bluejacket74 (1584) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle, 2010 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky mahogany brown color with about an inch tan head that sticked around a little while. There’s also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like brown sugar, caramel, toffee, dark fruit (raisins, plums) and bready malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also the addition of some sherry and a bit of sweet spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s coating and a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. I think it’s a good overall brew, I’d buy this again in the future and probably age it longer next time.
djd07 (6461) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a light tan head that diminishes quickly leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Thin mouthfeel with a bready malt and sweet roast with dark fruits and raisin flavors. Alcohol is hidden well, a very good barley wine from Arcadia.
johnnnniee (3043) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Received in trade from Fplumbs, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a crystal clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a smallish off white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of dark brown sugar, raisins, prunes, and plums, and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is filled with lots of dark and brown sugars, a bit of non deScript fruit and a healthy dose of ethanol. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Decent barleywine, but a bit on the hot side. I enjoyed this, but I would be curious to see how a little age might affect this brew.
GRM (3372) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample, from a bottle, Mondial de la bière, savoured on June 8 2012; eye: dark caramel, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, light lacing; nose: alcohol, malt, resinous hops, caramel; mouth: alcohol, malt, resinous hops, caramel, pepper, finale in alcohol with good presence of resinous hops, full body, not much carbonation, quite bitter, lightly sweet, harsh and alcoholic texture; overall: correct
Échantillon, d’une bouteille, Mondial de la Bière, savourée le 8 juin 2012; œil : caramel foncé, limpide, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : alcool, malt, houblon résineux, caramel; bouche : alcool, malt, houblon résineux, caramel, poivre, finale en alcool avec bonne présence de houblon résineux, corsé, peu carbonatée, pas mal amère, légèrement sucrée, texture rugueuse et alcoolique; en résumé : correct
tapthis (173) - Baytown, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very sweet and almost a thick taste (someone described it as syrup, and i can easily go along with that). The alcohol is definitely not hidden, but it is very good. I enjoyed the body/palate of this beer considering the alcohol taste
paintedmaple (586) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A better use for cereal than covering it with milk in your bowl! Complex and sweet this is a tasty BW.
Bif (1738) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle- Pours a dark mahogany color with a nice tan head that fades to no real lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, mostly raisin, some malt sweetness and spice. Hint of alcohol in the background. Taste of dark fruit, especially raisin, malt sweetness and some spice. Mild bitterness in the background with a dry finish. Fairly medium body, smooth and creamy texture. Just a tad too sweet. Nice barleywine that is quite drinkable. Worth a try.
robinvboyer (3619) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Wow, this was a sickly sweet syrupy mess. Loads of sweet, saccrine, grainy malts. No hops tombe found except for the copious amounts of astringent bitterness in the finish. I really did not enjoy this.
Radek Kliber (6709) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma rather mellow with alcoholic side. Grainy hints with plenty of sweet malts.
Appearance hazed amber with medium tanned head. Light lace. 3+
Flavor and Palate : Sweet , hefty malts. One dimensional even for Barley Wine. Alcohol wrap helped somewhat. Good.
mmmbeer (1335) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle served in shaker- poured a heavily murky (cider like quality) lightened brown with just a tint of copper. No head, extremely light carbonation, aroma of caramel, hops (pine), cinnamon, and notes of licorice and soy. Hits the mouth with wide top heavy body, malt is laced with caramel nicely, middle has a great warming feel which goes to the finish. Good stuff.