jtclockwork (5105) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours cola brown. Off white head. nose and taste of resin, pine, sticky caramel, sweet malt and dried dark fruits. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Finishes malty resin.
madmitch76 (9867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
14th March 2011
Hazy red - amber beer, short pale tan head. Malt and fruits on the nose along with some unexpected herb. Semi dry palate. Mild malt and somewhat spicy alcohol. A little generic fruit and then bitter bubblegum. Bitterish aftertaste. Not bad but the bitter bubblegum starts to grate.
jcweaver (697) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours reddish with a small, off-white head. Aroma is a nice blend of sweet caramel and citrus hops. Moderately sweet flavor of caramel and citrus/pine hops. Finishes with more caramel and pine hops. A little simple but smooth, tasty and well balanced.
ben4321 (3003) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Norm’s, 8/13/12
Aroma: The nose is fairly malty and sweet, lots of caramel, some light alcohol, fruit notes, and wood
Appearance: It pours out of the glass with WAY too much head. It is a clear caramel-orange colored beer with a huge (a good 4 fingers of) foamy, beige head, and some foamy, bubble, scatteredly coating lace
Flavor: It tastes heavy malty and mid-plus sweet, with lots of caramel, and some later alcohol flavors
Palate: The body is rather full, it has a lively carbonation, a good amount of heat, and some light dryness
It takes a while, but once that massive head finally starts to fade, you can actually try the beer. After that point, I found something that was at least worth trying. It is probably a bit overrated, it was fine I guess, but certainly nowhere close to a top of notch example of the style.
jstraw (1661) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy caramel with scant, tan head / Big nose of caramel, sour malt, dark fruit, and chocolate / Medium body, sufficient carbonation despite the absence of head, modestly sweet, malty but with good, biting hop balance, with a touch of heat on the bitter finish / Flavors of brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, date, fig, grapefruit, cut pine, and wood? / Some flaws, but really good. Is this wood-aged?
phaleslu (4451) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from the St. Matthew’s brewery. Picked this up in 2009 or 2010, can’t remember which. Pours a hazy, deep amber-plum color with a tiny off-white head. Aroma of caramel, plums, raisins, figs, brown sugar, tobacco, and fruitcake. Flavor of raisin bread, caramel, tea, tobacco, cookies, brown sugar, figs, and nuts. Medium-bodied with low carbonation and a sweet, fruity, malty mouthfeel. Way better than expected. Great American barley wine.
Butters (3322) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 vintage. Damn this has gotten pretty good with age. Hazy purple pour with decent offwhite big bubble head and semisticky lacing. Sweet raisin molasses nose with mellow yeast character. Flavor is more fruity. Plum, raisin, currants, bitter almost astringent finish, but that must be the old hops. this actually gets a little worse the more I drink it. Some medicinal bandaid notes as it warms. a little oxidized, but i guess that’s my own fault. still, pretty tasty bw.
gorditoabd (557) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from local bottle shop in Arlington, VA. Pours brownish-orange semi-translucent with almost no head... What there is is so minimal as to make me wonder about the carbonation. Aroma is rich and sweet of caramel, nuts, wood, and dry malt. Taste is dry, subdued, and sweet. Nuts, toffee, and a mild bitterness that balances everything out. ABV is EXCEPTIONALLY well hidden. A nice, smooth, brew.
savnac (2064) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle from beernbourbon. Clear amber with a light beige head. Aroma of caramel, flowers, citrus and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet bready, caramel malt with some bitter american hops and a light alcohol heat. Medium body with soft carbonation and a sweet, bitter finish. Nice American style Barley wine, a bit sweet but still very enjoyable.
Barrios (1241) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a beautiful ruby-copper body with a lasting ring of beige-light khaki colored head. Aromas of toffee, pine, some citrus notes. Flavor is toffee, subtle pine and lemongrass. Finish is that toffee again with a tough of bitterness and dryness that fade.