tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent offering, well worth the money and iíd possibly get it again. Just didnít knock my socks off.
better than expected, but still not that great. 2007 vintage.
popery (1455) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Itís been about 15 months since I purchased the bottle. I donít know if itís significantly worse fresh, but this is a big, rich barleywine at this point and itís quite nice. The beer is a pretty standard red-tinged amber with a small head fading to a bit of lacing. The aroma is particularly good - vanilla, caramel malt, a touch of lingering citric hops, cognac around the edges and an almost koelsch-like vinous quality. The grape aroma is all sweet, little champagne grapes and adds a lot. The flavor has that silky, smooth sweetness of residual sugars that have slowly oxidized. The mouthfeel could be a touch creamier but itís still good. Itís really quite nice at this point. I almost want to try a fresh bottle to understand some of the lower scores. Iím not sure why this beer would rate lower than Old Guardian or Green Flashís barleywine.
pdx77 (1443) - Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Baileyís Taproom CellarFest 2013. 2007 vintage. Not sure if itís been aged too long, but it is more bitter and not as satisfying as other barleywines. OK overall though.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. This beer was surprisingly good. Pours clearish brown/red with a slow building, frothy, offwhite head with good retention and spider web lace. Smells spicy hoppy and caramelly malty sweet. A bit of alcohol on the nose as well. Tastes malty and sweet caramelly with a healthy dose of spicy hop flavors. Pretty hot, lots of alcohol flavor. Pretty solid, classic BW. Full body, good carbonation.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep red color with a white head. Decent lacing. Malt first type of barley wine with a nose of dark fruits. What holds this one back is itís lack of flavor up front other than a caramel sweetness and itís harsh alcohol finish.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Reddish amber pour with very little beige head. Aroma is vanilla tobacco and rich dark fruit / fig. Sort of acidic palate, but good dark fruit / fig flavor. Vanilla tobacco undertones in flavor and mild alcohol and bittering hops in the finish. Better than I thought it would be.
RedSox2004 (1323) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUL 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours hazy mahogany red with a decent head that left a strong film and ok lacing. Aromas of spices, caramel, brown sugar and apple. Taste is maltiness for the most part, but plenty of carmelized sugar and alcohol as well. Hops come in a bit at the end. Nice beer, but the alcohol is strong, and I’m thirsty.
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very pungent malty aroma. Not a bad aroma. A big haze look with this beer. Not much head on it. Whoa, a very strong taste of alcohol. I generally like some malt with my alcohol, but the alcohol just blasts my tongue. It doesnít have a horrible taste, but it is not good. I just think the alcohol taste is not hidden at all. I have had strong barley wines, with 12+ abv, but there were other flavors. This one just has an alcohol bitterness, not even a hop bitterness. I just think they missed when it came to using hops and malts.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 23, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer completely lives up to its name. Phenolic nose with notes of rotten fruit and artificial sweetener. Sweet and oxidized palate with some burnt toffee and spruce tips. Sickening sweet high alcohol finish.
neepsntatties (1240) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A 2007 bottle at a tasting at the home of, "hannont". Colour... very cloudy amber. Nose... boiled sweets with cinnamon discs and menthol drops. Palate... sweet, frothy, bitter on the sides of the palate with lots of dates, Christmas cake and sticky toffee pudding.