phaleslu (5723) - 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.
Drake (7843) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle, 2009 vintage, from the Gettysburg location. Pours a dark brown color with not much of a head. The aroma is dark and malty,... toffee, dark fruits, soy and chocolate. The taste is toffee, leafy hops with some bitterness, nutty notes, cherries, chocolate and dark fruits. Full bodied, with a very mild lingering bitterness. Pretty nice.
obxdude10 (1964) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent barleywine! It has to be because my wife loved it. She’s very particular when it comes to beer. This barlewine poured a very dark brown color with a subtle off-white head. The aroma was filled with caramel malt, alcohol, grains, light hops and earth. The body was full and demaned you to sip on this. The flavors were very complex and delicious, with notes of caramel and chocolate malts, earth, grains, a spicy hoppiness and a touch of alcohol. The finish was both malty and spicy, leading to a real balanced experience with this beer.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ ABC Gettysburg. Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, molasses, and roasted grains. Sweet dark malt base with loads of hop and roasted bitterness. Full body with mild carbonation and a thick mouth feel. Very good, heading into the Imp Stout category because of the dark roasty qualities.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bottle. Poured rich, clear reddish-brown with a short cap of tan head. The aroma picked up toasted biscuits, redder fruits, and brown sugar surrounded by peppery alcohol, vanilla, and oak (I don’t think this was barrel-aged, but it certainly had some similar character).. warm and quite inviting. The flavor had sweeter caramel, a pinch of molasses, and more fruits at the core.. some smoke and warm-to-hot alcohol around.. long impression at the end, with more warmth coming back through the nose. Heavier-bodied on the palate, lacking carbonation at certain points where it needed some (it wasn’t close to flat, but the flow was a little off).. sticky and warm on the finish. This was very solid.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark mahogany brown body with a thin tan head. Salty peat aromatic character with a light over ripe fruit and etoh. Chewy salty caramel malt with a hint of roasted malt and smoke. Very full bodied accented with a woody peat and vanilla. Great brew.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap in gettysburg...
pours a dark coffee color with an initial off white head which fades to still.
the aroma is quite vinous and rich... fruit/prunes/grapes, nuttiness-like coffee, caramel and roasty grain.
the palate is a touch sweet but spice, alcohol and a mild bitter finish help it out immensely. flavors of vanilla, red wine, candied nuts, coffee and lots of dark roast in between.
the body is medium as alcohol thins it to make it dangerous.
well put together stuff! 7/4/7/4/16/3.8
Ibrew2or3 (6440) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This 2008 vintage (courtesy of Beerman6686, thanks again) pours deep clear amber with thin tan head. The aroma is a bit boozy, to be expected considering the youth of the beer and its ABV, followed by prunes, cherry compote and some sticky malts. The taste is full and rich with prunes, figs, cherries and a full load of malts and roast. To midway it gets a little grape jam like and sends this into richer and more complex territory. I get mild caramel rolling around in the background too. This is going to be frikin’ amazing with more time on the shelf (in fact, I’m putty this back onto my “wants” list). Plenty yum now.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy of...Ibrew2or3? Dave brought a barley wine to a tasting?? Dark ruby brown pour, small amounts of lacing and no head. Big fruits in the nose, caramel, vanilla and some chalky chocolate, dry grain. Big sweet flavors of caramel and hops, some cotton candy. Full-bodied, balanced well, and hidden alcohol.
douglas88 (5472) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle thanks to machfive55. 2008 vintage. Pours a cloudy brown color with a light cream colored head. The aroma is interesting; fruity, rich malts, something akin to smoked peat as well. The flavor was nice; rich dry fruity malts, nutty flavors, dark fruity, again some smoke and earthiness. Very nice. A unique barely wine, more English than American.