BlackEyePA (547) - 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 (1229) - 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 (4246) - 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 (1161) - 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 (4528) - 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.
Westmeister (991) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Bridgeport - Pours a clear amber with a frothy dark tan head that maintain pretty well. Aroma is dominated by sweet caramel and toffee malts, some brown sugar and vanilla. Flavor reveals the same as the nose with some pine/resin hops. Smooth sipper and quite enjoyable.
Koelschtrinker (8619) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Herb-malziger Antrunk mit spürbarem Alkohol. Etwas muffiger Mittelteil, weiterhin Alkohol, diesmal aber weicher. Das Malz bleibt hinter seinen Möglichkeiten zurück und wirkt nun zuckrig. Dann wieder ausgewogener, leichter Hopfen, trocken. Erdiger und süß-malziger Ausklang. 9/11/11/12/7/11
Alphadelic (1639) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bright and rich red. A woody and fruity nose with a little heat to it. In the mouth it is pretty strong with sweet, juicy fruit flavours and hints of sherry or tawny port. Good if not hugely deep. Hot.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on tap at SIB. Pours orange/brown/red and slightly cloudy. Aroma of sweet dry fruits, toasted nuts,caramel, and booze. Flavour of dark roasted nuts, caramel and dark fruits. Sweet and dry.
mcberko (4147) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on tap at PIB, pours hazy orangey amber with a tiny head. Aroma of light toasted caramel, nuts, subtle dark fruits - subtle aroma. Flavour of nuts, toasted caramel, subtle fruits and a boozy finish. Not so complex for a barley wine. Sort of muted flavours. Decent.