budznsudz (320) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
2009 bottle that has not stood the test of time. Pours dark hazy brown with a cream white head. Aroma is of a sour red/brown, acetone, sour fruit. Taste is astringent, sour, and just not good. This beer has seen its glory days come to pass. A shame because there is a shadow of what it once was, now it tastes like sour grapes. Drain pour.
djd07 (2316) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy amber with small beige head. The aroma is roast, vanilla and oak. Medium mouthfeel with sweet roasted malt and vanilla with nice oaky finish. A very good barley wine from Deschutes.
vvesside (148) - California, USA - APR 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from timfoolery. Fantastic barley wine with sweet fruit and light bourbon. Sooo good.
GRM (2484) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009, brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, best before 04/20/10, from and with Luc Bourbonnière (merci!), savoured on January 11 2012; eye: brown with a light reddish hue, hazy, minuscule ring of beige head, no lacing; mouth: malt, caramel, medicinal, slight fruity, light hops, finale in spices with malt presence, medium body, not much carbonation, lightly bitter, lightly sweet, slick texture; overall: fine
2009, bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, meilleure avant 04/20/10, de et avec Luc Bourbonnière (merci!), savourée le 11 janvier 2013; œil : brune avec une légère teinte rougeâtre, voilée, minuscule anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : malt, caramel, médicinal, très léger fruité; bouche : malt, caramel, médicinal, très léger fruité, léger houblon, finale en épices avec présence de malt, corps moyen, peu carbonatée, légèrement amère, légèrement sucrée, texture coulante; en résumé : bien
craftycarl21 (2025) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
2009 bottle thanks to EricE. Sour cherry, paint thinner, apricot, and heavy booze on this. I’ve got to say I think this beer is wayyyy past it’s prime, which is a shame. Some remnants of what I’m sure was a superior beer, but it’s not there anymore.
Lubiere (8239) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2013
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A hazed reddish amber ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, a sweet vinegar malt with light bilous notes, garbage, bad. In mouth, a sweet malt with floral hops, pure sugar, off notes, overall, sad and disappointing.
greenhorn1 (664) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2009 release. Small brown head and milky brown. Nose is sweet but something off. Flavor surprisingly is quite sour, how come?? Not really into this, to many abnormalities about this. I know this goes against whar everyone has rated, but I’m out in this one.
Beerman6686 (3120) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a hay lighter brown color with a small beige head. Aroma was toffee, caramel, oak and light oxidation. Flavor was light cardboard, light oak and bourbon, brown sugar and toffee. Solid stuff,
Huhzubendah (1979) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.
The beer is copper/orange hued with a thin, off white head that leaves sparse lacing on the tulip. The aroma offers brettanomyces, alcohol, oak, vanilla, and candied malt. The beer is just ok, and unorthodox for the style. An odd mix of sweet and sour. I don’t dislike the beer, per se, but this hardly resembles a barleywine of any sort. Deschutes needs to fix these quality control issues and stop releasing infected beers.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-01-2012
OmegaX (968) - Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An interesting brew. Nose is full of citrusy hops, some light caramel, wood, musty aromas, light vanilla. Pour was a hazy orange with a thin white head. Taste is light citrus and vanilla with a touch of bourbon and booze plus a lightly tart fruity note. Wood. Nice stuff.