slowrunner77 (9609) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"Kinda easy drinking for a BW, which is both good and bad. Covers up the abv quite well. Definitely sweet leaning...a year or two old. Prunes, caramel, dark fruit. Not a lot of depth, but pretty tasty. A session barleywine, perhaps?"
djd07 (9519) - 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.
gnoff (9496) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm)
On August 23, 2008
Clody copper to dark brown color, tan head. Sweet, sirup, alcohol, caramel scent. Also lacitc. Sweet and bitter taste. Caramel and roasted, som alcohol as well. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Also "Melissa officinalis" (citronmeliss) and licorice.
BVery (9400) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dirty orange pour with a minimal white head. Nice aroma of caramel malts and rich fruit. Nice slick palate. Taste is dark fruit, bread, and caramel. Really nice brew.
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at HDG. Dark brown beer with white head. Aroma is quite fruity smelling over the dark plummy malts, caramel and brown sugar. Sweet earthy/woody hop aroma. Sweet toasted malts. Flavour of toasted nuts and dried fruits. Whole wheat bready sweetness. Leans to sweet rather than hoppy.
phaleslu (9249) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Cicero’s in the U-City Loop. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a half-inch tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of raisins, caramel malt, brown sugar, toffee, and alcohol. The flavor follows suit, with emphasis on the raisin and caramel malt flavors, along with some cereal and chocolate notes. Rich and strong, with a medium body. Solid barleywine- I really enjoyed this one.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, Thanksgiving beer #1. Very murky dark purpleish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of big caramel, toffee, some slight dark fruits, hints of bready notes with a touch of spice. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, hints of earth, spice, finishing sweet, slightly watery. Not very complex or full bodied, though it hides the ABV well.
DuffMan (9201) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Radio Maria. Deep orange amber, scant head in the sample glass. Sweet toffee and orange brandy aroma. Toffee apple flavour, quite appley actually; sweet with a syrupy body and a warming finish. More British in style. Just okay for me.
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Caramelized base malts and subdued dried fruitiness colour the chewy body of this moderately-hopped, efficient Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy reddish-amber.
-The fruitiness recalls a berry mix.
-Alcohol is well positioned; present but amicable to the flavor profile.
-This is no world-stirring Barley Wine at this stage in its evolution, but it provides a pleasant sipping nonetheless.
Bottle; 2006 vintage.
3fourths (9055) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2007 batch. muddy rusty red. heavy caramel malt nose. sweet, thick and chewy up front. oxidation most noticeable in the finish: syrupy, sticky malt extract / stale bread crust. yeast is a bit dirty and chalky.