Loineshawn (3007) - Massachusetts, USA - 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 (9160) - 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 (2047) - 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 (2132) - 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 (3053) - Swarthmore, 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 (5575) - 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.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hit up the Cambridge table big-time at GABF 2009. This was a very interesting and somewhat impressive -bal aged barleywine. Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt, milldly tart white grape, oak, spices, orange and apricot. Flavor is great and complex, both sweet and tart, with bready malt, dry white wine, spices, honey, oak, orange, peach, and even mild roast. Palate medium-light and smooth with soft carbonation. Overall very good.
elihapa (1519) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
9/28/09 notes: 2009 GABF, Friday. What a fascinating beer. Pours murky brown-orange, but quickly becomes more interesting. Aroma is orange peel, rich caramel and kitchen spices. Flavors dance on the tongue nicely, hard to pinpoint. In a pinch, all one can say is that the flavor is unique. I think I got spicy, cinnamon notes blended with strawberry sweetness. Very well balanced. I enjoyed every sip of this, even though it is a tough beer to understand stylistically.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2009: Settles in the glass like strange, green, muddy pond-water..or maybe dirty dish water. Little to no lasting head. Acidic white wine notes dominate the nose with some funky solvent underlinings tending to be sweet at times. Flavors bombard you with solvent, oak, and white wine with a steady sweetness underneath. I liked this to a point, but think its overly solventy and an ugly looking beer.