Rastacouere (6042) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy copper pour covered by a mostly lasting off-white head. Not particularly aromatic for a big beer. The nose stays into the mainstream cerealic caramel range. Flavours are mostly sugary, borderline cough syrupy. Grainy malt profile, more toastiness would help in that regard. Limited hop influence. Watery texture. The most interesting about this beer had to be its origin.
Dogbrick (6033) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample on Day 2 of the Aces & Ales Strong Beer Festival on 08/13/2011. The beer is a hazed reddish-brown color with a medium light tan head that dissipates to an outer ring quickly. Spots and strings of lace. Aroma of dried fruits and caramel malt, plus a bit of hops. Medium to full body with flavors of toasted malt, caramel, hops and fruit. Tinges of oak as well. The finish is hoppy with a fruit aftertaste. Above average overall.
bb (5888) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. 2006 Vintage. Rich amber beer with a cream-colored head. Malt and caramel aroma. Malty, caramel, citrus flavor. Medium body. Lingering caramel, citrus, light pine, light earth. Nice balance on a barleywine. Alcohol doesn’t seem this high.
Ibrew2or3 (5761) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival.
Pours clear deep copper with thin tan head. The modest aroma has notes of prunes, figs and sweet crystal malts. The taste starts rich and sweet with malt, fig raisin and plum sweetness. Midway and to the finish alcohol chemical notes show up along with a layer of pine hop bitterness. Could use some more age to mellow a bit. It does have a mildly drying malt roastiness into the finish.
Plovmand (5711) - Helsinge, DENMARK - APR 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. It pours hazy amber with a medium off white head. The aroma is loads of toasted caramel, crackers, bread, honey and dried fruit. The flavour is thick and toasted. Dried fruit, caramel, rye bread and honey. Very nice indeed.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by JoeyBigTimes. During the pour we found a slug like clump of malt and sludge that turned a few people off from sampling. Bottle 2006. Pours a mahogany body with a tan head. Sweet scotch, apples and light bourbon, etoh latent fruit with a sweet tangy caramel. Not bad, but for the style not great.
BückDich (5467) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG 2006 - DC Grand Tasting Lineup
Amber, hazy, nice sticky head and lacing. Nose of light bourbon, some spice and a sweet malt and hopping note. The flavor is rich, nice subtle bourbon and oak along with light hop bitterness and creamy malt sweetness. Nice barleywine.
sebletitje (5416) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
couleur, un profond cuivre, col blanc-cassé.
arôme et goût, fut de chêne ressort bien, superbe note de malt caramel donne un palais assez doux, le chêne américain ne prend pas le dessus.
Le palais garde des notes de caramel et chocolat sur tout le goûter, un finit sec qui au fil du temps offre qcq évaporation d’alcool du fut et de fruits noirs.
riversideAK (5413) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Kyzr. Huge aroma of bourbon accompanied by notes of cherries, plums, dates, tobacco, and alcohol. Pours a murky brown with a thin head. Flavor is a mixture of all of the aromas with a dominant bourbon base rounded out by the fruity aspects of the beer. This one got better as it warmed and proved amazing to sip as the Mosely - Cotto fight wore on. Thick and complex. An awesome barley wine!
after4ever (5287) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
750, capped and foiled. #530/1800. Another gusher. The second one tonight. Sigh. Maybe I’ll just make this a tradition from now on. On Tuesday nights, I’ll open a gusher. If I open a beer and it doesn’t spooge all over the counter on its own, I’ll just pour some around for the sugar ants. They’ll come in eventually, no doubt.
Pours a deep, deep mahogany brown that somehow manages to look velvety through the glass. Enormous, thick, foamy, sudsy, towering head. Plenty of stringy lace. One touch of your lips and the skin oil knocks it down by half in a few seconds, but it’s comically massive up until that point.
Humongously sweet nose--brown bread, brown sugar, figs, dates, and heaps of store-bought molasses. Almost bleeds over into tawny port territory, but it really has a fresh fruit/boxed sugar intensity to the sweetness of the nose. Immediately makes me wonder whether it should sit for a few years...especially given that it smeels this sweet refrigerator-cold.
Nice body, creamy, high side of medium. Nothing sticky or cloying about the mouthfeel. The bread, figs, and molasses pick up some orange-y counterpoint on the mid-palate, there’s a bit of citric sharpness to it that’s not present on the nose. Long, slightly orange-pith-y, heavily brown-bread-y finish. No flaws, other than the wicked overcarbonation (and that goes away). But doesn’t really have much to say on its own with the dense sweetness unaccompanied by anything else. I think if they’re going to go this sweet with it and not give it more hop bite to balance, they should say something on the label about aging it for a couple years. And still give it some more hops, then, honestly, because this’ll be out of balance in two years without them.