Ibrew2or3 (6523) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of beer rating maven hopdog, thanks Steve! Pours clear amber with thin tan head. The aroma is yummy with brown sugar, dates, prunes and some mild caramel notes followed by booze. The taste is similar with brown sugar coated prunes, raisins and cherries along with some rich malt sweetened pine hops off in the background. Yummy smooth stuff where all the age on it has done nothing adverse to the experience.
LIVEFAST (62) - Mount Misery, Valley Forge, - NOV 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ogre-sized bottle poured into Tired Hands stemware. Ruby/chestnut, light tan head. Nose is faint, consisting of mostly sweet caramel malts. Sweet caramel emerges for just a second before the tannic red wine takes over. A bit of acetone in the finish. Full bodied with spot on carb. Overal, quite dry and barrel dominent...the bottles I opened last year were much more balanced. Fresh batch please!
daknole (8540) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black Friday tasting. Quite an interesting brew. All of the normal flavors in a BW you would expect then the mix of the pinot barrels and hops...quite unique and good.
Phillies08Champs (661) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown to slight red. But with little headbut good mouth feel. Nose is malty but slight vanilla. First sip is malty goofiness with dry wine like feel. Complex flavors of oak, vanilla brown sugar. Finish is clean. Very good stuff.
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big barleywine aroma dark fruit, light fruit brown sugar jammy wine, some oak. Like the aroma. Pours amber hazt, nice creamy legs. Wood on top of toffee, apple caramel lots of wine vanilla tangy awesome balancew. Smooth light to medium carb. Solid stuff. I like this.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
thanks riversideak! boozy caramel nose, dark mousey body. rich bourbon body, some apple. yummy.
Damico (2356) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This pours auburn amber with a small but decent head. The barleywine smells smooth and sweet as it should, especially barrel-aged. There are pleasant berry notes. An excellently balanced carbonation makes this malty barleywine go down smooth with a slight, welcoming, warming finish. There are light woody earthy notes to round it off. Well done Philly! Love those pinot barrels from Chadds Ford.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I initially had this on draft @ the brewpub Dec 2009, and subsequently have had it in bottles twice. Pours deep brown with a medium sized tan head. Aroma is on the sweet side with notes of chocolate, vanilla, and mild hops in the background. Chocolate hits the palate first, but is soon overwhelmed by oak. Chocolate and vanilla play a supporting role. Oak lingers on the palate more than anything else, with some mild chocolate hanging out as well. Alcohol warms a bit in the finish. Nice initial barrel release.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a cloudy amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, roasted malt, cherry, char, and chocolate. Flavor of caramel malt, vinous, bread, rum raisins, vanilla, and light char.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent offering, well worth the money and i’d possibly get it again. Just didn’t knock my socks off.