CanIHave4Beers (2897) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Bottle (from box) Courtesy of Edmund Edmunds
Pours a deep red color, plenty hazy with a really small wispy ol’ head.
The aroma is rich, it’s got lots of caramel, some cooked fruit, some brown sugar... invitingly sweet smelling.
The flavor is rich & sweet, it’s got loads of toffee, lots of fruity cherry and apple bits. There is a touch of bitterness left in it, but that’s pretty light. Some vanilla rounds it out well.
The mouthfeel is big, but lightly sharp.
A real chill boost.
jkwalking05 (3491) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Hazy amber in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of toffee, caramel, alcohol and brown sugar. Taste is of caramel and toffee.
trujahwarrior (476) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Pours a hazy light brown color with a medium tan head that leaves great lacing. Smells of pine, caramel, toffee and citrus. Tastes of all the same things in the smell with slight dark fruit in the flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy but slight chewy with ok carbonation and a dry finish. Overall its pretty average for a barleywine. I was expecting a little more out of it it seemed a little off balanced Maybe it will taste better with age.
Prufrockstar (676) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at big time. Pours murky amber/brown, foamy off white head. Aroma is caramel and pine. Toffee. Some citrus. Taste: moderate hop bitterness, a little sour? tangy at least. Moderate sweetness - nicely balanced by bitterness.
Palate: soft carb, light-medium body.
Overall: wish I could figure out what tastes "tangy". Sweetness really comes through nicely the longer I sip on this. A nice way to finish the quarter.
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CampesinoTino (725) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber of 2012 Vintage. Pours a dark burgundy and amber color with a layer of light reddish brown foam. Lots of orange, grapefruit peel and pine resin in the aroma followed by some caramel, malt and dark fruit in the background. The flavor is heavy on the hops resin and citrus rind upfront leading to notes of brown sugar, honey, raisin and toffee. The body is moderately thick and creamy with low carbonation and a citrusy, alcohol-warming finish. Overall, it’s significantly hoppy fresh but should be a lot maltier and smoother with a few years of age on it. Well done.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours deep amber colored body with a bit of an orange hue. Finger-width, frothy and creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is rich and malty, but well hopped and balanced. Caramel and toffee-bread with a moderate sweetness, some raisin and plum skins, and a good amount of pines with a bit of an herbal spice. Flavor is similar. Caramels, toffees with light bread, raisins, plum skins, pines with touches of citrus, and a lightly spiced herbal note. Finishes dry and bitter with a light malt sweetness, toast, spice, and slight alcohol note. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid barley wine. Malty and well hopped with a good amount of dark fruits. Nice beer.
BrewDad (4628) - Olympia, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very tasty barley wine lots of love and care. Great flavors and terrific color. Was so happy to have tried it from the source on the 1st of December.
mcberko (5352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Old Town Ale House, pours a dark orangey amber with a small beige head. Aroma and flavour both of caramel malts, brown sugar and some metallic notes that are slightly off-putting. Not too sweet and if ideal, this would be quite well-balanced, though not the deepest barley wine. Maybe something wong with the keg. Decent, nevertheless.
boFNjackson (4022) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at a recent tasting generously hosted by hannont (2008 vintage)... Poured brownish with a beige-ish head. Nice, old barley wine flavor. Oxidation was minimal here. Hardly any hop flavor. Tasted of toasted malt sugars, toffee/caramel, oak, whiskey, and boozy finish.
IrishBoy (3751) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from riversideAK. Nose is toffee, golden raisins, brown sugary sweetness, and some floral hoppiness. Cloudy rusty orange with a small light beige head. Flavor is toffee, hints of molasses, some alcohol, and light bitterness.