deekyn (1118) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- pours a murky ruddy brown amber with a light beige head that dissipates quickly and clings to the glass. Great lacing. S- rye is present. Brown sugar, molasses, toffee, overripe apples, warm oak, graham crackers, figs, banana bread, light vanilla. M- Medium oily body with a sweet medium palate. Mild carbonation. T- sweet and sugary entry. Lots of toasted malts, brown sugar and vanilla. Oak and lightly bitter and dry rye follow. Mid palate is dried fruits, apples, autumn spice, and toffee. Ending is efficient, dry and full of minerals, banana, straw, grains and more oak.
djd07 (3299) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Cal. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong toffee, rye, caramel, booze, oak. Thin mouthfeel with nice sweet rye upfront, dark fruits, caramel, sweet finish with light booze. Easy to drink, very impressive.
DesertDevil (487) - Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750-mL bottle. The aroma is sharp and sweet with boozy young rye whiskey, caramel, and slightly green malt. Pours very clear copper. Smooth, refined taste of mellow whiskey, toffee, slightly smoked caramel malts, and a hint of tobacco. The flavors turn a bit one-dimensional after awhile with toffee taking over the rest. Hot finish; a somewhat light body for a barleywine. Nice, but not quite the exquisite experience provided by many of AleSmith’s other barrel-aged offerings.
kathouse (917) - Nevada, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the taproom. Brownish orange with some haze and a light tan foam that fades quickly. Odoriferous brown sugars, toasted oak, toffee, and some spice. Taste is caramel, citrus, oak and toasted malt followed by dark fruits, vanilla, and rye whiskey. Really sticky after a while. This will need some time to soak before pouring again.
GT2 (8184) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[ Bottle ][ Gil? ][ 750ml ][ 10K+OT Tasting ][ Stemless Wine Taster ][ 5/3/14 ]
>> Thanks Gil I think for this share. Pours low haze amber orange with no foam. Nose is camphor, tomato, vanilla. Taste is vanilla, buttery barrel, spices, tomato, bitter chocolate, rich toffee. Richer body. Okay.
CampesinoTino (752) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml Bottle of 2013 Vintage. Dark orange mahogany colored with a cap of light tan foam. Aroma blends dark sugars, toasted oak and rye with a bit of caramel malt. Taste is caramel, citrus peel and toasted malt upfront followed by notes of dark fruits, vanilla, oak and rye whiskey toward the end. Mouthfeel is thick and slightly syrupy with medium carbonation. Just enough rye barrel flavor to distinguish it from the bourbon barrel version.
Ernesto987 (3526) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet, molasses and caramel. Sticky and sweet with malty and spicy rye flavors. I like this studf
bhensonb (10702) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by oRos at California 10K event. Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is rye and brown sugar. Med + body. Flavor is very rye spice with wood and rye spice. And brown sugar too. Just excellent.
oRos (1048) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade with ibrew2or3., pours ruby brown with slight head. Taste is hop forward barley wine with a nice oak finish. Some rye comes threw.
marcus (6320) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by oRos at Capitol Beer bottle share. Pours reddish brown with a short beige head and a fruity bourbon aroma. There is a hearty dark molasses flavor with lots of whiskey. Nicely layered.