JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by ucusty - thanks, David! Pour was a bit dull, with a flattish body and bright hue. The nose wasn’t bad, with some maple and caramel in there. Waxy and somewhat thin palate. Lots of booze in the flavor, with somewhat predictable peat and molasses to give shape to the malts. Meh.
Nekronos (3954) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JAN 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally got it. NOt as big as I thought, got me really pissed but happy. It was sweet and strong at the same time.
LilBeerDoctor (3663) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a clear brown with a very small head. Aroma of vegetal notes, prunes, and raisins. Flavor is equally vegetal and gross and rather boozy (although apparently I am the only one to dislike this beer so much...oh well).
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Papago. Poured a clear dark orange color with an off white head. Smelled of pear, apple, grain alcohol, and flower blossom. Medium bodied, probably lightened up by the hefty alcohol presence. Moderately bitter and bone dry with a warming alcohol effect reminiscent of a nice peaty scotch. Very woody flavor with a tobacco accent. The flesh fruits in the aroma did not come out in the flavor. Interesting and unlike any barleywine Ive ever tasted.
beerbill (3599) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by notalush. Pours a lovely reddish amber. Weak aroma of caramel, maple syrup, and toast. The flavor seems a bit masked by alcohol to me with caramel, brown sugar, toast and some smokiness also present, but not enough to overcome the alcohol flavor. The sugary sweetness and the alcohol compete and never really unify. I realize that most people have rated this beer much higher; I guess it just wasn’t my thing.
DYCSoccer17 (3590) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blind rating at New Year’s Eve Blind Barleywine tasting. 5 ounce sample. Bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. The bottle was about a year old. Vinous, slightly metallic, and a little fruity in the nose. Some citrus and scant booze is also present. Transparent amber body with a decent tan head and really nice lacing. Light astringent tartness to start, but it then becomes chewy, sweet, and caramelly in the middle. Finishes with a nice sweetness. I am really digging the chewy, caramel notes in the body of this. The ethanol is well-hidden. Unfortunately, the astringency to start is a little wack. Otherwise, this is a really solid beer.
smith4498 (3454) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. Pours cloudy dark reddish brown color with tan head. Aromas of molasses and dark fruits. Big sweet flavors of caramel, molasses, raisins and figs. Alcohol is well hidden. The best beer I have ever had from Mexico. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Thanks Craig.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. shared by miketd at dlday....poured an amber brown with a thin off-white head... caramel malt, dark fruit, and a fair bit of smoke in the nose... smoke and tobacco along with sweet caramel malt flavorwise. almost had some smokey tequila resemblance in some sips. very different and unique spin on a barleywine.
WeeHeavySD (3365) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Draft at O’Briens. Served in a pint glass and yes it took me a while to drink. Poured reddish brown witha small head. The nose had some sweet dried fruit in it. The taste was bitter and sweet, with hints of dried fruit. Honestly I thought this was only decent, it wasn’t bad nor was it amazing.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml. Pours a dark and lightly hazy blood red color. A small, foamy, khaki colored head settles to a thin film, leaving scattered, spotty lacing on the glass. The nose is pretty true to the English barleywine style, caramel and nougat driven, with notes of light toffee and dark fruit. Mild earthy and floral hops lend nice balance. Flavors mirror the nose, rich and malty with loads of toffee and caramel. Mild cocoa roast and earthy hops keep the sweetness in check. The mouthfeel is pretty solid, substantial without being cloying and balanced on the tongue. Damn solid brew. About 110% better than your average Mexican beer.