badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice amber red color with a fizzy off-white colored head leaving trace amount of lacing. Smells of caramel, dark fruits, cherries, strawberries, and hint of vanilla. Taste is much of the same, complex and sweet, but not cloying. A hint of hops is detected as well as a small amount of alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel would be perfect, it’s full bodied and smooth, but there is just way too much carbonation. Drinkability suffers from the carbonation levels as well; otherwise this would be a damn near perfect beer to me.
jasonp (1570) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, courtesy of acrdz. Dark bronze with a white head. Heavy caramel-covered apple nose with an undercurrent of piney hops - somewhat oxidized but that’s ok. Flavor starts with big toffee caramel up front then wood, pipe tobacco and resinous piney/citrusy hops. Very woody in a good way. Kinda boozy. Full, round, chewy on the palate with moderate carbonation. Nice beer - definitely a sipper.
notalush (5640) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fizzy dark copper beer, with a few soapy bubbles at the top - aroma of syrup-soaked cherries, brown sugar, a bit of vanilla - the flavor is quite similar - starts out quite sweet and fruity, followed by some rolled oats, caramel, fig, date - finishes with some hop bitterness and alcohol warmth - a little bit of grainy character in the end - reminds me a bit of bigfoot with some age on it, but lacking a bit of that beers character - still nice, though.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear deep copper with a minimal off-white head that dissipated quickly to nothing and leaves little lacing. Smell is sweet and dominated by toffee, raisins, and figs. The alcohol burn is evident in the nose as well. The taste is very complex with the aforementioned tofee and dark fruits, but with additional vanilla and caramel sweetness along with a heavy roasted malt flavor as well. The mouthfeel is dry but super malty and alcoholic. The alcohol and malt heaviness take away from the drinkability a bit but this is a very good barleywine.
jcwattsrugger (11902) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle @Noogfest4.0-pours a tan ring for a head and hazy copper color. Aroma is sweet dark fruit, medium malt. Taste is sweet dark fruit, medium malt, secondary bitter hops.
beerguy101 (5351) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at Noogfest 4.0 (2008). This barleywine pours a orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel malts and sweet. A medium bodied Barley Wine. The malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are earthy and floral. Nice balance.
Touch of alcohol oiliness. Sweet finish. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy, dark, reddish-amber color. A foamy, cream colored head settles to a wispy film with a pronounced edge. Random flares of lacing jut out from the body. Aromas include rich, buttery toffee, caramel, loads of vanilla, baked cinnamon apples, and surprisingly potent, spicy floral hops. It smells alot like a freshly baked apple pie, save for the hoppy notes. Flavors are quite rich, with caramel and toffee sweetness hitting up front. Immediately, floral and citrus hops rush in, complete with a serious spicy kick, to balance things out. Orchard fruits and cinnamon are present again, though they arenít as prominent as they are in the nose. The hops really take over on the finish, imparting a bitterness that lingers for ages. The body is moderately carbonated and fairly smooth, though there is a good deal of alcoholic heat that burns on the way down. Overall, this is a very solid barley wine. Itís a little rough around the edges, but it makes up for that in other areas.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown. This barley wine is hoppier then i hoped for. But still has a good character of spices and plum.
dchmela (2998) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy Petrucci914. Pours reddish brown with a thick off white head. Big malt, toffe and hop aroma. Smooth malt taste with lots of spicy, earthy hops. Dry malty finish. Very nice.
ChainGangGuy (4714) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, garnet-hued body topped by a scant, off-white head.
Smell: Sweetish, toasted caramel, oranges, and juiced plums with a few boozey hints and more than a few hints of wood.
Taste: Toasted caramel maltiness thatís sweet, baby, even candyishly so. More of that wood from the aroma. Faint plum fruitiness. Hint of orange liqueur. Medium-high hop bitterness. Warming bittersweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Not quite a medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Not as graceful as some of the finer examples of the style, but overall itís not a bad lilí barleywine.