Thewade (340) - USA - JUN 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent after dinner barley wine served on tap at Taphouse Grill in Seattle. Definitely a sipping beer that was my desert for the night.
Muggus69 (1419) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 Reserve - wax sealed 650mL bottle
Pours a murky bronze body, holding a thick beige ring of foam.
Nose is intense, lots of aged character - cooked citrus, dried fruits, nutmeg spiciness, Madeira, subtle nutty almost Rancio-like character.
Thick bodied, smooth, low carbonation, long warming finish.
Rich, quite complex - sultana & dried fig, treacle & Madeira, lots of earthy spice & stewed fruits. Long finish, reasonably high bitterness.
Serious beer indeed, does seem a touch oxidised.
johnnymusky (497) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2015 2014 vintage...I like this...tons of plums and toffee...crazy variety of flavors..even better as it warms....very enjoyable...(#491)
blackflag321 (561) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bomber, poured to tulip snifter. Murky, light brown/copper with a thick creamy head that faded quickly. Complex taste: oak, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, port, and more. . . and they work nicely together on the palate. Smooth with no hint of an 11 ABV. A great beer!
tapthis (95) - Baytown, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice carbonation and lacing. Tastes of dark, heavy fruits. Color like a roasted amber.
markextrae (1903) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle sample, shared by a kind folk at LIBF, poured a dark slight cloudy looking amber colour with a small tanned head, notes of sweet caramel malts, sweet plums, oak, burned caramel, raisins, eart, some dark fruits as cherries, sticky resinous notes. some dried orange aswell. vanilla, butterscotch, full bodied and sticky mouthfeel. to bad there isnít a lot barrel notice. but still this is very nice
gam (3526) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Misty brown pour mild carbonation aromas earthy goodness mild floral butter scotch caramel toffee rich alcohol stone fruit chocolate note the flavours toffee wild honey treacle caramel stone fruits citrus dark notes candy sugar resin so good on the palate the rich barrelling note sticky goodness of a rich red dark port it seems the sweetness is tops the finish best tastes barrelling notes superb fruits sweet malts a cracking Barley Wine
stantheman (732) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2015
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at John B Pub in Coquitlam. A rich reddish copper colour and light tan head with sweet fruity and malty nose. Incredibly rich on the palate. The barrel aging is evident. Nice. 4.
48FanInCali (807) - California, USA - APR 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 version - dark pour with generous off white head. Sweet malt, caramel, light vanilla on the nose. Taste follows with some vinous notes. Still sweet upfront but some dryness on the finish. Mild oxidation.
Willsaar (22) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 16, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Simply put, one of the finest beers Iíve ever tasted. I had to go to Portland, OR to get it, all the way from Brooklyn!! I would do it again. Itís just that good. Purchased from Deschutes Brewhouse in downtown PDX. Poured into a snifter, big beige/tan head, plenty of lacing too as it went down. So much in the aroma- malt, wood, earth, I detect some maple or toffee as well dried fruits too. I let it sit for a while to raise itís temperature. Iím so glad I did this, as the beer just kept getting bettercaramel, earthy, Taste is equally if not even more complex, as it warmed more and more came out. I got lots of sweet but mellow alcohol initially, but later I tasted heavy earthy sweetness. The aroma of dried fruit, toffee, caramel, these come through in the sweet tastes of the brew. I donít detect any hop notes anywhere (aroma or otherwise) I love it when barleywines err away from the hops. I slowly relished this brew. It took me an hour and a half on a rainy PDX afternoon to finish this. When I was done I wanted another. An outstanding beer.
thepeter (324) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a deep amber beer with small decent head. smells of ripe dark fruits, caramel and some underlying tropical fruits in the background. Tastes much of the same with some boozy burn to warm the tummy and bit more sweetness than expected. A nice beer to sip on.