IrishBoy (4001) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from GM liquors, best after Apr 20 2010; 2009 release. Nose of very flowery hops, golden raisins, oak, and caramel. Clear copper with a small beige glass lacing head. Flavor is very oaky bubblegum, with caramel and light fruit. Best young BW I have had. Wonder what it will be in a year?
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bronze body with not much head.the aroma is oranges,cotton candy,oak,and peaches.the flavor does much of the same.very smooth and easy drinking at 11 percent.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is rich and deep with fruits and cherres. Slight alcohol and oaking is noticeable. Caramel and sugar sweetness as well. Lightly floral but primarily a wonderful fruit mix. Visually, the body is deep red with a decent covering of a head. Taste is cloying sweetness with a well balanced palate.
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JUN 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed this and see further improvement with 12 months of age. Nice touch of bourbon barrel age’ness to give this some lift and a consistant finish. Woody, alc, touch of sweetness, carmel and vanilla as you’d expect. Touch to say it had a good appearance being a barleywine. Glad to have several of these stashed away. Possibly the best barleywine i’ve had ever, though 04 bigfoot on draft was really good stuff a couple weeks back...
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of sweet malt and caramel with alcohol. flavor very similar to aroma. Very enjoyable.
LilBeerDoctor (3567) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at ACBF09. Pours a clear brown with a small head. Aroma of raisin, caramel, toffee, and sweet malt. Flavor of sweet caramel malt. Flavor is decent but the palate is too sticky and sweet. Just ok for me.
BeerBunker (956) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle thanks to riversideAK. Pours ruby with a frothy tan head. Aroma is of oak, malt, caramel, alcohol, grass, and spice. Taste is of caramel malt, with lots of spice, honey, and grass. Has a decent hop taste to it, but it is lost among the other flavors, especially the oak. The big oak flavors mesh well with the other flavors. The alcohol presence is masked very well underneath the oak and malt. Each sip finishes with a lingering oaky alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is creamy. This beer is very drinkable given the alcohol content. I liked it a lot.
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Could have a much better aroma, a little lacking. The flavor comes off as way less than 11%, probably because it doesn’t seem like a hop-heavy barleywine. Pretty nice stuff overall.
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle! Reddish gold with a non-existent head. Aroma of oak and caramel. Tons of flavor - caramel, cherry, vanilla, earthy hops. Hot finish, but not intrusive. Beautiful, and will likely be better in a few months.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2009 Pours a dark golden with white head. Hints of caramel and vanilla. Strong bitter hops fit the west coast style, but a bit syrupy. Needs to mellow a bit. Solid barley wine, but probably better in another 6 months+. Will crack another bottle around the new year.