slowrunner77 (6761) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
after trying their Smoove Moove Cherry (equally 8.75 and ... well... overpriced crap) I couldn’t muster high expectations for this one. This led to a pleasant surprise, though, as the body was full and smooth. The vanilla/bourbon/oak aroma and taste reminded a couple of us of bourbon County Stout (which is not a bad thing). It pours a mahogony color with a nice fluffy head, great vanilla/peppery aroma, smooth full body. The flavor is a touch sweet, but not cloyingly so, and fully enjoyable. Better than expected, and put Mammoth’s Charleywine to Shame in a head to head."
DYCSoccer17 (3466) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 12, 2014
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
2013 bottle purchased at Total Wine in Sacramento. The bottle opens with a big cork blast. The aroma has a fair amount of oaky vanilla present. Rather sweet, with some vinous character. Not much else going on. Modestly hazy copper-amber body with a massive cream-colored fizzy head present. Pour is very foamy. Starts with a sweet, sugary, somewhat sticky flavor. Tons of buttery and butterscotch comes through in the middle. Lots of diacetyl here. Some oakiness and a little vanilla late. A bit warming to finish. Just a ton of diacetyl.
ineedbeer (1103) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml 2011 vintage, 10% abv shared with myself. Aroma is malty with some nice caramel and toffee notes. Lighter burnt sugar and toast character. Some moderate dried fruit notes of raisin and fig. Some faint oak and bourbon notes with light alcohol. Pours a cloudy, murky, burnt brown with a medium, moderately sized, tan head that slowly recedes to the edges. Faint lacing and moderately large sized legs. Flavor is moderately sweet with some nice dark caramel and toffee notes. Some toasted bread and burnt sugar with a hint of roast and chocolate. Flavor has some light oak and bourbon notes with some nice alcohol notes. Moderately strong bitterness but only faint hop flavor. Nice dark fruit notes of raisin, prune, fig and dried cherry. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, a rather nice barleywine. Perhaps not the most complex, but nice malt notes with some pleasant bourbon and oak notes. Drier and with less bourbon than a lot of the more popular barleywines, which is nice in many ways.
dwyerpg (4818) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This barley wine was okay. The head is a little thin, but the flavor was decent. Doesn’t seem strong, which is nice. Nothing special.
Ferris (7070) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft - Vintage 2012 - Toffee, wood notes, vanilla and a nice caramel sweetness. Clear copper with a rich beige head. Dark cherry, toffee and oak notes. Really nice.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: An over-carbonated woody barley wine with original flavors for the style. Decent but could have been very good with softer carbonation.
How: Bottle 750ml corked & caged (ratebeer pictue shows a capped bottle), consumed when many months of age, bottle sent to me by …. Savvy1982?.. by someone.
The look: Cloudy brown body topped by a large beige head with good retention.
In long: Opens to a very loud pop, no gushing. Nose has plenty of floral honey, toastiness, lots of plain wood (woodshed smell). The body is over-carbonated, something I rarely say about a barrel aged big beer, and that over-carbonation hides the corpulent richness of the body. Taste is a creamy mixture of floral honey and caramel, notes of light color fruits (peaches and pineapples mainly), a strong oak presence. A little sweet on the attack but the oak dries it out nicely and even adds a certain astringency. The floral honey and light color fruits flavors were unusual and a fun change for a BA barley wine. I think there is a good beer in there but the excessive carbonation of my bottle kind of screwed my palate perception of the beer. Another big bottle of strong beer I drank, every week-end I abuse alcohol, verbally, I call each beer a slutty bitch before I drink it.
maxwelldeux (4138) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Pours a hazy reddish amber color with a smallish off-white head on there. Nose has some caramel notes to it, as well as some slight grain elements. Taste is slightly sweet with definite caramel notes coming off it. Very smooth, though slightly heavy on the palate.
andrewje41 (1195) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft pour. Pours a dark orange with a sweet, boozy aroma. Very sweet malt flavor with some citrus fruit and caramel. Pretty boozy this one is. Good flavor though, and a solid beer overall
Brevis (33) - Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 vintage bottle #560 of 3000. A great beer. It was good in 2011 but the years have made it better!
Guerde (1210) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2012 bottle from Sparky, thanks E!) Pours a hazy reddish orange color with a towering off-white colored head. Surprised by how much carb is here for a 2 yr. old bottle; the cork literally flew out of the bottle upon opening. Aromas here are a big bomb of brown sugar, light vanilla, wood, dried apricots, raisins, and a glimmer of strawberry jam. Not really picking up any oxidation or off-scents so I don’t think it’s infected, it’s just highly carbed. Getting a slight chocolate vibe after some warming which is strange. Flavor contains more prominent strawberry jam (there’s a slight tanginess here), vanilla, oak, little hint of char, brown sugar, and raisins. Little hint of red vines too in the far finish. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected and the carb is lower than expected. Overall a solid BA Barleywine. Thanks again E!