thirdeye11 (5378) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
( 12oz bottle) pours hazy very dark brownish red. Huge head and excellent lacing. Very complex nose of vanilla, caramel, alcohol, crackers, and even chocolate. Taste of light hops, extremely sweet caramel malt, alc, and creamy. My only complaint is that itís a bit syrupy and even for a malthead like myself itís REALLY sweet. Better than not sweet enough though. This is one of my favorite barleywines yet!
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from 12 oz bottle thanks to Andy. Appearance is a rich deep amber with no real head. Aromas are really sweet with cherry, caramel, chocolate, and raisin. Flavors follow the nose closely with the cherry, caramel, chocolate, and raisins. Flavors are very sweet but the mouth finds a way not to be syrupy. An excellent beer.
Kinz (3157) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Secret Santa for this one! Initial smell is fantastic, loads of rich molasses and raisin with a good bit of rum soaked fruit and some vanilla notes. A bit of subdued grapefruit as well. Flavor matched, although not quite as rich as the nose. As it warmed, the alcohol unfortunately came up to the front a bit more, thinning out the flavor considerably and also detracting a bit from the nose. One of the few beers of this nature I can recall that was better cool than after it had some time to breathe and warm up. So the initial enthusiasm is a bit scaled down, but another impressive beer from Dark Horse.
mar (4579) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to dukefan. dark amber with a cream head. nose is dried fruits, sherry, caramel and vanilla. nice thickness with a thick caramel flavor, balanced with dried fruits.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to dukefan. Pours a hazy brown/red with beige head. Aroma hints to sweetness and darkfruit, as well as some malt. Flavor is very sweet with dark fruit and strong, thick caramel. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, pretty nice brew, this one is a sipper...
ilovedarkbeer (2181) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to dukefan. Nose is chocolate chips (semi-sweet baking ones), herbs, and raisins. Taste is raisins, dark caramel syrup, and booze. Medium thick mouthfeel and long somewhat hot finish.
blutt59 (5996) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, thanks to dukefan, orange color with slight foam, very heavy syrupy flavors of fruit, caramel sugar, malts, alcohol is nonexistent, nice bw
Cavie (3630) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of dukefan. Pretty orange and red appearance. Very heavy scent. Aged wood and old fruit on the nose. Heavy aroma as well. Fat taste of aged berries, wood and oak. Not bad; an impressive barley wine.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle: This bottle is probably from around spring 2007. Side note to breweries: quit it with the wax, really. Sure it looks nice, but boy is it a bitch to chip away at when you really are looking forward to a nice beer. Please and thank you. Pours a beautiful brown with a nice and thick off-white head. A great blend of muted hops (grapefruit) and caramelized malts leap from the glass. Slight oxidation adds to the experience. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Lots of initial rind and bitterness hits the tongue, followed by a vast array of flavors - plum, grapes, oranges, peaches, brown sugar, cinnamon, fresh dough, cookies and on and on. Lots of ethery alcohol as well, keeping the tongue, and belly, warm. This one aged beautifully.
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the Bottle at the GABF Colorado Convention Center, Denver 09/10/2008
Fruity aroma. Bronze mid brown coloured and very strong in alcohol with a crisp bitter and slightly dry full malt finish.