HeadyDE (483) - Delaware, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle..copper red color slight head that dissolves to nothing..nose is sweet.boozy filled with dark fruit..plum..raisins..mouthfeel is full bodied with a lingering presence at first of cigar smoke/character..boozy warmth stays around longer than anticipated..expected this to be a bit smoother..a sipper for sure..decent..
ContemplateBeer (1507) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2014 2012 bottle. Aroma: Intense caramel/toffee malts that have a spirit-like quality; a little citrus lingers in the background. Appearance: Hazy amber pour with a bubbly bone head that dissipates into a bubbly ring. Flavor: A little citrus up front, but the malts don’t wait long to drop the hammer; pretty intense and still has a lot of vigor. Alcohol is pretty apparent. Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, flat carbonation, long finish. Overall: Probably opened this one too early; I think it could go for 2-3 more years and have room left for refinement. Still, it didn’t strike me as a peer of the English barleywines i’ve had the pleasure of trying.
DesertDevil (487) - Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Incredibly sweet nose of caramel, toffee, light oak, and a hint of cinnamon. Pours a clear medium copper. Sweet (almost sugary) taste with caramel, brown sugar, a mellow, boozy acidity, and a bit of sharp oak. Medium body and a bit sweet, watery mouthfeel. Solid.
mike_77 (2987) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Born in 2012" - Light brown colour with thin but lasting head. Aroma is syrupy sweet with lots of boozy dried fruit rather like a sherry. Flavour is similarly sweet and rich with dried fruit dominating. There are some woody and spicy notes lingering in the background too. Quite thick and warming.
TheCametron (1751) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with Benh at the Bow Bar. Good times. Pours Amber with a cream head. Loads of sweetness with a novel ammount of hops to balance it out. I feel that barleywines have a tendency to get sickly after a while so half a 330ml bottle is more than enough for me.
MoritzF (8402) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle, 35.5cl, vintage 2012) Clear, amber colour with a medium-sized and slightly tanned foamy head. Slightly sour and leathery malty aroma with notes of caramel, as well as fruity aspects of plums, citric hops and a tinge of booze. Sweet flavour, medium to full bodied with a calm carbonation. Slightly syrupy and juicy malty start with dried fruity notes of raisins and fruit cake; moderately sweet and fruity finish with subtle bitter hops and a warming alcoholic strength. Quite easy-going for a Barley Wine. 22.IV.14
BenH (2198) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice deep amber with off white head. Resinous aroma, pine, lots of caramel and toffee. Similar flavour, big caramel bomb with some resinous pine. Nice sweetness with a bitter finish. Solid stuff
Darkmagus82 (545) - - MAY 17, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer From BA -
Poured from bottle into chalice glass.
Appearance - Pours a hazy copper-orange color with a head that fades fast and leaves almost no lacing.
Smell - Sweet fruits and maple are initially present followed by a bit of citrus and some alcohol.
Taste - Sweet dried fruits and breadiness of malt are initially present. Then a nice big cherry flavor hits. These give way to some alcohol taste (but not overbearing) and a small floral hop flavor shining through at the end.
Mouthfeel - This is superb. A little sticky; its creamy and thick with the perfect level of carbonation. Wonderful for sitting back and sipping.
Overall - A good barleywine which doesn’t break the bank. A good by and perfect for any day with not much going on when you feel sipping away.
Stuu666 (1711) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Sweet, dry, a little thin, toffee, some light juicy pine, bitter.
gendv138 (1043) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
4 ounce draft (2011 vintage) at ChurchKey poured into a snifter. Pours a caramel brown/amber color with off-white head. Aromas of caramel and floral notes. Tasting notes of caramel, pine, floral notes. Medium body with a dry finish. Not as good as I hoped, maybe I’d like this better fresh but since this beer is retired that likely won’t happen.