teorn88 (3599) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle shared at The Cad’s 10yr anniversary celebration at CBC Clerkenwell, London. Thank to Bruce for the sugar fix. It pours a dark amber color with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, with notes of raisins, dried figs, dates, ripe tropical fruits, caramel, vanilla. Taste is again very sweet with more caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, ripe tropical fruits from the hops. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, nice sipper
The_Osprey (3227) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at CBC Clerkenwell, thanks to Bruce. Cloudy red brown, small foamy tan head. Aroma is bread, toffee, floral, tangerine, chicken. Body is medium, foamy, tingly carbonation. Taste is sweet toffee, caramel, twiggy with a dry woody finish. Pretty sweet. Alright, not my sort of thing.
myrda (91) - - 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 (417) - - 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 (15043) - 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 (1336) - 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 (3403) - 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 (550) - 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 (999) - 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 .
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tectactoe (3118) - 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.