alassio (72) - 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).
slowrunner77 (5975) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"lots of fruit and spicy hops in the flavor. some of the same in the aroma with some toffee like scents as well. prickly feel, on the sweet side, but quite good. the barreled version, though, was fantastic."
cards04 (1805) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great barley wine. Aromas and flavors mimic each other. Bread, caramel, grains, dried fruit, a nice long lasting hoppy finish. This is really delicious.
Dfonorow (1512) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour is dark orange/brown with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor of burnt caramel, wood, darker fruits, sweet malt, dried fruit, and booze. Finish is sweet and boozy with a slight hop kick.
GT2 (8509) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
> Imperial red ale type of hoppy, minty barleywine
[ Bottle ][ 12oz ][ motorheadtodd ][ Trade ][ Hotel Room Garbage Glass ][ 8.16.14 ]
>> Clear red pour, large rocky tan foam. Nose is cherry, minty, orange potpourri. Taste is chocolate and quite kettle hoppy, imperial red ale type. Very bitter...a piney East Coast DIPA turned barleywine. Nice enough.
cpetrone84 (1448) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is a hazy dark chestnut with a very tight tan head. Nose is heavy caramel malt and pungent crystal malt with a fair bit of cardboard like oxidation. Taste follows suit, heavy dry caramel, very sticky, a bit of crystal malt and a good bit of cardboard oxidation in back with a hint of green apple skin. Full bodied and chewy, prickly feel and well carbonated.
blklab2007 (1984) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle vintage 2013 on the side recently delivered to my beer store. Pour has a brown color and a thin coating of tan head. Aroma has sweet malt, aged hops, resins, and caramel. Mouth feel is medium and the carbonation a bit low. Flavor again has substantial malt, caramel sweetness, aged hops, light bitterness, and a touch of pine. This is good as far as aged barley wine goes but why age it at the brewery for a year before releasing it?
nakedwhendrunk (2196) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reviewed from notes. Rcvd in trade.
This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown to black color with half finger-ed off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. There was some nice light lacing sticking finely to the glass.
The smell had a nice blend of sweet and roasty caramels, toffee, chocolates, light breadiness, and coffee beans combining wonderfully.
The taste took those flavors and combined them extremely well.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium to heavy on the body (of course when I had this, it was only two months old). Yup, sure was a sipper -no doubt about that.
Overall, this was an extremely wonderful Barleywine well worth my time in having on a cold Alaskan night.
jkwood04 (4035) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz 2012 bottle in a tulip. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Aroma of caramel and toffee and light nuttiness, some light bitter notes, and dough and grains. Flavor the same. Smoother texture. A decent barley wine, but not as good as the BA version.
daknole (9225) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium brown in color, very light brown head. Lots of caramel, some dates, hints of brown sugar and honey. This is pretty decent overall.
kkleu357 (313) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried a glass of the Y2K and a glass of the BBBW at the brewery. Both are great. I think I prefer the BBBW version more, but the regular Y2K is much easier to drink and you notice the sweetness more. Very sweet bread like aroma. Taste is very smooth, lots of sweetness, some caramel notes, some fruit. Overall, a great beer.