DuffMan (6555) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2014, I believe by Ferris. Dark amber, creamy off white head. Big toast and sweet bourbon aroma. Sweet apple bourbon and toffee flavours, moderately bitter. Lovely balance, deep malt structure. Superb.
Scopey (6321) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Jack at THE others tasting. It pours cloudy deep brown with a small light tan head. The nose is dark fruit, jam, sweet over-ripe apple, blackcurrant, caramel, wood, vanilla and toasted coconut. The taste is toast, wood, varnish, cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry, apple brandy, leather, caramel, spice, jam and nice bitter bite with a warming finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and sticky-mouth-feel. Tasty and well-balanced.
phaleslu (6295) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared by DrSilverworm- thanks again, Chris! Pours a cloudy amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of brandy, figs, dates, oak, brown sugar, caramel, and white raisins. Flavor of brandy, pralines, dates, pecans, toasted and caramel malts, and brown sugar. The flavor hits mostly the same notes but is toned down from the nose. Medium-bodied, with a malty, boozy mouthfeel and mellow carbonation. Really good barley wine. I’m going to homer this one up like I’m from Florida.
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle for rating #4500: Deep dark dirty caramel, large foamy beige head, nice lacing. Big malty nose, rich caramel, subtle brandy and barrel aging. Also getting a little dark pitted fruit and candied apples as it warms. Sweet malty start, very warming but not alcoholic or burning. I am amazed for a 13.5% beer. Brandy notes and subtle candied apple or citrus peel on the tongue. Now its getting to be a bit warmer. Not as complex as I would have thought, but its still solid. Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full. This is a big thick English like Barley Wine with a Brandy/Cognac like flair. Despite being in Apple Brandy Barrels, it appears to have more of a candied citrus peel connection. Regardless, a big and bold Barley Wine.
arminjewell (6101) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thick reddish brown pour with thin tan head, aroma is big brandy, sweet sugar notes into some slight tart apple, some red fruits with cherry, hints of oak go into lots of molasses, dark sugars, hints of fig, plum in there as well, almost a dark chocolate note comes through as well. Taste is great, nice balance of big sweet cherry, vanilla, brandy, and oak notes go into a slight yeasty and earthy malt, nice dark fruits come through with a touch of cherry, finishing fairly sweet, slightly oaky. Well done.
mcberko (6047) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, sent from Elliesbrown (thanks a lot, Zack), pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma of various deep dark fruits, apple, a bit of brandy and caramel malts. Flavour of rich caramel malts, apple brandy, deep dark fruits and a bit of candied sugar. Very complex, with a very deep flavour profile. Sweetness is medium, with a high complexity from the apple brandy without the barrels ever taking over. Finishes on notes of apple, brandy and caramel malts. Great stuff, but perhaps not as amazing as the ratings suggests.
DrSilverworm (6035) - 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.
BVery (5991) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bomber. Murky lighter brown pour. Small head. Brandy, wood, apple, grape, sweet. Higher ABV noticeable. Excellent.
drowland (5981) - Valdosta, 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!
BBB63 (5966) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Hopscotch, mucho thanks! Pours a muddy medium brown hue with a quickly fading head and spotty lace. Get plenty of apple brandy on the nose with intense fruit, vanilla, oak and booze along with more than a fair share of caramel and toffee, some bready and leathery esters too. The taste is sweet but not overly sweet thanks to the apple twang and boozy nature of the brew. Earthy and displaying that "CCB tobacco overtone" this beer showcases medium dark malts fully. There is a slight minty note as well. The mouth feel is oily but not as sticky as one may expect, lightly (perhaps even under) carbonated. A bit metallic on the finish. Overall I like this beer more than the scores would indicate and would easily try it again if given the chance.