lobotomizdgoat (18) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A fruity start (citrus, apricot, perhaps grape) morphs into a sweet warm feel with hearty malt and finishes with a moderate, woody hop character. Surprising and unique!
beersearcher (2295) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 38 Degrees barleywine festival. Big amount of bourbon here. Same amount of sweetness too. Caramel notes. Hops have faded from this 2012 vintage but a lovely malt forward big beer.
andyhwcinc (1347) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed on tap as a sampler pour at Beachwood BBQ in Long Beach, CA. Really nice barley wine, appearance a marky caramel amber with almost no head. Aroma rich in syrupy caramel malt and abundant and diverse hops. Taste goes down relatively smooth and straight up potent. Gets better as it warms. Wish I could've had a proper glass, but I would've been annihilated :)
gyllenbock (4083) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at City Beer in February 2014.
Dark amber with a small white head. Aroma and taste of dried fruit, malt, toffee, hops, pineapple and some light spices. Warming alcohol in the finish. A beer to sip.
SHIG (3447) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft: Poured a dark murky brown with thin tan head. Aroma was sweet malt. Taste is malty with burning alcohol and hops.
arminjewell (5715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark reddish brown pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of big caramel, toffee, slight spices, hints of orange, grapefruit notes as well, slight hints of grass, touch of dark fruits with raisin, figs, and plums. Taste is a mix of toffee, caramel, dark fruits going into some orange, grapefruit, slight pine and grass, spice notes, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter. Pretty decent.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pours a clear amber-orange body with a small beige head. Aroma of bread, caramel, light pine, citrus, and raisins. Flavor of caramel, raisins, dates, plums, cherries, and bread.
thome50 (884) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasting flight. Pours an average, clear amber with light tan head. Aroma is mild, at best, but doesn’t attract or detract from the beer. Possibly from the glass. Taste is a hop bomb at first. Loads of clean, new hops with some mild toffee and then some more English malt character midway through. The finish is a more overpowering sweetness and hops. Kind of like a "triple" IPA that is super fresh. From the other reviews I wonder if this batch is extremely fresh. This one was one of the better examples of what I love in a barleywine, aka not to style.
anders37 (15493) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @the brewpub. Pours a dark amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma with weak hints of dark fruit. Sweetish malty caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty caramel and dark fruit finish.
BeerandBlues2 (9068) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap. Pours clear tawny with a medium, creamy light tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is fusel alcohol, dates, figs, and plums with pine hops, caramel and cookie malt. Flavor is heavy alcohol, barely detectable fruity esters, hops, or malt, with a sweet and boozy finish. Full body and light carbonation.