chickenflea (350) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Pours a rich amber. Like an southern sweet tea, and with a foamy that faded into a tight, neat bubble ring around the glass.
Aroma: Cherries soaked in alcohol. Possibly a bit of mango, but its rather difficult to smell around the alcohol.
Taste: Hoo-boy! Very sherry-like in flavor, with bit of smoke in there. Hmm. I’m not really getting any clear cut malt or hop signals beyond the alcohol fumes. Long, spicy finish that eventually begins to erode the back of the throat.
Palate: Medium body. A little astringent.
Overall: OK. The alcohol burn was a little off-putting for me. Not exactly what I expect from a Barley wine. It was more like a Belgian. Not bad but there are other readily available Barley wines I would choose over this. But it tasted young and fresh. Perhaps a little aging would do. I am not set up for that though so I my preference would be for a BW that has a more finished taste.
Bozo_skeleton (673) - Grenoble, FRANCE - APR 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Robe ruby, sans carbo ni collet.
Aromes fruits rouge, alcool, caramel.
Tres ronde, liquoreuse, des saveurs cherry, chaude et longue sur la finale.
egg (129) - USA - APR 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2011 bottle on 4/22/15. Unfortunetely cant taste next to one from this year. Good fizz upon opening. Pours a medium brown copper. Slightly hazy. Loose and thin light tan head. Nose is great. Creamy, vanilla, caramel, no hops, some alcohol heat, bourbon. Taste is the same plus alcohol heat, maybe some slight oxidation, a lot of dark fruit, fresh cut grass, followed by lightly burnt sugar, sweet, cardboard. Pretty tasty but got more astringent as it warmed..
bgold86 (35) - - APR 1, 2015
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 vintage, picked up a 4 pack from a friend, the few years added really elevated this one, would not cellar a day longer, just perfect.
alberti92 (144) - - MAR 25, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from cellarbrations super store in hami hill. Pours a very hazy brown with a tiny ring of head. Body is full and carbonation low. Aroma pierces the senses. Firstly you get lots of burnt sugar that masks the boozyness. The hop aromatics seem to have reduced with more malt sweetness coming through. Some sherry also comes through mixed with some citrus and perfume and even some mint. Taste begins sweet before becoming quite citrus. This then develops into oak and ask and leaves a nutty after taste. A pleasant burn ends the palate from the high ABV with some minty notes as well. Not a bad drop.
conway (1906) - - MAR 14, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. 2012 vintage. Dark copper with a thick off white head. Aroma is Fruity Pebbles and iced tea. Taste adds caramel and rubbing alcohol. Rich sticky mouthfeel. Not my favorite.
penstemon (199) - Nevada, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Pours orange-amber with minimal off-white head. Aromas of dried pineapple, orange, raisin, fruity esters, caramel, rye cracker, and a hint of apricot. Taste is orange, pineapple, bubblegum estery fruitiness, dried apricot, caramel, a bit of dried plum, and med-high bitterness. Med-full body, nice carb, finishes a touch sweet. Delicious.
StevieT (894) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle. Dangerously smooth with a peaty malt finish, this is a monster for sure, watch out.
John25 (939) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 2012. Copper. Candied malt and ripe fruit aroma. Caramel and toffee. Warm long finish. Great.
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Iphonephan (4012) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Mad Fox Barleywine Festival 2015. Vintage 2011. Pours a clear copper with a ecru head. Caramel aroma. Flavors of toffee. Smooth and mellow finish
Westchesterco (1246) - mclean, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On draft at madfox it is a golden amber color with slight head. The aroma is a sherry and the taste is a sweet flavor that resonates bitter sweet in the finish