gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004 bottle. Pours a tea color, with no head or lacing. Perfectly still. Nose has tons of big oaky notes, maple syrup, caramel, a slight burn, dry maple and a very subtle nuttiness. Flavor is badassness. Very sweet bite to start, with a lovely burn in the finish. Maple syrup, brown sugar, very complex and very awesome. Velvety smooth. Very balanced. Just amazing. Tastes and feels like a sessionable Utopias. Hard to say if it’s worth the price, but damn is it good.
tectactoe (2299) - Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: 2004 vintage. Thanks, Bennett. Brown body, slightly hazy & murky with not much head; a fine, khaki collar is about all the action, here. Aroma of cognac lathered licorice... Red licorice, not brown. Nearly candy like... Sweet. Toffee, lots of residual sugars of the brown persuasion. Flavors of crème brûlée & sizzled toffee, caramel, light raisin & dark figs, mild red licorice, & a very strong, very pungent sherry-like booze that rings true from front to back. Heavy, thick, strong, sticky, enormous. Light vanilla, syrupy coating with cognac, toffee, raisin, & scorched brown sugar left lingering. Lacquers like a primer. Good, tasty, but certainly a beast.
Dogbrick (8658) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from 2005 batch at the DBLDP on 08/31/2014. Hazy brownish-amber color with a minimal off-white head that disappears quickly. Sparse lacing and legs on the glass. Boozy aroma with dark fruit and malt in the background. Full-bodied with flavors of roast malt, toffee, figs and hops. The finish is boozy dark chocolate and malt. Like a lower-octane Utopias, and a good beer overall.
djd07 (3879) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a cloudy ruby brown with no head. Aroma of booze, oak, grape. Thin mouthfeel with nice sweet fruit, figs, oak, and nice booze throughout.
Beerhunter111 (8273) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orangegoldenes Bier ohne Schaum und Co2. Geruch sehr malzig süß, holzig, alkoholisch. Geschmack angenehm malzig süß, holzig, alkoholisch.
hotstuff (4269) - 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 (1668) - 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 (4150) - 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 (1289) - 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 (1133) - 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.