wchesser (1807) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Original batch 2011 enjoyed in March, 2016. Slightly cloudy caramel brown. Nose is spot on barley wine, with rich toffee and caramel, turbinado sugar, and some light cardboard oxidation at this point. Probably past itís peak but still very enjoyable. Flavor is sweet but not cloying and flavor follows nose. Donít get any of the orange blossom honey per se, but barrel character lends light vanilla and oak.
bhensonb (13610) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours a rather opaque brown with a slight, transient tan head. Aroma of treacle and brown sugar (oxymoron?) with some medium dark fruits. Near full bodied. Flavor is ripe for oxidation - might take a few years. Itís treacle, date/raisin, oak. Thereís a brandy suggestion. Thereís no real heat impact. Itís nowhere near bitter; itís pretty far from dry. To some extent it resembles aged Fullerís Vintage Ale. This is a good beer to wrap around oneself.
alexsdad06 (8234) - Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle shared with drsordr. Pours a hazy copper brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, brandy, booze, dark fruits, some wood, big honey character, almost mead like, caramel, toffee, a hint of spice, I wonder what this was like fresh.
drsordr (2092) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour hazy brown copper with thin off white head. Nose boozy honey. Almost like a barrel aged mead. Honey, sweet malt, hint of brandy. Taste starts with bready then honey. Mid palate light bitterness, then more caramel, toffee, and hint of brandy. If I really think about it, maybe a hint of tannin.
jackl (6737) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ RBWG on the Brewbus. Cheers to whoever shared this! Amber pour with a tight off-white head. Brown sugar and sweet candied red fruits. Pretty jammy. Some grape fruit rollups. Toffee and caramel, glazed donut. A touch of boozy heat. Flavor is hot and sweet. Sugary rich cereal graininess. Toasty. A bit of hot wood. Some dark red fruits dipped in caramel. Thick and flabby, oily. Pretty solid, but a bit hot, muscular.
Theydon_Bois (15945) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle during RBWG Booze Buse 20/02/15 thanks to whomever supplied this juan.
Murky chestnut brown with a decent beige covering.
Nose is rich malt, dark fruit shreds, booze fumes, barrel notes, spice, dates.
Taste comprises fruit cake, toffee, dates, figgy jam, light spice, toasted brown sugar, hint of oxidisation creeping in.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the close.
Decent BA BW but perhaps starting to wain a little now.
Art (2923) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from FBW 2014. Shared at BA tasting. Clear dark Amber pour. No head. Aroma of vanilla, toffee, caramel, dark fruits. Taste is sweet and boozy. Medium body and light carb.
GenDV138 (5231) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle on the Brew Bus during the RBWG 2015 bus tour. Hazy brown with off-white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, brandy. Tastes of brandy, oak, caramel, butterscotch, booze. Medium body with a dry finish.
Sledutah (6750) - Utah, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared on the RBWG brew bus
Cloudy amber with a medium sized off-white head, some lacing. Aroma of caramel and woody. Flavors of caramel, woody, vanilla and leather
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, tasted during RBWG bus tour. Towards the end of the bottle. Totally hazy red brown color. Thin off-wnite head, leaving decent bits of lace. Bigger body. More full feel. Smooth, kind of soft lighter carbonation, sort of creamy and slick. Moderate sweet taste. Mild oxidization. Light bitter, mild warmth. Caramel, some barrel character, kind of spicy woody touch of apple. An alright barleywine.