BMMillsy (1364) - Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle from Adam. thanks! Pours a deep murky amber with small khaki head.aroma of figs, plums, caramel, vanilla, and even a bit of bourbon and booze, though this isn’t the BA version. Flavor is big fruits, mostly figs, some apple, raisins, bready, toffee biscuits. A hint of some booze. Yum. Creamy and heavy body, but with plenty of carbonation keeping this drinkable. Very nice beer, and only my 2nd from CW. I can definitely see this turning out beautifully in a bourbon barrel.
SrSilliGose (3256) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle courtesy tossed my way via phaleslu. thank you! aroma of deep lush carmelized brown sugar, warming booze, deep dark fruits. raisins dates rumcake all offered. t@ste is big figs, boozy dates. lasting burnt boozy dark fruit brown sugar rum cake taste. best barley wine i’ve had in quite some time. goes as far as to say it lifts.
ineedbeer (734) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Dec. 2011.
Aroma is fairly fruity with cherries, figs, and golden raisins. Moderate caramel note with a light amount of toasted bread. Hint of alcohol spice. Light treacle note.
Pours a murky copper brown with some ruby notes and a thin tan head that quickly recedes leaving no lacing. Medium legs.
Flavor is slightly sweet upfront but there is a moderate to moderately strong bitterness later in the palate. Moderate notes of raisins, figs, plums and cherries. Moderately strong caramel malt nots with a hint of toasted bread and a light roast character. Medium alcohol spice in finish with some lingering fruit notes, bitterns as and a touch of earthy hops.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium to medium low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall a surprisingly nice barleywine with decent malt complexity and a nice fruitiness that compliments the caramel. Well balanced bitterness and alcohol notes.
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Caramel, rasins, brown sugar and a little cinnamon. Very good.
dfinney23 (1651) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours murky brown that glows red when held up to a bright light. Aroma of toffee and caramel, with a hint of something dark and, perhaps, evil. Taste is sweet caramel with a bitter grapefruit kick at the end.
weihenweizen (1729) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a sampler glass. Pours translucent red with white-head. Good lacing, medium body, low carbonation. Taste is caramel malt and some alcohol. Pretty good for a style I don’t really care for.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Murky amber with a small head. Aroma is caramel, Pac NW hops, dark fruit and some alcohol. Flavor is sweet caramel malt with a firm bitterness and some alcohol head. Medium body with a sweet finish. Kind of like a sweeter Bigfoot.
fletchfighters (1077) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber color, half finger of light brown head. Good lacing and retention. Big ABV legs.
Nose is of raisins, dark fruits, brandy, pine, and grapefruit. Big and bold nose.
Thick, chewy and sweet beer. Notes of brandy, pine, raisins, figs and dates. Very heavy feel but well hidden ABV. Some jam notes but not enough to offset the other notes.
Solid as heck Barleywine. MOAR please
nimbleprop (4869) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours a clear, caramel amber with some creamy, off white head. Nose is heavy pine tar, soap, some booze, tropical fruit. Flavor is strong pine, some grapefruit, candy, tropical fruit, malt, some bitter greens. Full bodied, sticky finish.
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle from Madison, WI, $3.99. Big, malty, woodsy, floral, butterscotch aroma. Appearance was opaque and orange with long-lasting foam on top. Taste was rich and buttery with scotch and cake. Palate was appropriately and comfortably mid-bodied. Overall a good barleywine that affirms my impression of Central Water’s high quality stuff.