DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 On-Tap at the Portland Brew Pub into a Snifter glass.
Pours a brilliant burgandy that glows in the snifter with a fine wheite head that laces the glass beautifully. Aroma has dried fruit (figs, apricots, raisins), some earthy hops and a touch of booze and oak. The flavor has tart dried fruit, brown sugar and hints of oak with a earthy bitterness that lasts. Its medium-bodied and very sticky. Coats your mouth with every sip and extremely enjoyable. Very balanced for being such a young Barleywine.
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out a dark red with some foam. Taste is sweet,fruity, toasty malt. Some hops with a lots of woody notes. Flavors of caramel, toffee, vanilla and bourbon. The alcohol is mostly hidden. Smooth but still bold. Will rerate the other one on the 4-20-10 best after date.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2009 2009 22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a one finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is doughy toasted malt and esters. Flavor is full of esters and toasted malt. I could barely detect the oak initially, but as the beer warmed, the oak and vanilla really shined . Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Full body. A very nice BW.
DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice, inviting aroma, lightly floral or maybe fresh fruit but not at all sour. Taste does follow, but WHOAH thatís a strong, strong alcohol. Not at all subtle or hidden; hard to notice much else. Bottle says best after 4/2010, so maybe it mellows with age? For the moment, though, itís pretty assaulting. I know barleywines are strong, but this oneís a bit much for me.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a clear Amber
Nice 1" cap of head
Nice floral notes, some plum aromas
Front is lots of toffee and caramel with a hint of red wine, then a little plum and apricot, finishes with some nice bitter hops and feint bourbon notes
good amount of carbonation.
drjay44 (2736) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml. bottle. 2009. Best By Date is too far away to wait. (4/20/10) Pours a thin tan head, of good duration, with slight lacing, over a clear, reddish brown (SRM 15) body.....nose of rich sweet malts, toffee, yeast, mild bread.....tastes heavily of sweet malts, with toffee and caramel dominating, finishing with a pleasant bitter bite, alcohol tones present throughout....mouth feel is thick and heavy, carbonation low. The big forces are well balanced here. It tastes young, no surprise, Iíll get a couple to age.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Poured a medium clear amber orange with a 1 finger thick beige head. Floral hops were the first thing to hit the nose. Followed by some sweet caramel and toffee. Flavor finished up with assertive hop bitterness, caramel molasses and toffee. Would love to try the original í05 batch.
bigbeersrule (113) - USA - MAY 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A really great American barleywine. I love the best after date on it but couldnt wait that long to drink it. Color was a nice brown color. Aroma of alcohol and malt with some grassy hops. Flavor was big and full of malt, warm alcohol and balanced by a generous heaping of hops. A great beer.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Bier Stein. Poured a deep reddish brown with a moderate tan head that was gone quickly. Aroma is oak, leather, caramel, raisins and plums. Flavor is mostly caramel, dark fruit, some oak, light earthy hops and a decent alcohol burn at the end. This one could use some more aging, glad Iíve got a bottle cellared.
marcus (6780) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This reddish copper ale poured with a modest off-white head that faded quickly. There is a strong fruity aroma. The flavor is sweet caramel malt with some raisin, carbonation and a pleasant alcohol trail. This is a very nice brew.