fattybladdy (613) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at brewpub. Dark brown pour with a malty aroma. Taste is caramel, bready malt, toffee and raisin, seems fairly mellow compared to what I was expecting, goes down easy for 10%.
tmoreau (2562) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served with a clear, ruby highlighted, darkest brown/mahogany color, with a nice hat of silky, light tan head foam, and curtainy/sheet-like lacing. The aroma was sweet, dried fruit, caramel, and lurking alcohol. The taste was similar, with the sweetness appearing lightly syrupy, distinct booziness getting in on the action, and low bitterness with some astringency, and dryness on the finish. Quite alcoholic for 10% imo, but a decent, sip & savor barleywine.
tectactoe (2291) - Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2014 [Bottle / 2008 / ~5 years old] Poured into a plastic cup in the dark, so the color is hard to discern </classy>. Looks like a nice, creamy, beige head formed on top, though. Dense looking body, probably somewhere around amber or copper. Aroma is comprised of plums, grapes, brown sugar, sticky caramel, & an underlayer of booziness. No appreciable hops, possibly due to the age. Caramel & brown sugar flavors come through strong. Molasses, grapes, & plums soaked in booze. Nice toffee & light vanilla finish. Pretty robust, yet nice & smooth for the style. Not the most complex, but quite tasty nonetheless.
Brentv (398) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle a murky brown with slight golden head. Strong malty barley aroma with caramel and dark fruits. Taste is very sweet with only a slight hoppiness. Medium carbonation. Smooth and wonderful.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2010 rendition. Murky particulate laden cherry wood with a thin brown layer of pond scum on top. Aroma is grainy with alcohol, caramel, oak, cherry and light fruit. Taste is boozy with toffee, mild sugar, cherry, light brown sugar and very faint citrusy hops. Sweet with a prickly hot finish. Never quite gets there. Speaking of getting there… after almost one month, I’ve finally caught up on a 7-8 month backlog. Here’s to celebrating with a few beers I’ve had before and then starting the process of falling behind again.
chucklemation (561) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky brown color. Has a nice barley malt taste with some bitter hops thrown in the finish. Goes down smooth. Delicious.
rumproasts (3232) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. amber brown with small head. medium malt adds toffee caramel and some raisin. light hops and big booze kick.
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle sampled at a tasting. 2008 vintage. From notes. Dark fruits, caramel, a hint of chocolate and vanilla. Boozy, but this is the perfect amount of age on this bad boy. Awesome.
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a pleasant surprise. Bottle shared by Jeff. Aroma is very malty with oatmeal cookie, figs, caramel, and slight chocolate. Pours thick brown with a nice film. Taste is marvelous and complex. Notes of oatmeal cookie, graham cracker, malts, chocolate, figs and granola. Great barleywine. Grossly underrated in my opinion.
BOSSbrewer (1970) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy brown with little head. A bit over the top. Boozy and winey. Drinkable but not as nice as I expected.