jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle w/ the bro. OK, wtf? Are people really diggin this? That tart/sour twang can’t be what Pete and crew were going for, was it? This was tough to muscle down ... something seems to have went wrong here. A pretty big let down ... not sure what to think ... anyone have any idea?
koleminer20 (1372) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared at a tasting hosted by Steebo on February 13. The pour is a dark brown, definitely not see through with a thin finger of medium tan colored head that falls almost immediately to a ring. The aroma is a little boozy up front, letting the 11% make its presence known. There is a good heavy raisin on this one as well. Just a hint of caramel rounds out the back end with a good dose of oxidation. I think this one would’ve been good a year or two ago. The flavor is very mimicking of the nose. There is the caramel, raisin, light molasses or brown sugar, and the oxidation drowns out in the end. The mouth feel is definitely light. The carbonation isn’t really there anymore, and it slides right off the tongue. The aftertaste is lingeringly oxidized raisin and molasses. Not too bad, but I wish I’d gotten to one of these fresher
johnnnniee (3152) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Mike’s Barleywine tasting, thanks for the opportunity!
Big fruit and sherry notes with a bit of caramel still left. Great to try but maybe a bit over the hill.
dalekliz (903) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle that it seems like it’s probably time to drink. Pours a very dark reddish-brown with a tan head that fades. Rich aroma, booze, dark fruits, wood, grass, maybe a hint of spices. Taste is sharp and boozy, of dark fruits, yeast, wood, then picks up smoother roasted malt, caramel, and bitter coffee notes, with just a hint of faded hops. Lingering sharpness. Maybe a bit old but still tasty.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2015 Bottle: Deep, murky brown & copper color with a fading khaki collar. Aroma of sticky caramel, toffee, plum, apple, faint red grape, a slight touch of papery oxidation, & moderate butterscotch. Mildly earthy. Flavor is lightly oxidized with notes of stale caramel, toffee, earth, toast, mild molasses, plum, hints of anise, & a light sprinkle of cocoa dust. Perhaps a little past its prime but still OK.
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 3, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rated in 2014, so aged 6 years. Looks reddish brown, with a ring of foam. Smells winey, with hints of cherry. Pleasantly tart. I’m not sure if this is infected or what, but it is lightly sour and a bit winey, in a very appealing way. Very enjoyable.
slowrunner77 (7860) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"bigger maltiness in this brew, in the nose and flavor. holy cow. i wonder if it was always this ridiculously malt driven or if the hops faded after 2+ years in the bottle. lots of toffee & dark fruit sweetness. booziness in the aroma but not the taste. overall, a nice beer, but average for Alesmith, and not wuite as good as their "regular" barleywine. you’d expect an anniversary ale to be a step up..."
MadIndian (2663) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade. Nice notes of Dark Fruit, vino, caramel and bread.
Very smooth for 11% and everything I expected from a great brewery like Alesmith.
orangesol (984) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
*Moving old ratings over here*
Big thanks to Deuane for busting this one out after our MD/DE trip.
A - Pours ruby tinged brown with a small one finger tall white head leaving spotty lace down the glass.
S - Smells of sweet caramel malts, candied sugar, faint hop bitterness, and some light tartness. Not too bad but I have had better.
T - Starts off with lots of caramel sweetness slowly giving way to a mix of toffee, candied sugar, dulled hop bitterness, and the light funk from the nose. The finish is a mix of sweetness and light booze heat, lingering on the pallet for a short period of time.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet feel with only a tiny bit of booze creeping in toward the end of the glass.
O - This one was OK. The flavors were all there but it was a little muddled. I wouldn’t mind trying the BA version in the future but I wont be actively seeking it out.
BelgianBeerGal (3500) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Brown and bronze color with a cola-like head. Sweet aroma of caramel, cherries and a hint of coffee and cinnamon. Big flavor with some tartness at first but then settles into some warming, boozy sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden. Fine.
blankboy (6781) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[My bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, JoeMcPhee, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o Glouglouburp] Pours a murky reddish brown with a spare semi-lasting bubbly white head. Aroma of dark fruit, light hops, caramel malt, some wood and some alcohol. Flavour of dark fruit, raisins, hops, wood and a long bitter finish. Really good stuff, it held up well.