Ibrew2or3 (6220) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Pap pouring up with a slightly hazy amber body that supports a tiny light tan ring of foam. The aroma offers up sweet malts and some molasses and then a touch of pale like malt sweetness mixed with a modest degree of sweet ripe cherries. The taste starts smooth with thick malt sweetened ripe cherry meat and then it picks up malts and molasses nuanced by a pleasing level of a rye bread like twang that is fully tempered and evened out by the malts but sort of enhanced as well by a thin layer of somewhat spicy to pine like hoppiness. Nice well rounded barleywine.
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at GABF 2012 (advertised as Barrel Aged). Pours with a clear bronze hued body with a tan head that fades. Aromas are of brown sugar, raisins, caramel, oak, rye, spice, tannins, vanillin and a lot of alcohol. Flavors are sweet, spicy with peppery notes, lactones, and a well hidden abv. Low carbonation.
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Out of the beers I tried at Destihl recently, this barleywine was by far my favorite. The high gravity is well hidden in the woody, earthy and roasted tones of this beer. Pours a beautiful ruby red to brown, a very tasty brew balanced very well.
valpoaj (597) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample FOBAB í12 - Didnít get as much of this as Iíd have liked, but enough to where I feel comfortable rating the beer. Aroma was quite boozy, with rye, roasted malts and some tropical fruit in the background. Flavor was quite tasty - full of sweet, sticky malts and tropical fruits, caramel and yeasty - pretty good overall, but the booze remained evident at a level that seemed like it could use a bit of time to mellow. Palate was not surprisingly a bit hot, but lasting and smooth otherwise. This brewery has impressed in the past and did not disappoint at the festival!
nimbleprop (3920) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at GABF. Pours a clear, brick red with some creamy beige head. Boozy nose, vanilla, malt, caramel, cake icing. Sweet, boozy flavor, tropical fruit, malt, cloves, coconut rum. Full bodied, salty, sticky finish. Smooth, nice.
daknole (8014) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium amber/caramel colored pour. Aroma hits with toffee, rye, graham cracker. Flavor is a bit hoppier than expected but gives way to the caramel, cream sherry, brown sugar and honey. Another really great beer from my favorite new brewery!
DuffMan (5824) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ the brewpub in Champaign. Medium amber, low off white head. Aroma is nice: sweet toffee witha nice spicy quality and maybe a bit of kirsch. Sticky sweet malty palate with spicy nuances and that kirsch-like quality founding the nose. Warming finish. I really liked this.
csaso (1144) - Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap - small thick head, dark brown color, sweet rye and alcohol aroma and flavor (very strong alcohol taste),
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Great Taste. Was surprised to see this one as it was unlisted in the program. Deep copper with an offwhite head. Nose is pretty nice. Spicy rye bread notes coupled with a deep caramel thing that is pretty nice. Faint hopping, but this is really about the malts. On taste, fully flavored with the rye layering in some needed dryness. Caramel dominates, in a good way. Good fermentation character. Definitely a fan of this one!
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Normal, IL). Pours a gorgeous rich copper brown hue, good glow, faint haze with a large light brown head atop that cakes a bit, stays decent sized with a healthy lacing. A gorgeous pour. Aromas are a rich malty melange of rye, touches of spice, caramel, toffee, biscuits, and toast. A touch of red licorice, with some light floral hops, but a deep down malty sweetness with some light complexity to the mix. Initial is a rich malty heavier bodied beer, throwing caramel, toffee, cherries and red stone fruit. Touches of red licorice, rye malts, faint spice, mellow smooth sweetness. Into the backend just a faint touch of heat, light floral hops bitter it just a touch as this barleywine stays true to a red fruit essence. A touch syrupy, with caramel, red cherries and currants. Finish is sweet and dry, mixing together with a sufficient hop bitterness, touches of toast, and light ABV heat (which doesnít detract at all). Nice, a bit sweet and red fruit dominant (and generally Iím very sensitive to cough syrup like red fruit), but not bad.