dnstone (2251) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice copper color with a soft white head. Aroma is quite sweet and malty, with light pine hop undertone. Moderately sweet, but well balanced...malt is in the forefront with a honey sweetness and light roast, hop-pine, and alcohol touches. An excellent barelywine.
MrFecesious (1136) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share. Hazy gold. Aroma of raisin, prune, candied sugar, tropical fruit. Taste is sweet and bitter. Sticky mouthfeel.
obguthr (4172) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Split wood, thistle, toffee nose, volatile. Cloudy amber, thin head. Overripe orange, oak, lemon zest. Some oxidation, with subtle toffee notes on the back end. Full body, hot, moderate carbonation. A year old, but might need another year.
mkel07 (3828) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from Archive Beer Boutique 181014. 5 star beer all the way. Big bold flavours of toffee and burnt caramel. Fills the mouth with awesomeness. A beer that you would from three great breweries.
fcjack1 (186) - Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from world beers. Pours a golden Amber. Thin white head. Scent is booze and caramel. Taste is sweetness, alcohol. Nice burn on the back end. Good beer.
slowrunner77 (6165) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Brilliant orange color, clearer than most. Is about as barleywine like as stoic is quad like. That said, stoic is my favorite beer called a quad, even if it is nothing like others in the style. This barleywine has lots of big, hoppy IPA qualities, but thatís too easy. So fruity that I was thinking Belgian yeast esters, though thereís not really any of the spice. Iíve never had a beer with this combo of qualities. Unique for sure, and very enjoyable. I canít think of it as an elite barleywine, cause its not what Iíd go for when Iím in the mood for one, but it is a great beer - labels be damned. Canít wait to try the other two versions :)
hackobock (1793) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home on june 6th. Pours hazy orange with a minimal white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, plums, figs, raisins, resin, light alcohol. Taste is mid/high sweetness with caramel and dried fruits, light bitter, finish is light alcohol warmth with slight notes of higher alcohols.
beernovice39 (3188) - 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 (4703) - 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 (500) - 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 itís release date. While this is a fairly tasty fluid of itís 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 (1457) - 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.