alassio (70) - USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a beer for special occasions. The special occasion should be: if you are ready for gonzo, break-the-bank, beam-me-up-scotty, in-your-face, hoist-me-up-by-the-trousers, maniacal madness. For me, that would be about seven times a day, but I can only handle ONE of these units. Absolutely face-smacking, palate-whacking, Rome-sacking, brain-hijacking cracker jack. Dense. Like drinking an entire enchanted forest, with last year’s leaves, and all sundry tree bark shavings included (all of it put in a mash tun and brewed till properly condensed).
TXBadger (174) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
For being 10%, this one is smooth and sneaky. Nice amber color on this, malty and roasty. Caramel, light fruit, and a hint of fig come through on this one.
Maarten1993 (200) - - APR 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drank with Thijs at easter evening. Looks and smells really good. Nice golden brown beer with yellow foam. Carbonation is not so present in the taste, which starts nice and sweet, rich, but ends with an unpleasant, slightly weird bitterness.
GranvilleTim (1459) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber pour with a tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, light fruit. Taste is light fruit, alcohol, caramel, little creamy. I listed to Grateful Dead’s Cosmic Charlie as I drank this- no influence on the rating just 2 enjoyable pleasures shared.
BrewHaMeister (103) - - APR 17, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle pours like an Irish Red with a medium off white head. Aromas of toffee, fruit, and malt. Flavor is malt heavy with alcohol notes. Not bad.
bytemesis (2610) - 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 (496) - 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 (455) - 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 (1663) - 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 (2958) - 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 (1422) - 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.