hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rated on 6-28-2009 (Corked bottle) This beer’s appearance is a cloudy reddish brown body, a lot of floaties and suspended carbonation. The Aroma is caramel malts, hops, dark fruits, and port. The Taste is sweet, vinous, caramel malts, dark fruits, and a hint of hops. This beer has a long dry finish. The Palate is syrupy and dry. This beer is medium-full bodied. Overall, I am not yet a Barleywine drinker, but this one is very tasty and has a wonderful aroma. Like most barleywines, this one is for sipping and would be very warming on a cold winter’s night. This barleywine is definitely worth trying and is one I would drink again.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 vintage served in a Firestone Walker mini snifter. Thanks to sweenzander for the share.
A: Pours a ruby and brownish color mix with no head forming on the pour. A few wisps are present, but overall it’s very still. Reminiscent of Utopias.
S: Boozy and hot, but there is a nice caramel-like sweetness to cool it down a bit. Some notes of plum and dark chocolate with a raisin as well.
T: Sherry like oxidation. Dark cherry with some boozy notes. Raisin with a burnt sugar bitterness.
M: Flat and smooth with a medium body leaning towards the heavier side.
O: A nice sipper, like a Utopias-lite, but not as complex. I definitely wouldn’t drop the coin on this version so I’m glad I could get a share.
Serving type: bottle
tcane7 (1336) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Part of a pairing at Vetri. Pours a hazy reddish brown with thin head and light spotted lace. Nose of brown sugar, sherry, honey, dark fruit, oak, vanilla. Full bodied, syrupy, fairly boozy.
travita (3476) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The color is amber and no head to the beer. The smell is sweet, caramel, toffee, almonds, and good. the taste is candy, sweet, alcohol, and nice.
brystmar (972) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2012 2004 copper. Been waiting to open this for awhile. Aroma is unimpressive, appearance is plain at best. Taste, however, is a revelation: layers upon layers of silky caramel and smooth malts. Approaching best-of-style for an English Barleywine. Goddamn this is good.
fletchfighters (917) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brilliant beer 2007 vintage
Looked like a port in every way. No head at all. Near perfect color.
Rich nose. Slight oxidation in the smell but that dropped off. Caramel, Figs, strawberry, bread, and port.
Taste is so very similar but more amped up and a touch sweeter. Quite sticky and full on.
Very dry finish and well hidden 14.5%. Quite sticky and more like a maple syrup in a odd way.
Splendid beer to have had and have one more to savor.
KyotoLefty (5542) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 Bottle, 500 ml. Nice color, orange-brown, thin, oily. Big toffee, fruit, stewed peach nose, mostly toffee. Sweet, peaches, big toffee, completely flat, oily and silky smooth. Delicious. I love this stuff.
phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by dbsdelight- thanks again, Dan! Didn’t bring the box for a boxed beer yet again. I feel cheated. It’s less special that way, Dan, and you know it. 2004 vintage, 13% ABV on the label. After some consternation, we decided the label looked more copper than gold. I think we’re right. Pours a cloudy amber color with no head. Very sweet aroma- toffee, syrup, dates, brown sugar, dust, and vanilla. The flavor is mostly the same- sweet, syrupy, and a little boozy, with plenty of dark and dried fruit notes. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation. This one was a hit. Really interesting. Didn’t mind the sweetness. I’d bet a newer vintage would show more complexity but this was a fun one to drink. Thanks a ton, Dan!
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark copper/amber color with burnt orange edges. Completely still with no head or lacing but it does have nice legs after an aggressive swirl.
Sweet, boozy aroma that’s almost all alcohol until t warms up considerably. Once it does, sweet malt and dark fruit are apparent. Hints of caramel, toffee and maple syrup followed by raisin, fig plum and more alcohol.
Viscous with no carbonation to speak of and a real syrupy consistency. Boozy, syrupy flavor dominates with lots and lots of alcohol sweetness but not overly hot. After it warms the sweet malt and dark fruit notes come to the forefront. Hints of toffee, caramel and hazelnut followed by plum, raisin and fig. These notes are still pretty faint with the overbearing alcohol flavor dominating everything. One dimensional, lacking in carbonation and pretty tough to drink more than a few ounces of. I was the only one at a recent tasting that finished their pour.
kindacold (197) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 vintage of this. Pours syrupy amber, no head. Smells candy sweet. Tastes like honey and syrup. Very sweet, like a dessert. Clean finish. Very, very good.