tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Good, but nothing really spectacular. Spicy and oddly meaty aroma. Loads and loads of sweet brown sugar malt and a touch of woodsy and resiny hops. Attractive dark amber pour with a nice sized off white head. Plenty of charred brown sugar on the tongue. Maple syrup backed with a bit of pine bark. Medium to full bodied. Slightly oxidized on the finish. Thanks Andy!
DietPepsican (1571) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is sweet fruits, hops, heavy caramel and toffee. Sweet malts really shine in the one. Flavor gets rounded out by apricot, apple, hops, grapefruit, cotton candy, and toffee. Finishes slightly carbonated, no hint of the abv. This was very nice!
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Thanks to Elite_Digger for this one. Pours a clear brown color with red highlights, thin light brown head that fades quickly. Smells malty sweet and caramelly. There is a hop spiciness in the background. Tastes malty sweet up front and hop spicy on the finish. The malt flavors are caramelly, with brown sugar and toffee. The hops are acidic and spicy. There is a lingering alcohol burn on the finish. Full bodied, thick and syrupy. Carbonation is active.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really good looking beer. It pours a clear, deep garnet body topped by a sustained, creamy beige head. It smells off toffee, a touch of butterscotch, pale grapes, earthy herbs, and a hint of citric bitterness. Warm and peppery on the tongue. The alcohol comes forward in the flavor, but it blends smoothly with tastes reflective of the nose as well as the addition of a hard nut bitterness. It finishes on a lightly bitter note with a low alcohol burn. Nicely done!
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jasonm (22) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A nearly exceptional looking beer. A nice deep rich amber color with surprisingly good clarity given the decent amount of sediment in suspension. It’s topped with 2 inches of sandy colored meringue. The aroma is sweet, starting off with the warm smell of melted sweet butter and warm cherry pie filling. Caramel toffee and a faint bit of musty earthiness back things up. Bold, assertive, malty barleywine goodness in the beginning as aramel and chocolate kick things off. However this is definitely American style as the hops jump in to add notes of spicy citrus and pine needles. Finish is mostly dry, with some roasted coffee and herbal tea bitterness but with a slight zing of alcohol. Chewy body, good slickness, delicate carbonation and a dry finish with a touch of fire. A very well crafted beer and one of the best American style barleywines Ive had the pleasure of trying. I found it almost too drinkable for 10%.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very cloudy ruby brown color with lively carbonation and some lacing. Aroma is grapes, raisons, toffee and just a hint of caramel. Flavor is a sweet and fruity explosion on the tongue. Tingly sticky mouthfeel. Nice long fruity finish. Really one of the better barleywines I have had in quite some time.
3fourths (8879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big, rich, biting, stinky crystal malt nose, with sharp hoppy caramel and chewy, cherry flavored woody malts. Flavor is big and forward with more cherry wood and oxidized cardboard malt notes, and a sweet tobacco and dog food character. Reminds me of East End Gratitude. A good beer, certainly, but a little overboard on the harsh crystal malt.
argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle, thanks mj) Quickly dissipating small beige head atop clear dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, herbal, some grapefruit, faint Brandy. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, herbal, some grapefruit, light alcohol burn. Medium-full body.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks CaptainCougar. Pours a murky burgundy with medium white head stays stays and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is fruity, toffee, raisens, berries, fruity and sweet. Flavor is sweet and sugary, lots of raisens, toffee, and a touch of chocolate in the aftertaste. Thick and chewy with medium carbonation. Lots of caramel sweetness as it warms and a big floral hop bitterness. Lots of flavor and a big chewy punch. Pretty good but nothing over the top.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber. Aroma is pine, prunes, toffee, and malt. Taste is toffee, prunes, syrup, piney hops, and a bit of oak. A very well-balanced Barley Wine.