bytemesis (6959) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks Jimmy! Clear chestnut, small beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is dark sugars, toffee, pine. Flavor is medium sweet, fairly bitter, some vanilla. Medium body, fairly harsh finish, some astringence.
Ericular (965) - Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Rapids Liquor Tasting. Pours dark brown with a quickly fading head - great for the style. Aroma is dark fruits. Taste is juicy dark fruits, and tart which balances the typically heavy malts. Very nice.
Lothore (624) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A- Pours a deep brown hue with a nice, light brown head that fades fairly quickly.
S- Lots of dark fruits, raisin, fig, brown sugar. Very similar to the BA version.
T- Same raisin, fig and huge brown sugar notes as the nose. Finish is a little hot with some hop bite. Well balanced.
M- Thick with medium carbonation.
D- This is definitely a solid, drinkable barleywine. The BA version takes it to another level but I loved this one as well.
edgallow (3680) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber pours deep amber with a off white head. Aroma of caramel malts, toffee, dried fruit and alcohol. Taste is malts, toffee, and a hint of alcohol.
RobertDale (5534) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At a bottle sharing. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is sweet malt, dark fruit, caramel, spice, and alcohol. Nice.
Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep garnet color with a dense, light tan/cream head that fades down to a thin film pretty quickly. Aroma has a pleasant fruity (plum, raisin, light apple, hint of orange) with a strong caramel malt sweetness and light toasted malt notes at the finish. Flavor has some light raisin up front with a touch of anise and light grassy bitterness which transitions to a complimenting sweetness of caramel malt and a touch of toasted malt. Body is perfect with a slightly oily feeling, very low carbonation and a hefty amount of residual sugars to hold aloft the pronounced flavors of this brew. Overall a very good offering by Central Waters. A very well done example of the barley wine style.
wlajwl (5834) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is strong caramel, toffee, fruit, malts and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is caramel, malts, toffee, fruit, mild/medium nuttiness, a very thick body and a dry and bitter/slightly sour finish.
beerbaaron (1977) - Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 vintage. Pours a nice ruby dark amber. Small wispy tan head, fairly lasting with lace. Bold malty, hoppy aroma. Sweet. Fruity. Dried/overripe fruit, caramel, toffee, sorta candied, resiny hops. Full body. Creamy. Hoppy, resin finish. Enough sweetness to balance. No alcohol to speak of until some light booze towards the end.. Wish the flavor matched complexity and overall character of the aroma. Good but doesn’t completely come together.
MarinEvelyn (823) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is sweet and sugary, sort of like rock candy or something of that sort. Dried fruit, kind of like a date, caramel, malty and hoppy.
Taste is more dark fruit, sweet/sugar, malty.
mcberko (14665) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark cloudy mahogany / amber with a small beige head. Aroma brings out caramel, dark fruits, and candied sugar. Flavour is intensely sweet and boozy, with loads of rich caramel, lots of candied sugar, and all of the 10% (and then some) showing. Lots of residual sweetness and loads of alcohol heat. Not refined or elegant in any way - I have no idea how this has such high ratings. Drinkable in very small portions, but way too sweet for me, and too boozy.