peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a very good BRITISH style barleywine. Hops take the backseat to some powerful malt here. Great example of malt flavor without being overly sweet. Oily laced head, and very full in the mouth. Would be great to be able to cellar this for a few years and get some positive oxidization.
arminjewell (8514) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, caramel, toffee,hints of earth, spice, touch of oaky notes. Taste is dark fruit, caramel, toffee, molasses, hints of earth into spice, yeast, some slight grass, finishing sweet, dry.
brokensail (12519) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Destihl. Deep amber pour with a khaki head. Heavy on the bread, toast, toffee, and caramel aromas. Dark fruit, light chocolate, and molasses. Woody, herbal hops. Lots of pine. Good malty sweetness to the flavor. Lots of toffee and caramel. Slight nuttiness as well as some dark chocolate. Dates, a bit of an herbal hop note, and a strong pine bitterness. Light alcohol flavor. Nice overall.
deyholla (7739) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from the tap at the Normal brewpub. Pours a clear deep amber with a creamy tan head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sweet grains with some toffee and a hint bread underlying. Flavor has a good amount of sweet grain with a hint of toffee that makes it quite drinkable.
DuffMan (7627) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ the brewpub in Champaign. Tawny amber, no head. Sweet raisin fruit, quite boozy, sticky toffee malts with floral hop character and assertive bitterness. A nice sipper.
jandd1983 (3050) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the Normal brewpub. It poured a hazy brown almost black color with a small tan head. The aroma was very boozy with raisins, vanilla, wood and some grains. The taste was of bourbon and similar to the aroma which balanced very well throughout. This was very good.
Strykzone (5391) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the brewpub. A amber beer thatbis hazy. An off white layer. Msome lacing. I smell big malts and more gentle fruit. First sip is candy flavor. Fruit, malts, and alcohol combine. Hybrid is a good word for this. I like the blending of the two.
hayduke (3583) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was sampled at the Normal Brewpub on my way up to Dark Lord Day 2013. It came in the glass a cloudy and rich amber color with an off-white head and moderate lacing. The first thing that greets you in the nose is a whiff of bourbon and then it settles down into sweet caramel malts and some floral hops. Medium plus to full in body with a smooth mouthfeel for such high alcohol content. The flavor is a delightful mix of malts and hops, with excellent balance. The wood is there also as of course is the bourbon. Finally there is some vanilla and ripe fruit in the bitter finish. This is an exceptionally big flavored and really easy drinking barely wine. Really good.
Rando7 (775) - Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Champaign Destihl in tulip. Thick dark reddish brown with minimal head by the time it got to me. Aroma mainly sweet caramel. Taste matched with sweet caramel and toffee, plus some hops. Described as an American barleywine, to me the hops were midway between the strong presence of many US barleywines and the minimal presence of the British barleywines. Palate thick but not sticky or syrupy. Finish mild to moderate hops. Slight alcohol apparent.
I liked it.
anders37 (18915) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ FoBAB 2009, Chicago, IL. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty hoppy caramel aroma with weak oaky hints. Has a sweetish malty darak fruit and caramel flavor with hoppy hints and hints of bourbon and vanilla. Has a sweetish malty hoppy bitter caramel finish with hints of vanilla and bourbon.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Tap] Pours a tawny brown color with a small white head. Sweet and alcoholic aroma of malts in addition to moderate hopping. The taste is mainly malty, with toffee, biscuit, caramel and bourbon. The hops are there as well, although they take a back seat to the malty backbone. Average mouthfeel for the style. Lingering bitter hop notes in the finish along with a small degree of alcohol warming. It was pretty good and I’d probably order it again.