DrSilverworm (7692) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, shared by alexsdad06. Hazy amber - brown color. Thin off-white head. Dots of lace. Big caramel and raisin in the nose, light sherry. Bigger body. Nice smoooth, more creamy texture. Lighter carbonation. Surprisingly easy to drink for 15%. Just a light warmth in the finish. Iíve had 12% beers that tasted much boozier. Nice moderate bitter taste, light sweet. Some bigger earthy hop, light graininess. Caramel. Very good barleywine.
deyholla (7370) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.
Ibrew2or3 (7232) - 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.
Ughsmash (7224) - 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 itís 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!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky dark brown with a nice, but short-lived light tan head. Lots of large yeast clumps sink to the bottom of the glass. Rich complex caramel malty aroma with some aged butterscotch and dark fruit complexity. Starts thick, malty, and sweet with some diacetyl and candy licorice flavor with a sticky sweet, warming finish. Could hide its alcohol a little better, but has nice complexity. Thanks to goldtwins for sharing!
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at Borefts 10am day after hotel tasting.
Excellent amber colour with a really good beige head. Slightly cheesey but all round an excellent barley wine. More sugary than I would normally like but there is no denying itís very tasty. Excellent spicy notes, plenty of chewy caramel malt and a good warming feel all the way through. Good stuff.
arminjewell (7039) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark reddish brown pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of lots of dark fruit, hints of oak, red fruits, slight grass, hints of bitter notes, hints of molasses. Taste is a mix of red fruits, hints of sherry, caramel, chocolate, more raisin, hints of toffee, lots of burnt caramel. Finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter.
marcus (6996) - 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.
douglas88 (6611) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Eric. Pours a murky dark brown with a small head. The aroma is full and nice; a smooth sweetness and a bunch of fruit. The taste is also full of fruit and some sweet candy. There is a really strong alcohol aspect, almost overpowering. It burns like a much stronger alcohol and dominates the taste. Overall, quite good and very strong.
Radek Kliber (6572) - 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.