Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to styles! Pour was a deep, sparkly ruby with a ring and a spattering of off-white head. Huge aroma with dark fruits and raspberries, grassy hoppage and caramel... but the big, mean alcohol lurking in there almost washed the rest of the nose away. First impression on the tastebuds was tart raspberries and bright alcohol. Caramel and dark fruity sweetness follow, along with some herbal/grassy hoppage. The alcohol never lets you forget that it’s there. Finish lasted a while, with dark berries and booze... mild herbal bitterness. Tart and bitter from the fruit and alcohol on the palate, yet there was enough malt presence to balance things out and provide a nice distribution of flavors. Warming and intoxicating going down. Good young... looking forward to seeing if greatness ensues with age!
crossovert (6927) - Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2013
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Sour version. Completely flat. Probably a batch gone wrong at the brewery. It is acetoney. Soy sauce mixes with nail polish. Not very sour or good. Luckily i didn’t buy the bottle, I would be pissed if I did.
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 vintage courtesy of footbalm. Bomber pours clear copper with thin head. The aroma is rich creamy and yummy. I get creamy candy caramel, some dark fruity esters, some alcohol and a bit of vanilla. Amazing and interesting. The taste is the same as the aroma with chewy sticky maltiness, a bit of pine flavor non hop bitterness, caramel goodness and a nice warming sensation. This brew has aged greacefully. Wonderful.
deyholla (6483) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Drew, thanks. Pours a clear deep amber with a gray head that starts and remains at the edges. Aroma has a strong caramel note with sweet grains and a hint of grass. Flavor has a combination of sweet and earthy grains with a hint of earthy grassiness.
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very aromatic, hops and malt. More alcohol than its needed is mixed with rich malty body . Very full and big . Only at the end shows its better qualities, like nice roasted malt that is overpowered with alcohol.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with a red hue and a thin tan head. Smells of dark fruit, spicy, some resiny hints a touch of pepper. Tastes of dark fruit, sweet malt, nicely balanced out by some underlying bitterness. Enjoyable.
marcus (6304) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head and a sharp malt aroma. The flavor is raisins and caramel, and strangely hoppy too with a bit of pine and a warming alcohol finish. Complex and delicious.
5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Burnt caramel in color, moderate light beige foamy head, fairly nice lacing. Strong alcohol presense on the nose. Candied applies, sugared orange peel, chocolate covered rum balls, and dark pitted fruit also make up the aroma. Malty and bready up front, quite warming too, alcohol is noticeable but manageable. Candied fruit on the backside, somewhat sweet, with a citric bitterness that is fairly subtle. Touch of vanilla, figs, and dates on the finish. Big in body, mouthfeel seems fairly moderate tho. A bit of a twang after the finish, somewhat like raw alcohol. Good stuff, but maybe a bit too foward on the alcohol. While not bitter or harsh, a year or two will do this one some good me thinks. A big thanks goes out to Schroppfy, Jah Noth, and Santa Clark for sending me this stuff!!! I am really glad I ended up with multples of this one because due to unforseen circumstances I might not have had the opportunity to rate this one.
after4ever (6059) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12-oz bottle, waxed. Thanks, Pantanap! Or Sprinkle. Think it was Pantanap. Pours a dark brown with thick, moussy tan gloop on top. Vinous, extracty processed malt nose. Kinda smells like DME. Boozy twang a-hoppin’ and a-boppin’ right from the getty on the nose. Syrupy, sticky body. Vodka-spiked cookie dough mid-palate. Long sticky DME finish.
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, his bottle. Poured slightly hazy ruby-amber with a decent creamy-rocky off-white head. Mild aroma of woody yeasty malt, alcohol, leafy hops and a touch of soap, although the alcohol and wood intensified some on warming. Taste followed the nose, but much more hop (resiny hop) character, the alcohol is stronger too, but 12%? - anyway, it all builds to a bitter, alcoholic finish - very nice, probably the softest mouthfeel of any barleywine I’ve tried, creamy, smooth, lightly astringent, alcoholic and of medium body and complexity. Initially I was casting aspersions on this one, and yes it’s soft, but let it build slowly and there’s a solid BW here.