arminjewell (6414) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, side by side with the Cognac version, Darkness Day 2012. Dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of dark cocoa, roast, coffee, some slight earthy tones, into lots of dark fruits, figs, plums into molasses, toffee, very rich. Taste is a mix of rich dark fruits, dark cocoa, lots of fig, raisin, plum, hints of earth, some slight booze but not bad, finishing sweet, slightly spicy. The BA one beat this one, but this is a very tasty beer on its own.
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Caramel with a bit of toffee. Boozy with just a hint of dank hops. Very good.
olr1984 (1138) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Dr. Bills tasting at falling rock 750ml bottle pours a deep brown with tan head. Dark fruit fig and oak taste. Caramel And dark fruit taste
railcat1 (689) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap this has a nice rich caramel malt aroma and flavor,it pours a light to medium brown with small tan head and is heavy on the malts and alcohol with a lot of bitters to it.This one should sit for about a year and then it would bring down the heat and be better.CHEERS!
SrSilliGose (3269) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bootle. big and rich and sweet caramal and brown sugar. big. kinda sticky. some raisin and date. okay in small doses.
Ernesto987 (3910) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle, thanks to collin! this one was actually good, enough hops to not make it a diabeetus bomb which I have very happy about, this is a great american barleywine
sunevdj (3271) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Pours a clear tawny with a beige head. Quite sweet with some bitterness. Malty aromas wtih some aromas of coco nut and dried fruits. Hints of toffee. Also aromas of alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Soft carbonation. Dry finish.
ineedbeer (881) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma has a nice rich caramel malt aroma with some toffee and treacle. Some faint smokiness is also present in the aroma. Dried fruit is light but present with raisin being lost prevalent.
Pours light brown with some burnt amber and a small but persistent light tan head. Very faint lacing with a medium sized head.
Flavor is fairly malty with lots of caramel and some dark fruit. The bitterness is a bit strong and slightly harsh and the alcohol spice is also over powering.
Mouthfeel is medium full to full bodies with medium carbonation. Medium astringency and moderate alcohol heat.
Overall the beer is decent but it's a but hot with a rather one dimensional malt character. The hop bitterness is a bit unpleasant as well.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle) cloudy deep brown pour, soapy medium tan head. Nose of raisins, sweet malt, dark fruit, rich caramel, light oxidation, cream, Light hops, so well balanced and rich. Taste of rich caramel, cream, raisins, light oxidation that I like, Slightly bitter hops, creamy body, easy to drink, no real hint of ABV.
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 400th Barleywine rating celebrated here by tasting yet another Cigar City beauty.
Opened at the annual Black Friday Tasting. Ok, what is this mess? 750mL pours up with a clear amber body with sort of light brown edges and supporting a thin tan head of foam. The aroma offers up a pleasing and inviting mix of prunes, earthy dates, sweet malt infused molasses, brown sugar and then a sense of booze at the end of the draw. Smells of a wonderful English style barleywine. The taste is smooth and rich and drool inducing (not sure anyone noticed my drool just now). I get brown sugar covered earthy dates, prunes, molasses and smooth sweet booze soaked brown sugar. Rich pure yumminess. Grade A+ English style barleywine. Damn fine beer. This needs to be made again and a keg (nah) a palate of kegs shipped to my house.
So most ratings below 4.0 so far. Shows you how many people drink far too little barleywine to know an amazing one when they taste it.