DrnkMcDermott (2778) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Found 3 loose bottles of 2011 for $2 each… I know, a 4-pack is just $8.99, but it’s cool that I paid as much for this as for a tallboy of PBR in the same cooler. I can put the other two next to my 2003 bottle for later comparison. Pours a deep amber with a lot of bubbles on the side. Bubbly ecru head that settles quickly. Deep malt with alcohol in the nose. Slight sprinkle of hops in the nose. Taste is mostly strong malts matched to warm alcohol. Basic hop bitterness keeps the malts settled, probably until they smooth further. A nice little barley wine, though I hope some more aging gives it more personality.
MrFecesious (919) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2007 bottle. Very cloudy burnt orange and no cap. Aroma of caramel, raisin, slight licorice, candied sugar. Quite oxidized unfortunately. Taste is watered down sweet. Pretty much a bottle of wet paper. Too bad. Was gifted this, so I’m not sure what storage this went through before I got it last year.
Quack-Duck (7773) - Down South, GERMANY - JUL 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle with thanks to pivnizub! Hazy pale yellow, creamy white head. Hoppy nose. Sweet and malty, quite full-bodied with a touch of alcohol and some grassy-resiny hops. Shy fruity touch, citrus mainly.
AmykalH04 (34) - - JUL 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Pours a orangish brown with a light tan head
S- Caramal and malt, definately get some sweetness
T- Caramel malts with a smooth sweetness to it.
M- Medium with good carbonation.
O- This beer is very straight forward and if you wanted a barley wine this definately fits the style.
Shain (34) - ISRAEL - JUL 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 330ml. Pours dark clear copper-brown. No head. Weak but pleasant aroma of sweet wine, soy sauce, malt and some banana notes. Mouth feel is velvety and thick, no carbonation, alcoholic and sour tang in top of throat.
Taste of wine, complex and rich, sweet, some wine-like tannins and fruity sourness. Alcoholic notes, banana and chocolate liqueur. Weak roasted flavors, some wooden, aged notes.
Complex, warming and thick, mostly sweet with gentle bitterness and slight sourness. Very winey/liquery, sherry, fruity. Bitter-sweet tannic after taste.
A strong complex sipping beer for wine and liqueur lovers, indeed a barley wine more then a beer. Very good.
JHeath99 (829) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours a transparent dark amber with a thin layer of off white head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, and booze. Taste of dark fruit and caramel.
Burgers (267) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 Clear amber colour with fair head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol and red fruits. Taste mainly sweet. Mouthfeel quite syrupy.
MarkSachon (553) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle that reads ’Born in 2012’ on a sliver background label. This is a rich and hearty lae that lives up to its reputation. What a shame it’s been retired.
sinfull (789) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange/amber color, medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel , dark fruits , raisins with hint of alcohol. Caramel sweet taste with fruity notes and hoppy bitterness in finish. Full body , low carbonation. Worming , bittersweet aftertaste.
HeadyDE (477) - 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 (1505) - 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.