trujahwarrior (504) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, pours a clear dark golden color with a medium off white head that leaves good lacing. Smells of citrus, caramel, toffee and spicy yeast I’m assuming a Belgian strain. Tastes of all the same things in the smell. Mouthfeel is light and smooth with good carbonation. Overall this is the best in my opinion of the 3 class of 88 barleywines. This was the most balanced. I tried all 3 on 1 night
beernovice39 (3102) - Montana, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a hazy amber with an off white thin top. Nose is sweet fruits. Taste is sweet apricots, dates and figs. Finish is dry and bready.
onceblind (3934) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy copper under a thin lasting off-white head. Lovely nose of hoppy citrus and plums and dates with a rich pseudo-amber malt backbone. Huge body and flavor profile featuring dates and piney hops and citrus rind, with an earthy-sweet biscuit undertone. A hint of raisin booziness throughout, but that biscuit lager-malt tone is super prevalent.
BrewGoblin (242) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was fortunate enough to try this alongside Mirror, Mirror BW 2014 on it’s release date. While this is a fairly tasty fluid of it’s own accord, it literally pales in comparison to Mirror, Mirror. A much lighter shade than I expected, looks like that first piss in the morning after a long night of partying. Sour apples, brown sugar, wood, dank must, earth, citrus and dark bread in the flave and smell. A bit barnyard too. Quite enjoyable but tough to top Mirror, Mirror side by side.
pdx77 (1197) - Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. Deep dark golden color. Aroma is caramelized citrus, toffee, plum, and apple. Taste is pitted fruit, caramel malt, grapefruit, tangerine, and resin. Alternates between boozy, sweet syrupy, and bitter hoppy. Finishes with a good balance of the three.
pdx76 (586) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - pours cloudy amber with medium sustaining head. Nose of brandy, grain, and booze. Taste is of brown sugar, syrup, booze, and brandy. Warming finish.
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drpimento (2153) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Masterpiece. Not only faultless, but excellent in all other ways too. Long lasting head, clear medium amber , perfect body, enticing aroma, exemplary finish.
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writerljberg (635) - Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle.A: Amber with a fluffy off-white head. Lacing.N: Biscuit, dough, grain, toffee, cola, caramel. Moderate hop citrus - orange, mango, and pineapple. Cherry/sherry/almond overtones. Bubble gum.T: Bitter like a DIPA with a grainy dough sweetness.M: Sticky, heavy, and no alcohol.O: Somewhat maligned given the pedigree, but it feels like a mix of Mirror Mirror and North Coast?s ubiqitous Old Stock. Worth a shot.
jake65 (2588) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Soft orange color with a thin beige head. Light and airy nose, citrus and florals. Lightly malty. A flavor somewhere in between a fresh, young barleywine and a DIPA that’s on the malty side. Good citrus hop flavors. Drinks way too easily for 10.2%... nicely done.
Cory (295) - , California, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Looks like honey with a small head. Aroma is sour with peach or stone fruit. Taste is a little sour but mostly sweet with a weird stove fruit skin after taste. Great barley wine.
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from SBL: Poured a medium golden-honey hue while chunky sediment bits float about. Had to give it a hard pour just to create any formation of head but it did form and was creamy but it is obvious this bottle is past its expected shelf life. Aroma has minimal traces of sweet bready like malts while the hops have faded out of existence which ultimately leaves behind a beer that delivers a heavy dosage of boozy alcohol. Tiny hints of sweetness but not enough to make this stale and partially expired barleywine catch my interest.