ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - JUL 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks to Adam!
Aroma: big toffee and dark caramel up front, nice dose of brandy, a faint hint of oak, rich malt and some sweetness, cocoa and dark fruit, very nice.
Appearance: copper-light brown pour, thin tan head that’s fairly short lived.
Flavor: rich caramel, toast and biscuit, some chocolate and plenty of toffee. Definitely somewhat sweet, but well balanced with warming alcohol and a bit of bitterness. Slightly nutty, a touch of roast, brandy is displayed nicely - sweetness and some spicy alcohol, noticeable apple note.
Palate: full body, low-med carbonation, smooth, great finish - on the malty/sweet side.
Overall: great brew, well balanced between malt, sweetness, and barrel/spirits.
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by nulledge during RBWG and during the epic BA barleywine tasting (6/29/13). Amber pour with a small khaki head. Rich toffee in the aroma with caramel, sweet brandy, grapes, and light nuttiness. Rich flavor with plenty of BA, sweet brandy, vanilla, toffee, light nuttiness, and burnt caramel. Tasty!
SHIG (4675) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUL 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by GoT: Poured a black with red hint, the head was light brown. Aroma was strong alcohol, dark fruits, brandy booziness. Taste is strong with booziness, sweet sticky vanilla/toffee, fruit, malts. Although high alcohol is present it has a nice balance.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle via trade. pours a dusky, hazy, deep copper that’s capped by a thin but creamy khaki head leaving sticky rings of lace on the glass. aroma is simply stellar with heavy notes of fresh cut oak, baked apple pie, vanilla creme, and toffee pralines backed by unique hints of tropical florals, perfume, glaced pineapple, cotton candy, and orange julius. flavor is is more traditional but nothing short of spectacular with sweet toffee, caramel pecans, vanilla, and rich oak backed by subtly tart dark fruits, warming brandy, cocoa, and just a touch of the tropical fruit from the aroma coming through late. palate is rich, full bodied, and delicately carbonated with a lingering finish of dark fruit, toffee, and brandy. overall, a stellar effort from CCB.
Theydon_Bois (17251) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Endo’s house, 25/05/13, thanks to Jason for liberating this one from source.
Hazed mahogony brown with no head.
Nose is dark toffee, wood, booze, sugars, dark fruits, dates, brandy notes, treacle toffee.
Taste comprises booze steeped dark fruits, brown sugars, woody tones, dates, prunes, boozey sticky toffee pudding.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the finish.
A complex barley wine that is well balanced, the brandy is pretty subtle, decent stuff!
50belair (3427) - Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Tony. Brown pour with a tan head. Apple brandy nose. Sweet and boozy with loads of rich caramel malts, dark fruits, and brandy. The body seems a little thinner in this variant. Good mouthfeel and balance.
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
5 ounce pour on tap at Dark Lord Day. Aroma of smoked walnuts dipped in rye whiskey, boozed-up caramel corn. Appearance is black tint, oily, moderate viscosity, brown head. Taste includes sweet fruit, alcohol, wood-aged dimensions if depth, soothingly complex with deep flavors you can pick off one at a time: vanilla, oak, barley, caramel, and coffee. Palate is medium bodied and balanced. Overall: good not excellent.
beerbaaron (1982) - Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Dark brown/walnut. Small brown ring of foam. Motor oil slick. Dark fruity, sugary, sweet, alcohol/brandy/aged, wood. Clean and smooth. Slightly syrupy. Fantastic sipper.
MikeJslc (778) - USA - APR 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown, hazy, beige head. Huge chewy beer with toffee, brown sugar, bread crusts, raisins, licorice, tobacco, oak, brandy. Lots going on here. Great beer.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, bottled 9/7/12. Shared with the local group. Hazy brown, slightly amber-red color. Thin khaki head. Good spread of dotty lace. Big complex aroma. Caramel, wood, lightly spice, light bright fruit notes. Awesome creamy smooth texture, light carbonation. Not hot at all. Flavor carries the alcohol. Minimal warmth, just a hint of a bite in the finish. Sweeter taste, lightly spicy, pretty rich and decadent, though. Great barley wine.