jcwattsrugger (10935) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@Pilsner Petes East Coast Gathering-750ml bottle–pours a disappearing light tan head and amber color. Aroma is light brown sugar, dark fruit-raisin, sweet. Tastis resin hops bite, light brown sugar, dark fruit-raisin, sweet. Nice once I got past the surprise that the taste was much different than the nose. Thanks eyedrinkale for sharing.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red amber with a medium sized, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, oxidation, caramel malts, nuts, citrus, toast, floral hops, and alcohol. Taste of pine, citrus, dark fruits, vanilla, tobacco, caramel malts, and alcohol in the finish.
brokensail (9852) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a copper color with a small tan head. Sweet and fruity on the nose with plenty of caramel, sugar, and toffee. A light toastiness, some floral hops, and a hint of alcohol. The flavor has a mild bitterness, alcohol, and lots of malt notes. Some toasted bread, caramel, and toffee notes. A light fruitiness to the beer, which I find enjoyable. Not bad, but not my favorite either.
anders37 (15300) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel and dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty caramel finish.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks by ucusty. Thanks, David! Deep clear amber pour with light yellow head. Sweet but astringent aroma; a bit boozy. Slightly peaty and smoky. This seemed like an imperial Scotch ale in a lot of respects. Lots more malt than hop presence. Disappointing.
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy dark amber color; small creamy head. A lot of caramel, with medium sweetness; it’s somewhere between a strong Amber Ale, a Doppelbock and a Strong American Ale; alcoholic; powerful but without directions. Pleasant but confusing.
kramer (4573) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
25 oz bottle, via WeeHeavySD. Pours a clear dark copper body with a small frothy beige head that faded to a wispy film. The nose is super heavy caramel and toffee maltiness with light alcohol and moderate resiny hops. The flavor is pretty one dimensional as Barley Wines go, tons and tons of toffee and brown sugar maltiness. Finishes with a bit of resiny hops and alcohol. A little bit harsh on the back end. Full and thick body with a little clinginess and light soft carbonation that doesn’t cut through the heaviness too well. Worth a try, but not something I’d seek out again.
markwise (4177) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks IBrew2or3 for the share. An English Style Barley Wine from Mexico enjoyed in Florida. That is right up his alley. Pours brown with a white head. Nose is caramel, brandy, booze, and raisin with a bit of hops. Flavor is similar with raisins, brandy, malt, and some hops dominant. Interesting, medium-bodied barleywine.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2008 750ml Bottle; Sampled October 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, richly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber / red color that shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry-red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of caramel coated hazel nuts and concentrated dried fruit laden holiday sweet breads. Some light herbal notes in the finish hint at once more present hop aromas and there is a light, almost caramelized / candied citrus character barely noticeable in the finish (this was clearly never an overly aggressively hopped Barley Wine though). At off angles this beer does pick up a solid menthol and herbaceous hop character, though this can be somewhat fleeting. Notes of something like allspice, intermingle with a really rich, toasted maltiness that has aged into a really nice nutty quality. The aroma is actually somewhat muted for what I would expect from a Barley Wine, but it is really nice and complex.
Thick and rich feeling as it hits my tongue, it has a light’ish sweetness that is mostly caramelized up front, but it finishes with a really unexpected, phenolic smokiness. I don’t think the smokiness was intended here, but it is just harsh enough that it could be from Peat-smoked malt, but my guess is that something else has taken hold here. The smokiness leans a bit towards plastic at times, though it is not so strong that it dominates everything in this beer. This has a nice, light herbal character here; somewhat grassy, not really quite menthol like, with the aged malt it really sort of reminds me of tobacco and perhaps some leather notes. There is a fairly solid bitterness here, but this is clearly a malt accented beer as this is what dominates the finish and palate; the beer clings to the palate long after each sip with a rich caramelized heft and this is clearly a sipping, contemplative brew.
A bit weird in the end; the smoky plastic character is definitely a bit out of place and it might explain why the aroma was a bit more muted than I expected. Still this is actually fairly enjoyable & even the smokiness adds something at times.
GodOfThunder (1243) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks be to the Cheeseman. Strong malt. Deep amber color. Nice roast in the flavor. Nice finish.