hopdog (8444) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis. Poured a deeper and hazy copperish color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of raisins, plums, caramel, citrus, grapes and had a peaty/earthiness to it. Very nice aroma. Tastes of dark fruits, brown sugar, some citrus and caramel. Somewhat vinous. Medium alcohol presence. Over carbonated body.
jgb9348 (4437) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich deep dark brown coloured body with a single centimetre tall tan head and a nice bit of suspended particles/yeast noticeable. Aroma of pit fruits, strong toasted malt, nuts, earth, caramel and quite a bit of toffee - nice and not too pungent of alcohol notes. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong earthy flavour with a subdued sweetness, a good bit of alcohol and toasted malt and some light oak and spices. Aftertaste shows a pleasant mix of dry oak, vanilla, toffee, yeast and some light earthy notes. Overall, a good relatively mild barley wine that shows it’s age nicely and doesn’t come across to bitter - but has some good complexity and a smooth sweetness. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Ramsey Liqours in Ramsey, New Jersey on 22-February-2013 for US$10.49 sampled at home in Washington on 01-March-2014.
2012/2013 Bottle? [65cL @ 9%ABV] // Bought in February 2013 // Drank in March 2014
alexsdad06 (4349) - Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared with the group. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have a sw eet caramel malt base with herbal and citrus hops, some earthy notes too. Good bitterness to the finish. Some toffee and wood there too. I liked this even though I usually lean more toward English barley wines.
annunz123 (797) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Biscuits, raisins, caramel, and a fair amount of alcohol in the aroma. Malty and somewhat sweet flavor. Drying alcohol and a little smoke in a somewhat harsh finish. I’ve really liked most of Cisco’s big beers. This was decent but a little disappointing.
Headbanger (2861) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle 11/1/13 (Binny’s Naperville)-50° in Snifter-Pours murky brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted caramel, dried fruit, malt, and fruity. Taste of the same with a bit of alcohol along with more sweetness. This full bodied brew is not bad but a bit weaker than other BW’s I have had.
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Capones .Pours a hazy deep brownish amber color with a thick, creamy, lasting, tan head. Aroma is very malty, fruity with loads of esters and alcohol. Taste is malty, but not really sweet, with toasty bread, hints of caramel, candied-fruit cake and pineapple. Loads of alcohol warmth. Full bodied with too much carbonation.
DrSilverworm (4732) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, shared by alexsdad06. Somewhat of a more clear orange amber color, made hazy with lots of fine particles in the body. Thin off-white head with good retention. Loose ropes of lace. Orange and pepper in the nose. Light caramel malt. Bigger body. Smooth, soft carbonation. Lightly dry texture. Moderate bitter taste, light sweet. Light bit of alcohol heat in the finish, but it’s not bad for 12%. Good spicy, hoppy flavor. Some red fruit, light caramel malt, burnt sugars. Tasty, complex, more bitter and assertive barleywine.
Ibrew2or3 (6438) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It glug glugs out of the high shoulder 750mL bottle pouring with a clear amber to copper body that supports a two minute long dirty white head. The aroma offers up plums and smooth muted sweet cherries covered in a sweet syrup with a bit of vague pine like hops in the background. At the end of the draw is the expected bit of boozy heat to the nose. The taste is smooth and largely sweet with dark fruity esters. I get plum juice, cherries and dates with thin ribbons of sweet malts and molasses. This is a really nice smooth sipper.
blklab2007 (1859) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured an orange amber color with a thin cap of white had that fell right off. Aroma has sticky malt, aged hops, perfume, caramel, and some oxidation. Mouth feel is medium and the carbonation medium low. Flavor is again rich on the malt, perfume, some sweetness, oxidized hops, and a smack of heat.
Mora2000 (5306) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange-amber with a white head. Aroma is brown sugar, pine and toffee. Flavor is brown sugar, pine, toffee, caramel, maple and a good dose of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Imaena (1689) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. This is not the best of the barley wines out there. But if you are at Logan this is the best BW in the airport.