basspro76 (426) - New York, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank from a tulip glass at the blind tiger ale house, NY. Tasted more like a DIPA then a barleywine. Very dry, hoppy and a light citrus flavor.
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
‘09 @Toronado BWfest–on tap-pours a light tan ring for a head and hazy amber color. Aroma is wood/spice, medium malt-molasses. Taste is wood/spice, medium malt-molasses.
yespr (37029) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at Toronado, Barley Wine Fest 2010. Pours hazy dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is solid overripe fruity and wooden. Dry malty accent. Fruity and light estery. Cherry like in flavour. Dry hoppy and fruity into the finish.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with big, thick head that doesn’t stick around too long. It is very nicely balanced, with flavors of sweet caramel, resinous citrus hops, fruity esters, and a balancing bitterness. Very little alcohol presence. Nice and smooth for such a big beer.
raphael (1062) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of pineapple, caramel, black pepper. Bright amber with lasting khaki head. a little flat and light in the mouth. Very grapefruit flavor, bordering on harsh, a little malt behind it, alcohol. bitter finish.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest 2009. Pours a cloudy deep reddish amber with a small beige ring. Nose holds some candied tree fruits, caramel and toffee. Flavor starts sweet with fruits and finishes slightly bitter and boozy.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a burnt orange color. aroma of grapes, toffee, and caramel. Big caramel, bitter pine, and brown sugar in the flavor. Finishes with grapefruit and char. I had hopes for this, but it suffers from a complete lack of finesse, though no one thing was really bad about it.
pilsnerrogge (2680) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ The Ginger Man, NYC:
Deep hazy amber, small-ish head. Sweet raisin and hop aroma. More sweet raisins in the flavour followed by a long hops and alcohol bitterness.
Alphadelic (1975) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy red/brown and creamy. Caramel/toffee hints of fruit (deep and darkish) Quite toasty and savoury though. Very big booziness with kicks of liquorice very rich treacly flavours. Amazing burnt sugar finish. Still. A great snifter.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAY 11, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a very good BW. Clashing sweetness and bitterness - they don’t synergize and make for a good beer. Brown with not much head. Not much in the nose. Sweetness is cloying, the bitterness, obnoxious and offensive.