fletchfighters (1063) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
660 Ml bottle
Thanks to Owen for the bottle
Redish orange color, off white head. Good head and lacing
Nose is wine, caramel, figs, brown sugar, oak, and touches of sourness.
Not infected but has a red wine sourness to it. Very well balanced taste. Just notes of sourness from the barrel, caramel, figs, sugar, dark fruits. Well hidden alcohol and easy to drink.
SpongeRuiner (697) - Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got a bottle in a trade. This pours a bright red color with a light head. A big dark cherry note aroma. Flavors meet the aroma with the cherry. Still very smooth. Intricate flavors blend nicely here. A lot of caramel and sweet syrup flavors. The alcohol was showing more towards the back end. Good stuff.
Westmeister (1732) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
July 1st Sunday. I have been wanting to try this for a while, but was sadly dissappointed by the sour nose and taste. I didn’t note the vintage, but damn if it wasn’t infected. Not seeing any other recent rates indicating the offputting notes, so perhaps this was several years old. Anyway, will certainly seek out again to correct this placeholder rating.
Wordsworth (131) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured into snifter. Pours a murky caramel brown with a thin white head that fades into a pencil thin collar. No lacing. Smells of figs, caramel, candied fruit, vanilla, and booze. The aroma is lovely. Flavor is exactly as it smells: figs, candy, booze, a touch of vanilla, caramel. Very smooth and well balanced, with a hidden ABV that invites another glass. Tasty beer worth aging.
umich03jm (1934) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 bottle. Pours a cloudy dark reddish-brown with a small head that fades to a thin ring. Aromas are brown sugar, burnt caramel, figs, molasses, strawberries, and candied oranges. Tastes awesome. Big brown sugar sweetness that is somehow not cloying at all. Candied citrus and red fruit throughout. Nice light booziness in the back end to help calm the sweetness. Caramel lingers a bit with burnt sugar. Medium body. I liked this more than I though I would. Very good barleywine. Could age very well too.
fitwitchik (291) - USA - JUN 25, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bomber into a snifter a dark reddish color with a tan head.
Aroma is sugared caramels. Dark fruit not as much. Scent is heavenly.
Flavor is as smooth as a pond at sunrise....(couldn’t resist) Sweet brown sugar with caramelized figs. Boozy yet its subtle. Definitely a sipper. Way better than average balanced in its flavor profile with carbonation. Great brew to share with friends or by one’s self when the day needs to be forgotten.
coachd (92) - Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at shamrocks pub and grill. This one wasn't bad, just lacking in a few areas. Maybe it's because I'm not a huge fan if mirror pond in the first place. I also don't usually do barleywine a on tap. Maybe that's contributing. I was expecting more out of this one. Kinda middle of the road for the style.
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Bev4Less. Pours coppery red and brown, decent white foam and BIG aroma of caramel and red wine. Taste is also very appealing, all the wonder of a great, sweet, bitey barleywine with the compliments of the wine barrel complexities. Wonderful. Wish it were cheaper, cuz that would make me drink more.
maxwelldeux (3551) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at a barley wine tasting, 2014 vintage. This one pours a mostly clear amber color. Nose has a fair amount of caramel to it. Taste is slightly sweet, and finishes quite smoothly. Nice brew.
adrian910ss (2348) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a deep coppery amber with a medium sized beige head. Aroma of dates, figs, candied malt and sugary notes. Taste of figs, candied sugar, caramel malts, dates and tiny hints of wood barrels. Light detection of alcohol in the warm finish.