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!
zoucrew102 (1180) - - 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.
UncleKorm (1171) - 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.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Dickinsonbeer for sharing this at the January gathering. Poured a dark clouydy amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel and bubble gum. Flavor is light yeasty bubble gum with a hint of pine hops. Not as rich as their IIPA.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Beerand Blues2, thanks Brad. dark brown with a decent size tan head, quickly fading to some lace. strong malty caramel nose and flavors more of the same with some alcohol and dark ripened fruit present as well. medium to full mouthfeel. nothing over the top here, but over all, a nice BW indeed.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Dickinsonbeer’s NJ January gathering. reddish orangey cloudy color, tannish foamy head. slightly syrupy malt aroma. low carbonation. malty/syrupy flavor. dryish finish but still malty sweet.
dpjuart (1097) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from forever ago courtesy of BlackForestCO. Pours a hazy ruby red with brown notes, little carb leading to a filmy, 1/8 inch head. Boozy caramel nose with brown sugar. Caramel and vanilla, brown sugar and molasses, mild bitter and reasonably dry. Everything is rather muted, but I’m sure that’s come with the aging. Mild alcohol, moderately watery mouthfeel, a touch creamy. Pretty OK.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006. An oily amalgamation of a creamy head fades to a fat bubbled ring, quickly. Body is a murky dark amber with orange perimeter. Lacing is just a collection of small dots, revealing a watery/oily nature. Sugar coated orange candies and hops(grapefruit, pickles) are projected first in the nose. The hops are very pronounced, followed by tart caramel malts and toast. Overripe citrus fruits round out the aroma. Alcohol is moderate. Flavor is simple. Hops and malt, a few depthless sugars and more of the alcohol noticed earlier. Fruitiness is mostly covered by forthright bitterness. Some sweetness in the initial flavor fades to reveal a mildly dry and very astringent finish. urned tendencies fully reveal themselves in the afterthought. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly to moderately carbonated, smooth, rich and very alcoholic. The parts and the sum seem like a dandy beer, very drinkable and well-crafted.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BlackforestCO. Pretty amber/ruby color with off white pinkish head. Aroam of malt, milk, and light dark fruit. The flavor was the same with chocolate and light cherry notes. Smooth, clean, malty thick mouthful.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice tasting barley wine. The cloyingly flat mouthfeel causes a loss of points, as does the thin head and absence of much lace. But overall, this is still a pretty damn good barley wine. 11.25% not noticeable, or else I"m just becoming immune. Smells wonderful too. Bottom line: if I were you, and I saw this beer, I would buy it.