DrSilverworm (7211) - 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.
Ibrew2or3 (7158) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to markwise for shipping me this 75cl bottle so that I can share it with 77ships, sebletitje and adamjackson and also with some of the Delirium Hoppy Loft staff (the day after Cigar City head brewer Wayne was here and luckily didn’t have a Leon with him to share as well). The 75cl bottle pours murky amber with a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up rich notes of brown sugar coated prunes and ripe red apples as well as caramel sweetness mixing with booze and Brandy. The taste is rich and deep with brown sugar notes, a pleasing kettle like caramelization, prunes and sweet earthy dates. It then moves into smooth sweet boozy Brandy notes and some barrel character. The whole beer comes together to attain an amazing Barrel Aged English style Barleywine experience. Another terrific sipper for sure. Love it.
DuffMan (7138) - 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.
BVery (7103) - 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.
sebletitje (6969) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl courtesy of and split with Ibrew2or3, cheers Dave!
Couleur brune foncée, col beige fin ne laissant pas trop de mousse, le tout présente une pellicule dorée sur les rebords du verre.
Arôme est dans la lignée des barley, pas mal de malt, grillé, caramel et grillé avec un traitement de Apple Brandy conséquent.
Palais offre un profil malté généreux, malt caramel, sucré allant vers le biscuité avec un palais impressionnant de Apple Brandy laissant filtré une fine onctuosité de pomme et d’alcool réchauffant le tout couplé à un boisé subtile. Palais garde une pointe de picotement en fin de bouche qui reste elle aussi dans les tons caramel-sucré tirant vers la mélasse. Pas mal, mais au-delà de l’effet barrique, ce barley reste dans la lignée des gros barley américains.
phaleslu (6905) - 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.
arminjewell (6751) - Los Angeles, California, 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.
douglas88 (6477) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle thanks to JW77! Brought and shared at the big Christmas tasting. Pours a murky brown color with a small tan head. A huge boozy sweet nose with oak and massive Brandy/grapes. The flavor ultimately comes in as a huge amount of big flavors and light warmth: caramel, grapes, sugary sweet with loads of brown sugar, bread, fruitcake. A thin but appropriate palate. The barrel is there throughout and melds well with the base beer, lots of character. Awesome!
5000 (6299) - 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.
drowland (6257) - 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!