fingers of sandy tan head. Nose is very malty, shows a light tartness and oyster sauce character. Prune and raisin and dried fruit all over the place. Lots of toffee and burnt sugar/caramel. Full bodied with a light carbonation.
SpringsLicker (2942) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2/433 shared at RBWG thanks to Markwise.
Pours clear dark brown.
Rich malt aroma, some whiskey.
Sweet flavor, lots of alcohol with a detracting tang to the finish.
SudsMcDuff (5375) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
always nice to see decadence, and even better when its a barreled variety .. . deep tan .. lots of puffy lacing spots .. . caramel, toffee, plum, and booze .. . slick and tart mouthfeel .. . an alright beer but the tartness detracts from the enjoyment .. . . watch what happens when I spill this blue liquid...
TURDFERGUSON (3760) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at RBWG. Swore I had rated this before (and know I have had this "sour" batch 3-4 times) so it’s getting entered this time. Metal stained orange brown with a small sudsy off white head. Nose is sweet, lots of oak, plenty of vinous woody sourness, brown sugar, light dark fruits. Flavor is similar, sourness overrides what would surely be more oxidized notes which would actually be pleasant in this style of barley wine. Oh well, fun to try this semi-rare bottle. Thanks to beercellar? for this gem!
Sledutah (3651) - Utah, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at RBWGJX 2013
Appearance: Clear dark brown with a small beige head
Toasted malts, dark fruit, vanilla, brown sugar and toffee
djd07 (2537) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2/433 thanks to Markwise. Pours a cloudy coppet with small off white head. The aroma is light oak and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel with light oak and bourbon with sweet finish. Held up very well, an impressive Barley wine from Alesmith.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I love the "incidental" sourness. It’s an infection and a beer that shouldn’t. Have been released in the first place... Instead they decided that that would make some money on the process and throw some shirty product on the market.... What the hell? Seriously alesmith? Do better!
nuplastikk (3831) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle courtesy of GT2 at DC tasting. Murky thick brown-amber-burgundy. Oily beige head. Big caramel bourbon aroma. Pretty damn nice beverage. Balanced, despite the massively rich sweetness. Mellowed/lost carbonation in the mouthfeel, but still excellent. Quite a treat.