changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2013 Grabbed a bottle of this while in Tulsa on business. Bottle # 533/1534. The pour is a murky brown color with a thin fluffy tan head developing on top. Some spotty lacing slides along the glass after each sip. The oak is strong in the scent with noticeable caramel and fruity notes of plum and funky cherry. There’s definitely some fruity tartness to the flavor as well with some funky yeast notes. The malts are sweet but also a bit toasty here too. It’s a bit prickly on the palate with some grapey vinous notes helping that along. Surprisingly, the oak is much more subtle in the flavor than it is in the aroma. In short, a slightly funky and tart beer with a Barleywine base. Somewhat odd at times but a good, fun beer.
djd07 (10553) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Rick, pours a brown with paperthin white head thjat diminishes to nothing. Aroma is raisin malt and caramel. Thin mouthfeel with light brown sugar, rich chocolate and caramel. Very nice.
jbruner (4117) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 0002 of 1524. Pours a hazy copper with thin tan head that leaves light lace. Aroma is big sweet malts over hint of funk and woody must. Taste is like a nice barley wine with a touch of sweet and sour. Interesting, might develop more in the bottle, but to me is mostly barley wine right now.
TXBadger (2565) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a brown color with off-white head. Dark fruits, oak wood, and some spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a tartness that is unique to this barleywine, usually they finish sweet.
Ferris (12927) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - Vintage 2012 - Vinous, plums, caramel and barrel notes. Tons of barrel notes, plum and dark fruit. Very little of the richness I expected.
deyholla (10216) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Tapwerks. Pours a clear hazy amber brown with a gray head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has tons of sweet grains and caramel with sweet bourbon, booze and a touch of vanilla. Flavor has a much more sweet grain present with some toffee, caramel, bourbon and even a faint tartness underlying.
nearbeer (4925) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Hazy deep copper with a few bubbles. Aroma is cherry liqueur, oak and toffee. Taste is caramel, lightly tart cherry, oak and a nice dash of vanilla whiskeyness. Medium body has low carbonation and is sweetish, as per the English Barleywine style, but balanced well by the oak and hint of tartness.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml served into a snifter
2012 bottle 1175/1524
A - A semi hard pour reveals a dark mahogany body with 2 fingers of creamy white. Head sinks into a wispy top. A few specks of lacing drooping from the snifter.
S - Rich butterscotch, dried candied peaches, toasted/burnt sugar, creamy vanilla, woody alcohol vapors, toasted nuts, caramel apples, stewed cherries.
T - Rich caramel/butterscotch surround by a tart edge of plums, grapes, and green apple skins, and stewed cherries. The acidity cuts through the burnt caramel malt. Creamy vanilla runs along side faint wood notes with a nutty bitterness.
M - Medium full creamy body, solid carbonation that lasts
Lots going on here. Intoxicating aroma, the tartness really blends well and adds a synergistic character. Barrel flavors are present but not overpowering. I’ve had this a few times before and didn’t like it as much as I do tonight. Maybe a few months did the bottle good. I want to pick up another bottle of this to age.
Serving type: bottle
TheHOFF43 (2044) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by a random guy at Toppling Goliath. Pours a hazy weird brown, lots of caramel, malts and toffee on the aroma. Tons of booze on the tongue, some dark fruits. Pretty average beer.
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky dark amber color with lasting light tan head. Rich caramel, vanilla, dark raison, dark fruit aromas. medium body with soft co2. Very tasty sweet n spicy caramel, vanilla, dark raison flavors with some drying, tart dark fruitage to balance---very good sheet.
onceblind (7496) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
At Avery Strong Ale Fest 2013--murky dark copper with a small foamy beige head. Nose was a little quiet but was full of woody earthy nutty toffee. Flavor is nearly cloying sweet with grainy malty toffee, earthy wood tones, and a small touch of bourbon and fruit. Just muddled.