Fatehunter (1414) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours half a finger of head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is musty wood with grapes... and a touch of lemon.
The taste is dark, boozy with strong bitterness, molasses, wine notes and a dry wood finish.
The texture is smooth and soft with low carbonation.
Fairly nice. This was a 2013 bottle, which will probably smooth out with age.
AmEricanbrew (6172) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle@ trailer. Clear copper color with light tan foam. Dark pit fruit, Dark caramel, dry wood, mild vanilla aromas. Smooth medium body. Oxidized caramel, mild cardboard flavors with pit fruits, dry wood___spicy dry vinous finish----good.
joet (2263) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear deep amber, thin ivory colored head fine foam, aromas of deep dark caramels, vanilla, wood, herbal hops, bits of cedar, geranium, little bit of alcohol heat. Finishes lightly bitter. Feel is medium heft withightly creamy edges. Verynice
DrSilverworm (7700) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, big thanks to DanielCoor for sharing. Written on the bottle is 2013, and the label indicates that it’s Zin barrel-aged. Perfect, considering the only glasses we have on hand are wine glasses. Clear red brown color. Thin off-white ring of head. Couple loose dots of lace. Nice vanilla, light spiciness, wood, dark fruit. Earthy hop. Moderate bitter taste, light warmth and mild bite in the finish, light to moderate sweet. Hint of oxidiziation? Maybe it’s tannins. Not bad. Pretty nice, mildly boozy.
slowrunner77 (6289) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"I’d yet to see the regular barley wine in bottles so imagine my surprise when we spotted a wine barrel aged bottle at a Roseville, ca Whole Foods. Pours pretty dark, aroma and flavor fruity with heavy oak, pepper, and a real nice balance with the base beer. Slightly astringent with a tart finish. Just the right amount of sweetness with a pronounced vinous quality. One of their best!"
SirLimpsalot (2441) - SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
@Stordirren 14-8-13: ganska trevlig doft. Mycket frukt, malt och alkohol. Tyvärr försvinner mycket i smaken. Ganska spritig och med tydlig malt. Ganska torr munkänsla med mycket fat. Allt för obalanserad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ---- Soberness not garanteed!
drsordr (1325) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pours dark copper. Nose big barleywine caramel malt, toffee, light wood, would almost guess bourbon barrel if blind tasting. The wine comes through in the initial taste, then the big malt profile. Toffee, raisin, then dank hop. Malty then high bitter finish.
alexsdad06 (6308) - Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz waxed bottle from City Beer San Francisco shared with drsordr. Pours a dark amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel, toasted bready malts, vanilla, the Zin barrel adds vinous character and wood, a slight tart character, fairly strange and I spent too much for it, but it’s another big beer.
doublebock (518) - California, USA - MAY 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Dark brown with beige head
Aroma: Raisins and Bread. After a while I’m picking up some vanilla and barrel aging
Taste: Malty and syrupy with toffee, vanilla, cocoa nibs with a chewy pruny finish.
Overall: It took some time and warmth from the initial pour for the complexity to develop. The barrel aging notes are very subtle. Nothing terribly unique in the taste but a easy drinking barley wine.
HonusWagner (1666) - Florida, USA - APR 7, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I am going to vote no on basically every wine-barrel aged beer that isn’t a sour for the next few months. Weird grapey sweetness mixed with barleywine sweet malt character and a bit astringent. Blah.