trevor211 (1254) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hard Liver 2010. Pours a medium red-amber with a foamy head that lingers nicely. Caramel malts, mild tropical fruits and cardboard in the aroma. Flavor is better. Silky smooth, with plenty of that caramel and those fruits. Hop backbone waits for a good five seconds, then starts to creep through - like itís waking up from some alcohol-induced hibernation. Itís underwhelming at first, but it grows on you. It is - at the least - very easy to drink, given that itís a fresh barleywine (09 vintage).
jcwattsrugger (10725) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap-pours a retaining thin light tan head and hazy amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-toffee, some raisin. Taste is sweet medium malt-toffee, some earthy hops.
iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Toronado SF. Clear copper with a small off-white head, slowly fading to a thick creamy film. Vanilla, toffee and caramel dominate the aroma with a little raisin and leather behind. Flavor is a little sweet with raisins, light Concord grapes, and the scorched toffee--only a tinge of leather. Bitterness peaked at a 2-3 with some light alcohol burn. Full syrupy body with light carbonation. Pretty good, but due to the sweetness I could only take down a glass.
bvc (1123) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at The Dray. Pours a deep redish copper brown with a thin but tight eggshell white head. Nose is pretty tame with toasty bread notes, caramel and a hint of apple sweetness. Taste is fairly malty and isnít overly syrupy or viscous. Maybe a bit on the thin side for me. Flavors are fine, but just a bit ímutedí over all. The 10.3% is well hidden. Decent, but nothing special
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I "horned" this stuff the morning after the Boonville Beer Fest ("horning" means drinking in Boontling supposedly). Copper color with a white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, fruit, and some hops. Flavor is sweet, malty, and fruity, with caramel, earth, and some hops on the finish. Medium-full, smooth palate. Very "hornable" for the style.
Alcohoarder (34) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 on draft at Hard Liver Barleywine Fest 09. Fruity nose. Sweet and malty but almost thin and watery body with quick finish.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Vintage 2006] Tap @ Barleywine and Big Beer Fest... Poured a hazy golden orange with a white head. Aroma of floral hops and citrus fruit. Soft, subtle palate that was very drinkable. Tart notes with a bit of citrus fruit and tea leaves. A little alcohol and also some caramel, earthy sweetness in the finish.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hard Live 08. Sweet aroma of caramel, toffee, fruit and some floral hops. Dark amber pour. More sweetness comes through in the flavor with a decent floral finish. Flavor is fruity and sweet, yet somewhat hoppy too. Enjoyable.
badlizard (5525) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from Bevmo. Cloudy brown with a fizzy head. Caramel spice and alcohol aroma. Butter toffee and burnt caramel taste with a bitter finish. Not bad.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very sweet barleywine. Big caramel flavor up front, brown sugar, chewy and a touch cloying up front. I enjoyed this beer, but with the sweetness this has itís a small glass kinda beer, not quite to the sweetness level of JW Lees, but getting up there. Pours very clear dark copper with a smooth khaki head.