superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/31/2010. Pours lightly cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, raisin, plum, pear, apple, floral, light pine, brown sugar, light nuttiness, and toasted/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/toasted malt and dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, raisin, pear, plum, apple, nuttiness, floral, light pine, brown sugar, and toasted/yeast earthiness. Slight pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, raisin, pear, plum, apple, nuttiness, floral, light pine, brown sugar, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt and dark fruit flavors; with a great malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barleywine style. All around good complexity and balance of malt and dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
hman43 (224) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong aroma of malts which include bread and caramel. The color is an amber-brown with a light brown head the is full bodied and lasts. It has very strong malt flavors that is heavy with a good kick to the palate.
cheap (3803) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2013
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
From a bottle this is some really strong happy BS. Smells a little perfumy scary, malty and sweetly volatile. Its difficult for me to appreciate these beers for what they are without years and years of aging. Thick and viscous it looks sitting in the glass. Looks like a darker cloudy hefe. Perhaps the looks of a lighter dunkelwesen. Wow, just the smallest sip leaves a kick ass impression in the mouth. How could this every be a beer by cheap lager standards? Never. More like the rudest wine I’ve ever tasted. Should not be in the same style as Harvey’s. Nasty Nellie, may I say? Very difficult fer sure. No co2 or any I can detect over the mouthy impact in the flavors. Forgettabout it. wew. put this in a trunk in your attic fer 10 years and hope you never find it. Did penguins accidently do droppings in this before it was fermented? Do you think it would develop those sherry qualities after 10 years? If you are into American wannah bee barley wines, try this and ignore my numbers, could never figure out the purpose of these brews.
Salmoniform (262) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured 2012 from bottle to glass. Amber with nice creamy off-white head. Suspended particles. Good head retention and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is malt forward with essence of raisins, brown sugar, plums, citrus, caramel, alcohol esters. Taste is sweet with a slight CO2 bite to help offset the malt bomb. Faint ethanol finish, but very nice. Phenominal mouthfeel! Medium-Heavy body offers slight chewyness. Overall, this is a great domestic interpretation of an English Barleywine and I can’t wait to see how it develops with more age.
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours a medium ruby-brown color with a half finger of off white head that falls to a ring. Aroma of thick caramel, nougat, molasses and rich malts. The flavor is very sweet brown sugary malts and melon with a light alcohol and hop finish. Medium body with very little carbonation.
Drake (7945) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Wooden Keg Hagerstown, 2010 vintage. Pours a hazy red-amber color with a large creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toffee malts, citrus hops, some candied citrus. The taste is toffee malts, citrus hops. Medium bodied, slight lingering bitterness and some mild oxidation notes, but this has held up extremely well and is absolutely fucking delicious right now.
budznsudz (473) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 bottle to snifter. Pours dark red with a thick off-white head. Aroma of pineapple, dark fruit, and sweet malt. Taste is bitter with a twangy aftertaste. The rest is leather, bitter grapefruit, and dark fruit. Pretty decent.
mensch (242) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 wax sealed bottle. Quite a bit of the old leather, smoke and rancid caramel aged flavors. A little fruit still left in there, raison and peach. Very chunky at the botttom. Smooth, strong, very tasty, just not among the best.
TheHOFF43 (1674) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a dark red/brown with some fluffy head. Lots of scotch on the nose, some roast and hops. Little bit of caramel and dark fruit.
Tortman18 (175) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy amber with a very small, off white head that dissipates to a thin cap. Decent amount of lacing. Nose has a lot of caramel and roasted malt with honey, dark fruits, floral and citrus hops. There is a nice boozy undertone mixed with vanilla. Mouth is very creamy and caramel loaded up front. Some dark fruit and milk chocolate with a slight roastiness present.