SorenE (168) - , - SEP 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
noticed the "best after april 2010" after I cracked this, oh well... oak is quite heavy on the aroma, mixed with luscious sweet malts, fruity esters and a touch of alcohol. Flavors are much the same but more pronounced. appropriate bitterness, carbonation and mouthfeel. good stuff, but should have kept it another year I think.
BOSSbrewer (1022) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very nice. Had this on tap at Iron Barley in south St. Louis. Very nice beer. Carmel and lots of malt. Nice.
SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs and Liquor. Aroma slightly masks the alcohol content and has an upfront fruitiness about it. Liquid was a honey like tea color and head did form but was quick to retreat to an O circle shape. The flavor is chewy with malts and sweet notes of fruit and a taste of harsh cigar tobacco. Well balanced and does the trick for a quick buzz but somehow felt it could of delivered more in the flavor department.
ineedbeer (420) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 13, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The infected 2009 Vintage
The aroma is difficult to describe. There is some remnants of malt character with light caramel and toffee. There is a moderately strong phenolic note similar to anise. Some alcohol spice as it warms. Medium low fruit esters of tropical fruit and rotting stone fruit.
Pours a cloudy burnt amber with some ruby and brown notes. Moderately thick tan head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges. Faint lacing and medium legs.
Flavor starts with some nice sweet malt notes that you would expect from a barleywine: caramel, toffee, toasted bread. Some light raisin and cherry notes also. Mid palate the alcohol heat sets in along with moderately strong bitterness and a moderately strong phenolic note. The phenolic note is clearly from the infection and ruins the finish of the beer.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Medium low astringency and medium high alcohol heat. Infection seems to have thinned this beer out quite a bit as well.
Overall this is not a good beer. I will revisit this one if and when they release a new batch as I think the infection worked negatively for this beer. Sometimes infections bring fruit, sometimes phenolics; this one brought phenolics and it doesn’t work. Oh well, nice of the very to have given refunds for these bottles.
budznsudz (378) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
2009 bottle that has not stood the test of time. Pours dark hazy brown with a cream white head. Aroma is of a sour red/brown, acetone, sour fruit. Taste is astringent, sour, and just not good. This beer has seen its glory days come to pass. A shame because there is a shadow of what it once was, now it tastes like sour grapes. Drain pour.
djd07 (2533) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy amber with small beige head. The aroma is roast, vanilla and oak. Medium mouthfeel with sweet roasted malt and vanilla with nice oaky finish. A very good barley wine from Deschutes.
vvesside (256) - California, USA - APR 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from timfoolery. Fantastic barley wine with sweet fruit and light bourbon. Sooo good.
GRM (2689) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009, brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, best before 04/20/10, from and with Luc Bourbonnière (merci!), savoured on January 11 2012; eye: brown with a light reddish hue, hazy, minuscule ring of beige head, no lacing; mouth: malt, caramel, medicinal, slight fruity, light hops, finale in spices with malt presence, medium body, not much carbonation, lightly bitter, lightly sweet, slick texture; overall: fine
2009, bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, meilleure avant 04/20/10, de et avec Luc Bourbonnière (merci!), savourée le 11 janvier 2013; œil : brune avec une légère teinte rougeâtre, voilée, minuscule anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : malt, caramel, médicinal, très léger fruité; bouche : malt, caramel, médicinal, très léger fruité, léger houblon, finale en épices avec présence de malt, corps moyen, peu carbonatée, légèrement amère, légèrement sucrée, texture coulante; en résumé : bien
craftycarl21 (2073) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
2009 bottle thanks to EricE. Sour cherry, paint thinner, apricot, and heavy booze on this. I’ve got to say I think this beer is wayyyy past it’s prime, which is a shame. Some remnants of what I’m sure was a superior beer, but it’s not there anymore.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2013
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A hazed reddish amber ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, a sweet vinegar malt with light bilous notes, garbage, bad. In mouth, a sweet malt with floral hops, pure sugar, off notes, overall, sad and disappointing.
greenhorn1 (727) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2009 release. Small brown head and milky brown. Nose is sweet but something off. Flavor surprisingly is quite sour, how come?? Not really into this, to many abnormalities about this. I know this goes against whar everyone has rated, but I’m out in this one.