hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Huge aroma of brown sugar, nuts, cherries, burnt candy, leather and alcohol. Also some yeast esters that remind me of a hint of bubblegum. Very aromatic.
Sparkling amber in color with a thin head that fades.
Sweet and rough are two adjectives I think of to describe the taste. Lots of caramel malt and lots of alcohol, but it is pleasant. There is a bit of distracting papery, leathery oxidation... but this is a pretty old bottle. It was given to me by someone from Michigan at the first Milwaukee YeHaw! gathering at MrFactoís place (2005?). Good times.
Body is full, finish is sweet and warming.
jkwalking05 (4185) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to dukefan. Copper red with a smalloff-white head. Aroma is heavy in toffee with caramel, malt, and vanilla. Taste is of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar.
travita (4375) - Frisco, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to dukefan. The smell is caramel, malts sweet, toffee, and nice. The taste is about the same as the smell. The look is clear, amber colored, beige colored head.
Kevin (2154) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. my bottle has "barley wine" instead of old ale on the label, but iím assuming itís the same beer from looking at the brewers website and searching here. a true and honest bastard to open. almost threw the sumbitch against the wall. but once i was into fort knox i could smell the sweet fruit and raisin before i poured this. christ this is smelling hot, and there is more than a little chocolate tthere too. well, the phillies just scored. damnit. sticky sweet at first. takes a few sips to get past that. sure is an ugly looking one, murky dark tea and slurry i like it. . caramel notes are strong, sweet boozey fruit flavors and just a bit of the chocolate in the finish. jesus, jimenez, throw a fucking strike, you donít need another in the fucking dirt.. fuck me running, another run. strawberry poptart flavor(with frosting) is getting more dominant as this warms. had to be a fielding error, single with error advancing runner to 2nd should be how they score that. but the run should count against the pitcher. kind of a minty hop note working the roof of my mouth. a bit of orange marmalade going on this too. wonder how old this is.? love a good run down on the basepaths. hot and sweet from beginning to end.
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SrSilliGose (3309) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2009 Another Fucking awesome beer from BBB63. First edition. 2003? ***please send me beers so i can send them to Mike*** Notes of raisin, sherry, nose warming booze. This beer is tight. Very smooth. overwealmed. still has more good years on it. Thanks Mike!
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to dukefan. Dark brown hazy pour with soapy head. Aroma is caramel, mild hops, bread, raisins. Flavor is caramel, dark fruits. Syrupy.
thirdeye11 (5772) - 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 (1519) - 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 (3506) - 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 (5011) - 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.