budznsudz (561) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle. Drank from the bottle. Aroma is candied fruits, dates, and raisins. Taste is rich malt, figs, dark fruity esters, and vanilla spice. Quite enjoyable. Good barleywine.
zoucrew102 (557) - - JAN 19, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2014 2012 vintage, cellared about 1 year and 4 months. Sweet dark fruit aroma with caramel malt and just a bit of booze. Pours a cloudy, caramel colored with a thin white head and very little lacing. Starts with sweet caramel malt and finishes with nice dark fruit flavors and just a touch of booze. Full-bodied with a smooth, rich texture and a sticky finish that lingers in the aftertaste. Ages quite nicely. Probably could have used a little more time for the booziness to wear off, but still damn fine.
arminjewell (6293) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of bottle at the CO rare beer tasting 2012, dark brownish pour with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, some slight fruity notes, hints of cocoa powder, slight grain and spicy tones as well. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, earth, slight cocoa, hints of spice, finishing with a slightly fruity finish.
sonnycheeba (3607) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear brown with a trace of fizzy off-white head. Aroma is caramel, cereal, and cookie malts, figs, dates, floral hops, and light booze. Flavor is lightly sweet malts forward with dark fruit esters, booze, and faint hops; dry, lightly sweet finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
UncleKorm (850) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap from brewery poured a clear amber hue w/ small mostly diminishing tan head. Big malty sweet aroma of dark fruit. Initial flavor is moderate sweet and moderate sweet in the finish. Tastes are rum soaked raisins, orange citrus, toffee, plum and brown sugar. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, syrupy texture, heavy alcoholic warmth in the mouthfeel.
douglas88 (6134) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank in Denver for GABF 2012. Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a medium white head. The aroma is dusty dry malts, some caramel. A nice English style BW with dry caramel and sweet malts, dry palate. Dusty. Earthy. Very good.
gnoff (7934) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 fl oz bottle from the Bristol stand at the Coloorao rare beer tasting, Rackhouse, on October 10, 2012
Clear dark brown color, tan to light brown head. Malty, grainy, sweet, alcohol taste. Dry, citrus, fruity, bitter aftertaste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness. Fruity, sweet, alcohol scent.
hops99 (60) - Montana, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Pours dark brown, very hazy with little head. Malty, sweet nose. Taste is very sweet, with a mollasses taste and ETOH burn. Full, thick , rich body. A little too sweet for me but a decent winter beer.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle from wchesser, thanks Will! Aroma has notes of sweet caramel, brown sugar, figs, toasted malts, raisin, faded citrus hops and toffee. Hazy dark brown hue with a small off-white head that mostly diminished and left ok lace. Flavor is very sweet and medium bitter. Palate is full bodied and watery soft with a clean light finish. Overall a well aged Barley Wine that has a great nose and good flavor. Aged very well over the past year. Body is a little light but the alcohol is completely hidden. Very well done Bristol!
Steve_0 (2757) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a murky brown, almost cola-like color with little to no head. Smells of caramel, toffee, alcohol, vanilla, and wood. Taste starts out malty/sweet, some vanilla & toffee in there and finishes with medium bitterness. Aftertaste is kind of hoppy but also on the boozy side. Pretty good.