mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle, notched 2007, and thanks to BlackForestCO for yet another great bonus! Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a choppy one finger off-white head, moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is nice and malty, with toffee, caramel, candied dark fruits, and some brown sugar. Flavor is more sweetness, with candied fruits and caramel, almost sugary but not quite there. Palate is a bit thin, with the sweetness sticking around. Thanks Jake, you rock!
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cinnamon raisin, buttery, malty aroma with some phenols. Flavors of pineapple, oatmeal and carrot cake. Chewy texture. Semi-dry finish. Alcohol very obvious but overall seemed dumbed down rather than robust for the ABV.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz Bottle. A vigorous pour yields a smallish head which settles to a thin layer of film. Beautiful color of reddish amber that is slightly cloudy. Vanilla, caramel and brandy aromas. Hops provide some fruitiness and compliment the malts perfectly. Body is full, chewy, syrupy and softly carbonated. Flavors are both hoppy and malty and really compliment each other which I find very enjoyable. Lasting bitterness in finish. Caramel, fruit and hops add much flavor. Alcohol although not overpowering in flavor is very warming. This is a Barley Wine I can get into. Thanks to Snowtiger for the sample.
kayres (738) - , Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark orange to copper with a thin tan head. Very sweet winey nose. Medium to full bodied, sweet raisin flavors followed closely by a dry hop bitter finish
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RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle via trade with BeerandBlues2. 2005. Aroma: Strong sweet malt, bread, light ginger, rich caramel, raisins. A bit of alcohol, but not as much as I was expecting. Appearance: Very dark orange in color and murky. No head. No lacing. Flavor: Sweet malt with a strong caramel presence. Bread, chocolate, raisins. Some pine and grass hop notes. Bitterness was nice, but lingered just a touch too long. Alcohol was noticeable, but not intrusive. Palate: Full bodied and creamy. Despite having no head, there was a good level of carbonation on the tongue. Strong alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: A very nice barleywine. Well balanced and drinkable, despite the high alcohol content. Just what I needed after a long day at work.
budznsudz (582) - 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.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: cinnamon, brown sugar, carmel, yeast
Appearance: muddy brown, no lacing, very small forced white head
Flavor: brown sugar, carmel, liquor-like, hops, yeast, and grapefruit flavors
Palate: warming, very robust flavors
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
3/18/06. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO 9/30/05. Rated blind. Muddy brown-orange with a rocky, soapy head of cream froth, strangely lasting. Very little lacing. Aroma steers towards the berry end of barleywines, rich with juniper and prevalent higher alcohols, sweetly resinous with a tangy, zesty sappiness. Some aged piney hops but somewhat little caramel depth, masked mostly by the sweet fruitiness. Like berries tossed in a few teaspoons of melted brown sugar. Flavor strikes immediately with oxidation, a sweet papery taste, even in this relatively young age (though, to be fair, it HAS been 6 months). Also lots of sticky berry skins and a light earthiness. Soggy-dusty hop resins mingle with the malt. Pretty good balance, actually, and I’m not overtly offended with the oxidation. Medium body with an interesting cooling sensation and prickly, sappy finish. Quite dry and stiff, alcohol blending with a puckering twiggy earthiness and still the ever-present berries. Like licking sweet sap from a smooth piece of tree bark. Warms the belly within the first few gulps. A solid barleywine for those lazy winter weekends of three days’ growth on the facial hair when a feeling like your tongue being tickled with light sandpaper doesn’t seem so bizarre.
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, enjoyed with some hard manchego cheese and black olives.Light chestnut with small diminishing head. When the bottle is opened I picked up a whiff of wet socks worn in sneakers for several hours - however as the aroma evolved it got more pleasant with hints of esters and some alcohol. Flavor is rather balanced to wards a classic English Barleywine, with the hops playing in the background, providing mostly bitterness. Smooth syrupy mouth feel with light carbonation.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, vintage 2002: Cloudy amber/ruby, small head which fades quickly to nothing. Caramel and maple nose, overall quite sweet smelling. Burnt caramel malt shares the palate with dry floral hops. Lasting dry bitterness in finish, no sign of alcohol here.