ghostbeer (66) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 19, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Malty and good. Strong and assertive. It was indicated that there were undertones of dried fruit...this was lost on me. I liked the warmth of this and liked the rich amber color. I also like the vintage date and plan on getting a vertical going.
FatTony (188) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Poured out a very attractive orange-red with a strong amber head. Slightly skunky aroma. Taste was honey sweet with floral and citrus notes. Pleasant oily palate. Above average.
anthony850 (453) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2015
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Poured from a bottle at Costoberfest. A little to malty and bitter for me.
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MadRobin (2721) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - SEP 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle after cellaring for 5 months.
Murky, rusty dark orange with a 2-finger khaki head and good lacing.
Aroma of raisins, prunes, other dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar, maple, apple, butterscotch and a bit of citrus.
Very complex taste of butterscotch, alcohol, maple, dates, raisins, plums, toffee, licorice, brown sugar and more.
Full/medium body and medium/high carbonization with a rich mouthfeel appropriate to such a complex beer.
Very complex--what a barleywine should be. I only regret that I did not cellar it longer, as it still had a bit of an edge.
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lionus (11) - , Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Massive complexity and balance make this beer one of the best I have ever had.
Justacowpoke (1) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had no idea what to expect as I had never tried a "barley wine." But this was a very pleasant surprise. It is very malty (my preference over bitter beers) and very similar to Belgian style beers. Wonderful beer.
JHeath99 (1648) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Cliff. Thanks! Pours a transparent anger with a layer of light tan head. Aroma and taste of heavy malts, caramel, dark fruits.
Nisse666 (5973) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Rattle N Hum cons 2015-05-16 New York
AP: amber/ruby, stouty head
AR/F: dried fruity, rasins, pruns, dry, short flavors, warming feeling
arn8897 (288) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2015 Pours a very hazy caramel color. With a tan head. Aromas of caramel apple, raisin, licorice, bread, nuts. Taste of the same. Very complex taste. Medium mouth feel. Little alcohol flavor. Overall very nice.
AirForceHops (5859) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 vintage from a 22 oz. bottle thanks to Adrien. Aroma is sugary with raisin and a roasted malt and even shows some lasting citrus hops. Flavor shows some lasting bitterness that really surprised me, good balance. Pretty good body with a nice creamy texture.