braznadian (59) - Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is No.13. Pours a dark amber with a thin tan head that recedes to an outer ring. Smells very nice. Got hints of pine resin, spruce and even some faint banana. Intense flavors. Bittersweet with a strong alcohol finish. banana, amber, clear, frothy, tan foam, Very bittersweet flavor. Intense. Starts sweet, then a sort of bitter fruit flavor. Strong alcohol finish. Thick feel with average carbonation. Definately a big beer with alot going on.
beersearcher (2162) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 6, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I didnít quite cotton to this 2012 version. A little to sweet and strong for my taste. This dark orange brew was also a little chewy and viscous for me.
Cristobal37 (168) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - OCT 9, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 6/20
Iím not a big fan of the barleywine style. Iíve tried specifically those which others have rated highly. While I found this more drinkable than Anchorís Old Foghorn, it was still quite unpleasant. Very full beer which stays on the tongue for a while. Rich alcohol flavor. Maybe I should give it another go, but didnít like it the first time around.
madvike (2372) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bridgeport Pub - Pours burnt siena with a thin foamy light tan head. Nose is dark fruit, sweet malt, peat, and a whiskey heat. Taste is pretty hot, with sweet boozy bread, light grassy hops, and bourbon-soaked raisins. Warming finish. Smooth, with a medium body. A little sweet for my tastes, but a half pint was a nice size.
JPDurden24 (1379) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red pour with a small off white head. Fruity with sugary syrup flavors, a nice hop bite as well. Not great, but pretty good.
BlackEyePA (558) - USA - JUL 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
really good stuff. strong rich and slight alco esters in the nose, cognac quaff with a wine finish, hoppy bite at the end, really tasty
sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle, I believe thanks go to Bob for this beer] Pours reddish-brown with a beige head. A very fruity beer. Strawberry and red grape are dominant, with notes of...celery? creeping in. Wow, that is weird. Candy like character creeps in as it warms too. Medium-thin mouthfeel, with a decent length finish. Overall, this was just bizarre. I sometimes get strange flavors or smells, but the celery in this was just unmistakable and really became quite strong.
mar (4463) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2012 2003 Bottle, deep amber pour with a light cream head. Nose is syrup, alcohol, chewy, light hops, and caramel. Nice palate, flavor is caramel, sweet, chewy, and a great finish.
zizzybalubba (1253) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub on Marshall St. in downtown Portland, OR. Brownish-orange pour with a thin off-white head. Rather subdued aroma of toffee and graham cracker with a light floral hop presence. The taste is more sweet than hoppy with tons of toffee and caramel but does feature a bit of a hop bite on the back end. Certainly made in more of the classic sense than an American barleywine but it is done quite well.
phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle shared by Keir- thanks, Keir! He said it was a 2007. Pours a deep, clear red-amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma had dark fruits, resin, caramel malts- simple and solid. The flavor was even more resinous, and coupled with a bitterness it suggested there was some hop character left; probably the alcohol, but I could be fooled. Caramel malts and dark fruits round it out. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a sticky, resinous mouthfeel. Good barleywine that apparently ages well.