mcberko (8544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Elizabeth Station, pours a dark mahogany with a small tan head. Aroma brings out loads of caramel, oak, toffee, and residual sugars. Flavour is complex and well-balanced, with a wonderful mix of caramel, alcohol, oak, and candied sugar. By no means too sweet for a barley wine. Excellent balance, not too boozy and very elegant. Great barley wine.
thetmaxx (770) - West Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma is of vanilla from the barrel. Dark fruits. Flavor also shoes the complexity of barrel aging. Really nice beer! Burps nice also and paired well with the carnias Mac and cheese. Chocolate notes as well.
BMan1113VR (7897) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours with a very deep red-brown hued body with a lasting tan head. Aromas are of bourbon, dark fruit, lightly vinous, raisins, currants, toffee, leathery and raw oak. Flavors are big and boozy with light acetone, caramel, oak, vinous, barrel. Big, leathery, red currant, brown sugar, medium tannin. Full bodied, low carbonation. Full and warming.
bearbrew (4) - brawley, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at old grove BL location.
Pours a deep amber with a half inch off white head.
A: sweet malts, oak, dark dried fruit, red wine, hints of bourbon
A: poured a murky deep amber but cleared up after pour settled excellent head retention
T: tannins , sweet malts, faint hop bitterness , wood , hints of bourbon, hints of vinegar , slight tartness
P: persistent carbonation, full bodied, easy drinkin not syrupy
O: I thought it was a great barley wine really enjoyed the character that the wine barrel added to this beer, one of the best barleywines I have ever tasted would not hesitate to buy this if I was ever bottled,almost tasted like they blended the Barleywine with a Flanders red
joeneugs (3845) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the Livermore Saloon. It pours cloudy brown with a tan head. The aroma is sweet caramel with some light wood, vanilla and mildly tart berries. I was told this was the Syrah barrel version, but I’m definitely picking up some bourbon as well. The flavor is thick with barrel, caramel, vanilla and some light fruit and mild funk in the finish. Very full bodied. Nice, but a bit confusing.
hivemind (725) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Pony w Streets. Nice, dark red pour with tan head and red hue. Aroma is dark red fruits with bourbon/booze. Smooth and viscous mouthfeel encases flavors of bourbon, vanilla, funky yeast and a rich, dark fruit character. Complex and sweet. Bourbon-dunked, chocolate-covered cherries.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of chocolate, cherry cordial, and deep currant notes. Pours deep grey and red with a good film. Tastes amazing of tawny port, chocolate, and cherries. Slight coffee note towards the end. Brilliant and potent.
Terminus (3319) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Barrio Brewing thanks to FlacoAlto for sharing this as a "palate clenser" during our time at Barrio. hazy copper huge with no head-how old is this brew? big nose-dark fruits, tannens, oxidized malt, smells like an aged barleywine to me-woody with lots of dark fruit and tannens. flavors of red grapes, plums, oak, wood, pinon nore barrel? big body-has a huge alcohol note on the finish. man i cant get into these big beers anymore for some reason. Good for what it is and thanks to FlacoAlto for sharing!
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled January 2011 during RBWG Tucson pub crawl
The beer pours with a thin, wispy, tan colored head that sits on top of a lightly hazed, dark amber-brown colored beer. This smells quite oaky up front, but definitely smooth. The oak spiciness is accentuated by some warming alcohol aromatics and there is even a little smokiness here. There is an almost cactus like spiciness here and the beer has a touch of saltiness in the notes as well as some fruity berry notes, caramelized malt character and toasted grain aromatics. There are some hints of toasted coconut and vanillin notes from the Barrel influence and oxidation seems to have contributed a nuttiness as well as some sherry like aromatics. This is really quite woody, it smells of fresh cut oak, with a light buttery character and some spicy oak notes.
The beer tastes lightly sweet and almost has a tequila like flavor to it. It finishes with a bit of tin in the aftertaste too. This is actually fairly dry in the finish; this is brought out by an astringency from the oak, a tannic structure, some peppery spice notes and a Bourbon-like finish that is accentuated by an alcoholic heat. There is a dark fruitiness to this beer and there is also quite a bit of tartness here as well. Rich oxidation notes add a nutty note to the finish and boost the malt complexity a bit. This has a suggestion of salt and a smokiness that also add to the complexity. This is fairly light bodied, but it does have some texture (the oak and tannins certainly add a boost) to it such that it sticks a bit to the palate. The sourness becomes more prominent as the beer warms up; there was definitely some sort of wild bug involved here. This is very interesting, between the tartness and the fact that I can’t shake wanting to describe a cactus / tequila like spiciness.
Sledutah (5663) - Utah, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Smokepot, thanks man
Appearance: Hazy brown with a medium sized beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts and dark fruit
Taste: Caramel, oak, bourbon and dark fruits
A nice easy drinking barleywine, nice.