beersearcher (2382) - 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 (458) - Budapest, HUNGARY - 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 (3132) - 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 (1664) - 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 (573) - 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 (1260) - Duluth, Minnesota, 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 (5063) - 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 (1691) - Raleigh, 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 (8006) - 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 (2129) - 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.