savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from deftim13, thanks again. Pours a murky rusty amber with a thick, beige head. Aroma of toffee, fruity esters, buttery/butterscotch brandy, oak and bread dough. Flavor is sweetish caramel malt, dates, vanilla, warming brandy and some light oak tannin. Medium body with a soft, oily mouth feel. Wow, this is really nice, seems like a great base beer that blends perfectly with the brandy barrel aging. Excellent Barley Wine.
blipp (6326) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Jamesí tasting. Pours brown with a beige head. Chocolate malt and brandy aroma, with some light bready sweetness. The flavor has chocolate, brown sugar, bread, wood, and bourbon sweetness. Good stuff.
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at a tasting at Jamesí place. Pours a hazed ruby brown amber with a medium beige tan head. Cocoa and chocolate, warm vanilla and wood. Medium to thick body, warm and smooth, a touch of sweetness and a bit of oxidization. Sweet and toasty, warm wood and more vanilla and sweetness. Very nice for a style I donít like much.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from Whole Foods in San Diego I believe. Pours a dark amber color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, bready, bourbon, and wood. Taste is sweet with some head. Medium bodied and sticky texture. Good!
phaleslu (6807) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks again, Blake! Pours a hazy plum brown color with a minimal head but some big beige bubbles on top. Notes of oak, brandy, figs, prunes, brown sugar, caramel, coconut, and honey. Medium-bodied, with a syrupy mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Good BA barleywine.
BARLEYWINEO (106) - Tacoma, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Poured an amber color with good carbonation leaving a light dirty white cap
S: That distinctive toofee, caramel like smell with some pine needles
T/M: Mostly toffee and caramel with some Earthiness and wood. Some pine needles, lightly acidic and a subtle hop bitterness on the end. I really detcted no honey but felt it on the mouthfeel as it kept it sticky sweet and weighed on the tongue a bit.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a hazy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of honey, caramel, oak, raisins, and brandy. Flavor of raisins, brandy, caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar, oak, and vanilla.
jtclockwork (8897) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to peteinSD. Pours muddy brown with tan head. Nose/taste of honey, raspberries, toffee, caramel, brandy, brown sugar, oak and vanilla. Light alcohol in finish. Medium body. Well balanced.
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of dcschiller and peteinSD. Pours murky brown with amber hues and thin off white head. The aroma is smooth malts, smooth oak and caramel as well as light amounts of dark fruity esters. The taste has sweet dark fruity esters quickly sliding into sweet molasses, toffee and smooth subtle sweet bourbon and booze. Behind those notes I get a bit of vanilla and coconut sweetness. This is smooth and yummy with sweet dark fruity esters sending it into the finish.
SudsMcDuff (5934) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottles from Matt and then Jonathon .. . pours a deep tan .. ."4" thatís right .. . deep maple, light barrel, and a touch of oxidation .. . medium mouth .. . muddled but alright .. . . show me your nugget face? thats messed up..