Holtguy (137) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 vintage, bought at the supermarket of all places. Poured a ruddy, hazy brown with little to no head. Aroma was sweet and fruity. Taste up front was the same - sweet. I liked that initial fruity flavor. On the back end it was malty with some bitterness, but not hoppy. Perhaps it was alcohol burn or something. Definitely English style, had a hint of Samuel Smiths aftertaste...kinda sorta...if anybody knows what I’m talking about. Good beer. I would buy again if the price is right.
gregwilsonstl (1568) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Red brown. Thin head. High alcohol but not hot. Caramel. Drinkable for a barleywine.
blackflag321 (577) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011 bottle poured to snifter. Hazy red color with slight head. Fruity nose; a bit too much sherry on the palate for my taste. Very smooth and mild without any booziness of a 10 percent ABV.
Chudwick (2540) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle - pours murky amber with beige head and thin lacing. Nose is nutty, fruity, bread, and licorice. Flavor adds grass, alcohol and caramel. dry. moderate to high sweet and moderately bitter. needs to be paired with moist cake or juicy red meats. I like it because it’s fairly complex, high in booze and well balanced, plus the price is right.
ccex (1121) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was an unexpected surprise. My favorite local store couldn’t sell these for $16/4-pack so they put them in their "make your own 6 pack for $9.99" rack., and I picked up a couple. Undated 12 oz bottle pours a slightly hazy but deep garnet brown color with beige head and some good lacing. Aroma is full of brown sugar, butterscotch, prunes, rwisins, and toffee. Body is medium to full with average carbonation. Taste is sweet with a slightly boozy finish. A very satisfying sipper, which might even be worth the asking price.
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Steve’s Foco. Picked up in KC, possibly by jcnielsen. Thanks, possibly. 2009 vintage. Hazy dark brown appearance with a small brown head. Somewhat oxidized, a bit sugary, brown sugar, light cardboard, a bit fruity aroma. Somewhat strong, moderately boozy, brown sugar, toffee, dark fruity flavor with some booze on the finish. (3.5) Tried against the 2010 vintage thanks to Steve. Sweeter in the nose than the 2009. Flavor is a bit more caramel, toffee taste. Not my favorite beer, a little boozy but drinkable. (3.5)
Corrinado711 (80) - - JAN 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of prunes, fermented grapes, light booze and light malt. Appearance is deep brown with a thin team had of mostly larger bubbles. Taste is nice, light and smooth. The smoothest 10act I have ever had. Starts with a fruity sweetness of grapes and then mild booze with malt. The malt finish is longer lasting but nice. mouthfeel is a little light. awesome barley wine
jandd1983 (3313) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2009 and 2010 bottles. They poured a deep reddish brown color with a light brown head. The aromas were a bit of alcohol, malts and brown sugar. The tastes were sweet with brown sugar and a bit of alcohol. Not bad.
thedm (5215) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a very small sized head of frothy fine to large sized light brown colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque . The aroma was hoppy brown malt mild vinous and barley wine like. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of mildly vinous brown malt and hops. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.
Viper666 (2811) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2012 Dégustée au Mondial de la Bière 2012. De couleur brune-ambrée et très légèrement voilée. Nez malté de caramel toffee sucré, de fruits foncés, moyen de houblon herbeux, léger d’alcool avec des traces boisées. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-bas ainsi qu’une texture légèrement sirupeuse et aux petites notes crémeuses. Goût fruité (raisins, prunes, traces de cerises noires) accompagné de faibles traces boisées lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût malté de caramel toffee sucré, un moyen goût de pain aux notes grillées ainsi que des notes de sucre brun. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un léger goût d’alcool jusqu’en finale, oû l’on remarque également une légère amertume provenant de houblon herbeux aux petites notes résineuses. Post-goût moyen-long, léger-moyen amer d’alcool et de houblon herbeux aux notes résineuses avec un moyen goût fruité (pelures de prunes).