olio (4815) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
65 cl bottle @ City Beer, San Francisco. 2009 vintage. Best after 20.04.2010.
Pours murky red-brown color with small head. Aroma of plums, dates, yeast notes, dark malts, lots of caramel and toffee. Flavour of plums, raisins, dark berry notes, caramel, malts, toffee and sugar candy. Sweet ripe fruity palate with a nice warm alcohol burn, sweet caramelly finish. Excellent.
dEnk (3106) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ 2nd Tuesday tasting @ De Molen. Aroma has a slight brett note, some caramel. Flavour is caramel, red fruits, some bourbon, touch of brett. Still a very nice beer, but now I really want a clean bottle.
erickok (2810) - Tours, FRANCE - JUN 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Reserve thanks to PP. Hazy copper red, light beige head. Big funk... Which defines the beer. Taste is great though. Caramel, complex fruits, loads of sweetness. A really special beer to smell and taste, even though it?s not in the best condition. (At the De Molen tasting)
kermis (3667) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at De Molen tasting. Dark amber pour with an off white head. Aroma is funky, brett - an infected bottle. Flavour is sweet with the sourness more in the background, caramel, fruity. Full bodied, medium carbonation. Will re-rate with a non infected bottle.
deanso (4109) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the molen.
Tastes a bit off: thin white head. Hazy amber pour. Still an interesting beer.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Originally reviewed: 1/30/12. Vintage 2009 - have had it cellared since. (’Best *After* - 4/26/10’ printed on the side). Have been really looking forward to this one for quite awhile, albeit with some hesitancy as there were rumblings of quality control issues. Thankfully, this one was not infected. Split this bottle with fellow BA, ClarkPinnock. Poured my allotment into a snifter.
Pours a cloudy, dark, ruddy amber. Lots of fine particles noted in the bottom of my glass. Thankfully, no large chunks. A small sheet of lace tops it off. The nose is rich with molasses, dark fruits, light booze character, wet wood. Very nice aroma. The body has not been hurt by time in the cellar at all. This one is hefty and filling. Carbonation level is moderate. Tasty beer with fig, plum, faint vanilla, toffee. Excellent beer. The flavors meld so well together. This is one of my favorite aged-Barleywines I have had. To those that are still sitting on some of these, the forecast looks good!
PhillyCraft (2578) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap, Pour is a dark purple brown, aromas of rich barley and figs, raisins, syrupy oaky tar, caramel. Taste is filled with fruity esters, raisins, dark figs, and various belgian flavors. Great barleywine.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, 2009 Vintage that I’ve had for quite awhile. Pours a murky, rusty-orange colored body with a thin, creamy, light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is full of sweeter caramels with a good amount of floral orange hops. Some chewy and nutty toffees, dried fruits, a touch of vanilla, a hint of oak, and a very light pine resin. Flavor is similar. Big floral oranges mixed with lots of sweet caramels, chewy and nutty toffees, and some tropical dried fruits. Barrel character comes out a touch towards the end to cut the sweetness a bit with a light oaky vanilla. A light pine resin with the big floral oranges gives this a medium-light bitterness that helps the wood dry this out a bit alongside the big sweet malts. Lengthy aftertaste with a light alcohol note. Full, chewy, smooth body with a very light carbonation. Overall, a pretty sweet and somewhat straightforward barley wine. Big caramels and some nutty, English toffees with lots of floral oranges, a light pine resin, and a light barrel note. Aging this has probably settled the booziness, but this is still a pretty sweet beer. Nonetheless, I found it to be an enjoyable sipper.
obguthr (3312) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2012
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Medicinal, chlorophenolic aroma. Clear copper, medium head. Quite medicinal, beyond funky.
duaneh (100) - - MAR 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy ruby color with one finger of off white head. Smell is oak, caramel, vanilla, and strong alcohol. Taste is lots of toasty caramel sweetness supporting that fruitiness, with a prickly hop character providing just enough light bitterness to add a little balance.