Fratto (2438) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from blutt59. Brown pour with an off-white head. Aroma is alcohol, lots of caramel, and vanilla. Taste is vanilla up front, a little caramel, coffee, and a little cocoa.
blutt59 (5868) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, thanks to dkachur in trade, rich ruby color with a buttery toffee aroma, flavors are cocoa and some soft malty fruit, a bit watery on the finish
LilBeerDoctor (3204) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewpub in Gettysburg. Pours a dark ruby red with a small white head. Aroma of sweet sugar and malt. Flavor of butterscotch, raisins, sweet malt, and alcohol. Ugh, hard to drink and not very tasty.
nimbleprop (3845) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours a deep, opaque almost black, thin off white head. Nose is malty, crackers, biscuit. Flavor is sweet, malty, cookie dough, caramel, light burnt toast. Full bodied, sweet finish which is a touch hot. A barleywine thatís completely malt forward. This was a 2009 bottle that could definitely go another year or so.
502F (999) - Time Out, Washington DC, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2009. Pours a dark mahogany red with a very small khaki head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, and dark sweet fruit. The flavor is similar. The alcohol is really well hidden. The fruits are really pronounced on the flavor. There isnít really any hop quality to speak of. So, its like an american BW without the hop overdose--itís not a euro BW because it isnít overly sweet. Its just roasty, balanced, simple, and dangerously drinkable. Medium to full bodied with carbonation on the lower end of the scale. Overall: simple, but certainly well done.
deyholla (5370) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Dkachur! Pours near black with a mahogany hue with a grayish light brown head that dissipated quickly to the edges. Aroma has a decent amount of booze with sweet and dark grains as well as a hint of caramel and toffee. Flavor is booze as well with dark grains some toffee and a hint of caramel.
Ron (2182) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark, reddish brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, malts, vanilla, citrus fruits, and light alcohol. Taste of more citrus fruits, light roasted malts, dried fruits, caramel malts, and faint alcohol in the finish.
PapaSkeetSkeet (788) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2011 Pours a very dark brown with minimal bubbly tan head. Turns dark ruby when held up to the light. Served way too cold (on draught at brewery). Aroma is of a bit of leather, fig, and caramel. Flavor is mild pleasant notes of roast and white raisin, a little rummy. mild bitterness on the back sides of the tongue. Light bodied, dark colored, and less caramel than a typical barlye wine. Very good and interesting. I would have guessed this had 8% abv given the light body and well-masked alcohol!
Prone to having low carbonation and/or being served too cold. At itís best this beer seem surprisingly similar to Dogfisheadís Palo Santo Marron.
stonelis (38) - Kutztown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought a 12 pack at the Harrisburg brewpub/restaurant. Pours a deep dark brown/red color. The head dissapates quickly. Very smooth, no complexity. Caramel malts, not much hop. Easy to drink, alcohol well hidden. Not really a typical barleywine but still a great beer.
phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle as a trade bonus from dkachur- thanks again, Dan! 2009 vintage. Pours a hazy cola brown with a very small tan head that dissipates into almost nothing quickly. Little visible carbonation, also. Aroma of caramel malts, chocolate, toasted brown sugar, dark fruits (raisins, figs, dates), and soy. Flavor of roasted caramel malts, flat cola, bittersweet chocolate, tobacco leaves, earthy hops, and some dark fruits. Medium-bodied, with flat carbonation and a leafy mouthfeel. Lingering bitterness, and the alcohol becomes increasingly noticeable.