ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had a bottle of this back in early 2008 and recently retried it again on draught (at Sunset Grill) January 2009. The bottle I remember being punishingly caramelly-sweet with the typical fruitiness, bordering on tartness at points, of the house character imparted by the breweries yeast and/or bottling line? Anyways, it was strong, alcoholic and sweet, nearly cloying, with all of the bad traits of crystal and munich malt (meatiness, iced tea-like flavors, sharp, punchy cereal-like qualities and a strong overdrying on the finish). The hops were toned down and this wasnít a mess of alpha acids, at least. Recently on draught, I found the beer a little more balanced, with a decidedly strong chocolate and pale and or pils malt combination to produce a chocolate caramel sweetness with a soft, inviting mouthfeel. Seems like the malt bill has been changed somewhat? Not much complexity and still a touch too much alcohol, but the same discretion with the hops at least. Some light plum-cherry fruitiness and bits of toffee-caramel on the finish.
RespertFTW (115) - - MAY 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice clear brown color. Enjoyable taste but borders on having too much alcohol flavor/burn
superspak (1478) - Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter; 3 year cellar aged version released this year, making it a 2010 vintage. Pours lightly hazy dark ruby red color with a small dense cream colored head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, fig, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, sherry, brown sugar, light chocolate, light pepper, and earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt/fruity notes; very sweet, but not offensively so. Taste of raisin, fig, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, sherry, brown sugar, light chocolate, light pepper, and earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, sherry, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very good balance and complexity of malt and fruity notes; with no cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English Barleywine. All around nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
Chuckaduck (490) - Kentucky, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Vintage 2010. 4/5/13. Pours a very dark brown-black with a barely there beige head. Aroma is booze, vanilla, dark fruit, crisp, clean, wonderful. Taste is big, spicy, fruit, booze, warming, touch of sour, mild bitterness in the finish. Fantastic. Not much as far as lacing goes. Chewy mouth feel. Medium-low carbonation. This is really excellent. Thereís a clear taste of alcohol that is very attractive, but itís also well-hidden considering the strength. Flavorful. Aromatic. Just great.
adamjackson (1229) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark amber to brown, 1 finger head. Smells fantastic! Nice brown sugar and sugar cane nose with some biscuit notes and sauternes. Taste is impressive. Port wine, hints of cedar and honey comb.
RABinVA (685) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Suchy3! Pours deep copper with a slight off-white head at first that fades fast with minimal lacing. Aroma is slightly of raisins and booze. Taste is nutty, raisins, slightly hoppy, caramel, biscuit...typical barleywine.
boxofrane (1184) - pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at pjís. Pours hazy copper with small white head. The aroma Is all caramel. The taste is very sweet caramel worth light booze. Okay.
nimbleprop (3000) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle came as an extra from Suchy. Thanks! Pours a transparent copper amber with some clumpy, slightly off white head. Nose is malty, cooked corn, brown sugar, caramel, some ripe pear, orange zest. Flavor is well balanced, caramel, cracker, biscuit, brown sugar, grapefruit rind, thick pine tar, birch sap. Full, sticky, bitter finish. Classic barleywine.
Holtguy (55) - 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 Iím talking about. Good beer. I would buy again if the price is right.
gregwilsonstl (665) - 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 (312) - 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.