myrda (78) - - MAR 31, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Meilleure barleywine goutée depuis très longtemps. Équilibre parfait entre le malt onctueux et le houblon résineux. Parfaite.
sjohnny (408) - - MAR 29, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Toffee sweet malty with a hint of hops aroma. Pours a cloudy caramel brown with a thick light tan head that fades very slowly. Wine, vanilla, toffee, hint of pine. Thick mouthfeel. Boozy. Smooth with just a bit of hoppy bitterness in the finish followed by more candy sweet and boozy warmth.
harrisoni (14621) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Toms 10 yr anniversary. American malt some oxidiaation. Some sweetnees. Just not very interesting.
andrewje41 (1071) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pour at the Brouwers Cafe hard liver festival. Rating from my notes. 2009 Vintage. Pours a bright glowing red color. Very sweet and fruity flavor. A bit of ora ge with a more spicy finish. Lighter body than expected. Finishes smooth with some apple and other sweet fruit. Fun beer overall.
superspak (3143) - Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, best after 2/24/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy dark ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, fig, apple, date, light licorice, herbal, light oak/vanilla, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malts, fruity/earthy yeast, and light-moderate oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, fig, apple, date, vanilla, light licorice, herbal, light oak, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Slight tannic/oak bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, fig, apple, date, vanilla, light licorice, herbal, light oak, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity/earthy yeast, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; with a fantastic malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible English barleywine style. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity/earthy yeast, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An insanely delicious offering.
akoeninger (520) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy Amber color with thin head. Great oaky, molasses, raisin, vanilla, dark fruit aroma and taste. Complex many layers to the beer in flavor and aroma. Drinks like a good red wine, but sweet and complex. Very good
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
alliance100 (910) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle - pours a murky brownish/ orange . Orange rind citrus aroma with hints of oak and barley . Citrus and oak dominate the palette with a bit of grape sweetness . Interesting beer .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
tectactoe (2952) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Cloudy amber color with a thin layer of ecru foam that forms on top & dissipates quickly. Aroma of caramel, pineapple, mildly vinous tannins, red grape... Very heavy on the dark fruity; prune, raisins, dates. Undertones of sweet caramel & toffee with a strong, almost wine-like presence. Flavor is the same, with more notes of caramel, anise, prune, red grape, tannic oak, & a heavy red wine character. Like a Merlot, though more sweet with the strong malty underbody of caramel, vanilla, & toffee. Light notes of pineapple, too, bordering on Brett-y in a strange way. Though, not a bad way. Mouth feel is slightly over carbonated given the style, in my opinion. All in all, a good barley wine. Not great, but good.
Travlr (14702) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of luttonm at 5:45 this morning, holy cow! Clear bright amber color, big bubble head. Aroma of butterscotch. Taste is boozy butterscotch. Decent.
jackl (5369) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Travlr’s. amber pour with a small head. Doesnt look like magma. Nose of cocoa and donuts. Pretty sweet caramel. Taste is pret damn nutty. Roasted nuts. Toffee.quite hot. Sweet grain. Full body, soft carb.