PotjeBier (1437) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
5 oz sampler in a snifter @ 38 Degrees Alehouse, Alhambra, CA. 2014 issue - I understand it’s aged in wine barrels. Murky brown color. Beige head. Aroma’s: sweet fruit (notably banana), caramel/toffee, notes of (white?) wine, light umami. Ratronasal there’s additional oak. Flavor is moderat sweet, woody, caramel. Alcohol well hidden. Medium bodied. Finishes woody and moderate bitter. Lovely!
cernjoh (43) - Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is that of dark fruits. Appearance is a clear dark amber with a small light tan head. Taste is hoppy dark fruits. Palate is smooth but a bit thin. Overall pretty good. Will be interested in seeing how this ages
fidelis83 (1827) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy garnet pour with a 1 finger, creamy tan head that has great retention. Aroma is dark fruit, licorice, toffee, earthy leaves, bready and tree fruit esters. Flavor is dark fruit, plum sauce, ripe tree fruit esters, dark toast, earthy leaves, light untoasted woody notes, a little clove and cinnamon spice, vanilla, toffee, dark caramel and a little sweet rum-like booziness, citrus, floral and light pine hops. Heavy body, creamy, to slightly oily feel, and light carbonation. Really great overall.
ARH (157) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2014 25 oz bottle poured into a teku glass. So perhaps I jumped the gun a bit. The ’best after’ date isn’t until Feb 2015, but I suppose I couldn’t wait. The aroma is mostly a sharp, very sweet, candy sugar and acetone combination. On the sweet side, cherry, candy apple, and tropical fruits come through. Complimenting that is a secondary tone of wood and nuts. After a bit of settling, the acetone starts to come off as a port-like alcohol note with some additional tones of chocolate and raisin. The pour is a deep, rich, clear, red-brown / ruby color. The head is a light brown color with mostly micro - small bubbles and a creamy look. It ends up reducing to a messy medium-thin film with a healthy thickish ring around the edge. The lace is runny, but some light splotches are left behind.The taste is a medium high, rich, malty sweet with a medium-high, bitter and a strong alcohol presence.(yeah, probably mellows nicely with age). It’s a highly carbonated, but soft, fluffy mouthfeel that’s full and malty rich in body, and chewy, viscous, and sticky in texture. The finish is a mellow bourbon warmth with a burnt caramel touch. The burnt quality carries over to the aftertaste in the form of burnt toast and chocolate raisin predominantly with some nutty and woody tones. The aftertaste lingers for a short time, but then abruptly fades.
haddon90 (1385) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at thr Olde Towne Tavern in Littleton. Pours a foggy ruby color with a thin head. Brown sugar and cherries in the aroma with a smoky maly finish. Sweet taste with brown sugar, berries, and a smoky malt finish. Excellent barley wine on a snowy day.
ryecatcher (651) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a deep coppery-brown, decent off-white head with very nice retention. Nose is loaded with dried fruit (dates, raisins and figs), brown sugar, caramel, hints of vanilla, dark berries. Mouth is medium bodied (actually relatively light for a Barleywine), slightly oily, sweet and reminiscent of a port up front, the dried fruit and caraeml in the nose are on the kisser as well. Not too boozy given the ABV and some oaky tannins from those wine barrels comes through on the finish. Just paid my taxes and I needed a drink after I saw the bottom line... which reminds me: Fuck you, Uncle Sam you money grubbing (and squandering) buffoon. Time to send your senile flag-hat-wearing ass off to the nursery home... and your nephew, the State of Illinois is thieving whore as well. Okay, so now I got that off my chest, this is a really nice brew. I may have to pick up another bottle (after panhandling it would seem) so I can lay it down and see how well it ages.
TheHOFF43 (1674) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours an unclear reddish brown with slight khaki head. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel and booze. Taste is boozy dark fruits, hot and hoppy.
kansascityCW (42) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - APR 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Totally superb. Barrel characteristics stand out a little more to me in the aroma than in the taste. Slightly thin mouth feel for such a big beer, but otherwise amazing. Deschutes knocked this one out of the park.
stevoj (1705) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brewer’s Haven. Malt and alcohol slap you in the face, lots of alcohol warmth, but still a smooth drinker. medium amber brown with minimal head
Bacterial (1205) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Firkin at Happy Gnome Firkin Fest 2014. Slight grape on the nose. Very low carb. Nice sweet taste and hoppiness.