CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003 bottle: Dark mohogany color with a thick frothy cream-colored thinly-lacing head. Aroma is mostly dry with an earthy pine English hoppiness and some mild caramel malty sweetness. The nose seems to be confused though as the elements donít quite mesh together for some reason. Body starts with some caramel sweetness on the tip of the tounge, turning slightly acidic toward a dry, yet sticky, bitter finish. Donít taste much alcohol here, but this is really lacking balance and complexity and just seems to be quite bereft in what I expect from a barleywine.
motelpogo (7068) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 15, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
04 on tap at the brewery - amber brown with chocolate and prune aroma and some light woodiness. pleasant if a bit too sweet. 03 version bottled - very sweet and syruppy. golden syrup and treacle with some pine and red grape
phaleslu (7040) - 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.
sebletitje (7023) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of fishingnet.
pours orange, off white head.
Aroma picked up some bourbon like aroma, malt, caramel, sugar and spices.
Taste, some bourbon, vanilla, caramel malts coupled with some citrus hops and a faint wood presence.Some fine tasting beer.
arminjewell (6980) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red pour with white head, aroma and tastes include vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, with some bitter roast and some burnt caramel. Pretty good, standard malt-driven barley wine.
marcus (6954) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 2011 keg tapped at FredFest. Pours orange copper with a pretty beige head and a fruity aroma. There is a hearty smoked malt flavor that starts bitter then turns sweet. Very strange, but tasty.
KyotoLefty (6877) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Nevitt. Spicy nose, cinnamon, caramel, raisin, apples, hops. Glowing amber, lace. Clear. Rather dry, caramel, dried fruit, sulfur, chocolate, cream.
douglas88 (6563) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a mostly clear copper color with a medium white head. A big malty sweet nose. The flavor is nutty, molasses, light heat, a bit of darker fruit. Very dry at times, some lingering malty toffee. Good. Very nice English style BW,
Ernest (6482) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003 bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted light bread, caramel, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of orange peel, toffee, peach, light note of alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, watery (almost syrupy) texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. One of the bitterest barleywines I've had (though not quite as extreme as renditions like Old Crustacean), and a little too acidic for me, but the aroma is surprisingly pleasant thanks to more emphasis on malt than hops.
after4ever (6388) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12-oz. #10--this is a í99 bottling tasted in 08. Still has a gasp under the cap, good sign. Still pours up a big head, good sign. Pours deep murky dark brown with ruby highlights. Thick, creamy tan head and lots of sudsy lace. Huge nose of toffee, fresh-cut hardwood, apples, caramel, and rubbing alcohol. Medium, slightly creamy body. Still got a bit of carb spritzing around in the farther corners here and there. Apples, caramel, toffee, woodiness, tobacco, leather--all those delectable aged BW notes are here. Unfortunately, they brought over their unpleasant neighbor, a fumigant, harsh rubbing alcohol note that gets worse and worse from the attack through the finish. Super dry alcohol finish. This is a hot and bothered beer even at 9 years of age. All the yummy flavors together are so enticing, but then that burning twang comes in...itís like hanging out with the most beautiful woman youíve met in a while and then watching her pee her pants.