jkwood04 (3950) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the 2012 American Craft Beer Festival. Pours amber, and the flavor is a little sour. Not bad though.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the brew pub. Orange/yellow color with little to no head. Nice barleywine. A little sweet and hot.
mkgrenwel (569) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 vintage. Syrupy sweet up front. Big acidity brings out pineapple and apricot. Honey. Light bodied for a barleywine. Not getting a ton of hops, but the acidity provides balance. Nice but actually a bit simple for such a big beer.
SrSilliGose (3257) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Aroma of big sweet boozy caramel, port, a touch vegetal. Taste is sweet toasted rum soaked figs, dates. Good attenuation. Sweetness balanced nicely by wine soaked fruit character. Pretty good. SSays 14 percent abt on menu and beer board.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed at CBC on their out door patio. Served in one of their small glasses due to its high ABV. Depp amber color with no head and really no carbonation. The aroma is very Chardonnay and white oak mixed malt. It is as if someone took some crusty bread and soaked it in white wine. Even through the taste I get a light grape like acid to it. Through the taste i get the grain more but also a wildflower honey. Mixing with the slight alcohol notes gives the impression of a light lowlands scottish whiskey. This is a very good barley wine and yes I very much could imagine drinking it in the shade of a summer afternoon.
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 18/09/2010
Big sherry aroma. Golden coloured very strong in alcohol hoppy and fruity with a hint of dryness and bitterness in the finish.
dnstone (2140) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Farmhouse-like aroma. Hazey golden in appearance. Honey sweet with a hint of wood and a brett-sour edge.
craftbeerdesign (2176) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample from the pitcher @ GABF on 9/18/10. golden pour with no head. sweet barrel nose with layers of whiskey, oak, chardonnay and vanilla. big round body with more barrel notes and sweet malts. alcohol finish with light fruits and more oak.
TheEpeeist (3358) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at CBC. Clear honey brown with no head. Nose is caramel, oak and chardonnay. Medium body, not quite flat. Taste is quite vinous, white grapes overwhelming the malty caramel base. A nice sipper but not very complex. While abrupt at first, the pronounced wine-sweetness contrast grew on me.
KyotoLefty (6465) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewpub. This was listed as 14%. Orange-copper color with no head or bubbles. Sweet, oxidized huge honey and caramel aroma with port and grape notes like a sweet Sauternes. Big alcohol. Syrupy and sour flavor with big grapes and honey, burning alcohol and oak. Doesn’t really do it for me.