sfontain (830) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, Andersons, $5.49(!). Pours raisin-colored with a very light tan head that at first appears as if it’s going to fizzle out but ends up becoming full and creamy with serious staying power. Aroma prune or raisin, burned caramel, booze, alcohol, dust, compost. Flavor is dark, super sweet, earthy, wood, maybe a hint of tobacco. Finish is overly sharp bitter; based on the commercial timeline this beer has been aged for a year as I drink this, and it’s not long enough. Medium-thick body is frothy in the mouth; heavily carbonated, quite sticky. I want to love this but the bitter kills it for me; otherwise this would be really great.
Homer321 (2498) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to slovaksniper. Pours nearly flat with just a few bubbles. somewhat hazy deep reddish color. Nose is full of caramel malts and starting to turn to dried fruits. Taste is moderately sweet, but at the same time well balanced. Light grassy flavors, with some alcohol becoming obvious in the chest after a couple sips. Remains bitter in every sip, and starts to become a booze bomb after many more sips. overall, very nice, but could use some rounding out to become more palatable.
rdixon77 (1387) - Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old rating. Pretty mahogany color. Rich, sweet barley wine with oak characteristics, caramel, and dark fruits. Slight hop bitterness. Full bodied.
maley1 (868) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper red pour with small off white head. Aroma of caramel, malt, hops and fruit. Taste of burnt caramel, hops, brown sugar, apricot, lychee and yeast. Full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. A touch too sweet but delicious nonetheless.
Jannick13 (135) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 bottle. Pours dark brown with ruby translucency and small tan head. Aroma of roasted caramel and hops. Taste is similar; rich caramel, hoppy bitterness but also some cereal poking through. As the brew warms I can taste an almost doughy aspect. Really nice.
fatbarbu (35) - sherbrooke, CANADA - FEB 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A louverture de la bouteille sa.sens le houblon resineu, lalcool et le metal.
Une belle biere nuageuse foncée rougeatre. Un tres beau col qui senfui et laisse une fine dentelle qui reste. Aspect assez liquoreux. Arome sucré de sucre dorge. Coulis de fraise. En bouche , lamertume du houblon et du malt est dominante. Cette chaleur dalcool se lrolonge longtemps.en finale et est portée par une effervescence assez elevée.Le corps est onctueux et tres plaisant au palais. Une amertume puissante transforme cette riche barleywine en quelquechose de bien original. Jai vraiment apprécié
Derek881 (1036) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A slightly thick pour with light sediment from the bottle to a pint glass. The beer had a deep mahogany-brown color blend with a small foamy off-white head that had short retention and lighter cling and lacing. The aroma featured a blend of roasty caramel, sugar, and dark fruit tones mixed with some earthy and grainy hops with a bit of bourbon and some yeast. The taste had a deep powerful taste of sweet dark fruits and sugar, that quickly gave way to a super strong bitter character with a hefty presence of alcohol. It was a well-carbonated beer with a very filling, thick mouthfeel and quite dry. Seems to be a well brewed beer, but somewhat intense for my taste.
Brentv (456) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle. Pours dark with a small off-white head and a slight lacing. Aroma and taste of dark fruits. Taste is nicely sweet for a barleywine, rich and delicious. No obvious hops. Full and creamy mouithfeel.
gde (12) - FRANCE - FEB 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Odeur orge, bois. Couleur brune clair mousse qui disparait. Amertume en bouche, l’alcool present. Tres long gout en bouche
jayzz (477) - Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious. The barrel is definitely the star of the show here, but the base barelywine is strong enough to push its way through and play a role as well. Though it might be a touch light in the body, it is definitely creamy and smooth enough, with lots of character and complexity worth pondering. Thanks again peensteen. Highly recommended.
Calisky (1415) - ALSACE, FRANCE - FEB 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of Jaghana.
Couleur brune sombre, reflets ambrés, mousse qui disparait. Nez fort malté, caramel cuit, orge, note reglisse, boisé chêne. Gout caramel un peu grillé, malt d’orge, cassonnade, fruits noirs (figues), petite amertume houblonnée. Corps liquoreux. Fin intense caramel grillé, douce et amère. Superbe!