jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sampled at a friends house. From notes. Caramel and toffee with loads of sweet and dark fruits. Very good.
Scrapersnbeer (1467) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of sweetbread and butterscoth. Dark brown, looks like a dubbel more than porter or schwarz. Really spicy, featuring baking spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Thick and heavy, though not obviously boozey. Like a winter warmer imperialized. This is hard to put away, and I don’t say that easily.
blklab2007 (1951) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2013 on the front of the label. Pour has a dark brown color with a coating of dark tan head. Aroma has roasted malt, chocolate, grains, a bit of spice, and some hops. Mouth feel is medium light and the carbonation good. Flavor has an interesting malt combo, mild roast, chocolate, some bitterness, and complementing spices. Flavors are well integrated and this does not come off hot at all.
radarsock (897) - Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2014 Poured a murky, gloomy brown with which sustained a thin-ringed beige head barely a fingernail in length resting atop the terrible-looking stuff below. Seized nougat, Camellia sinensis leaves, malt, powdered sugar, and candy canes by mid-palate. Holiday spices and butterscotch by swallow. Weak shit. I know that I’m never going to have this again. What were Berkshire attempting to achieve here? Over-sweet and over-complicated clutter? Probably not, but that’s the way it came out.
puboflyons (2123) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the 650ml. bottle. 2013 batch. Cloudy dark brown pour with a long lasting tan head that leaves a good supply of lacing and never really goes away. The aroma has so much character it is hard to define it precisely. I’d say I picked up barley malts, cocoa, coffee, plum, fig, and a vague earthy hop note. For a 9% ABV there is no alcohol which one often gets with a Barleywine. The body is smooth and falls into the medium to bold range. I am drinking this fresh in 2013 but it feels as if it has been properly cellared for a year or more. The malts, coffee, cinnamon, spice, and the earthy hops blend together well and are not overpowering likle it can be for a fresh Barleywine. And the booze is impossible to pick up. Really well balance and one of the better Barleywines I have had fresh ever. Thus my high rating.
AirForceHops (3118) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. From Ryan and Casey’s, Greenfield, MA. 2011 vintage. The first glass had real nice clarity. Slow steady carbonation producing a thin layer of white head that had decent lace. Smell is light hops, light fruit and toffee. A bit thin in body almost watery. Flavor mirrors the nose. Overall I sit here and sip this and my overall thought are… this brew is very under-whelming. At least the ABV is masked after a year of sitting.
rodisian (66) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
eh.. I enjoy myself some barleywine, especially on the sweeter side of things, but this one failed to materialize for me. Was more like a cross between a DIPA and a barleywine, but somehow it also felt watered down. That being said, given the price point is much lower than similar BWs, this is a pretty good value. 2012 vintage.
halfonit (1164) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle. Pours a clear dark golden, slightly amber color with a thick white head. Aroma is of hops, grass, grain, bread, and a little booze. Slightly over carbonated than I was expecting. Flavors include hops, pine, malts, grain, some earthiness, and pine. Leaves a dry hoppy finish.
marcus (6438) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by IrishBoy. Pours copper with a disappearing beige head and a fruity alcohol aroma. There is a slightly sour fruit and treacle flavor with an alcohol trail.
bhensonb (10950) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bomber shared by IrishBoy. Pours hazy dark and ruddy with a transient head. Aroma is cola and medicinal. Med body. Flavor pretty much matches the aroma. An ale that is coming across as prematurely aged, but it’s marvelous.