adnielsen (9814) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ CKBC. 8 oz pour. Hazy amber brown appearance with a cream colored head. Served at 1 kelvin, so had to let it warm a while. Surprisingly, it did not possess any real booze in the nose but did have a floral hoppy element with a sweet caramel malts and some dark fruits. There’s a fairly rich caramel malty, toffee element in the flavor along with a floral, lightly soapy happiness and some fruity elements. Honestly it was extremely smooth for the abv but I didn’t get a ton of flavor. Nice offering overall.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery in Denver, CO. Pours a murky, deeper brown colored body with a mahogany tint. Finger-width, very dense, frothy and creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is fairly sweet with molasses, slightly chewy caramels, raisins, figs, and a light earth. Flavor is similar. Lots of raisin, molasses, slightly chewy caramels, and figs with a nice earth to balance. Finishes dry, but smooth and sweet with a moderate bitterness. Just a light heat comes in during a lengthy aftertaste following a very smooth and soft, slightly chewy, medium-full body with a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really nice barley wine. On the sweeter side, but very soft and smooth with a pretty firm bitterness to keep things balanced. Solid.
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, very murky and hazy brown pour with thin off white head, aroma has notes of big molasses, dark fruits, toffee and caramel, slight earth and spice, hints of sweet fruit as well but this smells pretty nice, though a bit hot. Taste is a nice mix of molasses, burnt sugars, toffee, hints of caramel and dark fruits, some green raisin and fig, hints of slight fruity notes, finishing fairly sweet.
notalush (5222) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served in a plastic pint glass during their anniversary party - not exactly the best serving vessel or size for a beer like this, but whatever I guess; I just got a pint of 13% barley wine for 5 bucks, so I guess I won’t complain - turbid dark amber - thick, frothy off-white head - nose of raisin, fig, vanilla, rum, woody notes, light esters - low carbonation, medium body - flavor is a hybrid of British and American barleywine - quite a bit of toffee, caramel, fruity esters, raisin, vanilla, damp wood - moderate spicy hop profile - light oxidation - a fair amount of alcohol heat in the finish, but not overpowering - needs another year on it to mellow out and perhaps develop a little sherry character, but pretty good as it is now - just rough around the edges.
onceblind (5156) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky dark copper with a thin beige head. Aroma of rich dry fruits, cherry, raisin, chewy light toffee, a slight bit of bubblegum, Sweet brown sugar, and a touch of bourbon. Taste was immaculate. Huge mouthfeel, a real palate killer but delightful in every way. Huge malty sweetness with raisin and cherry, a slight bubblegum ester, big cake like sweetness, a little brown sugar, roasted caramel, chewy toffee, a little rum/bourbon notes, and some gentle earthiness. This is how a barleywine should taste.