LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Dark, muddy brown with some floaties. The head was modest sized and frothy.
Aroma: Dried dark fruit and dried tropical fruit.
Taste: Oak, ripe plum, pear, apple and peach. Lots of booze.
Mouthfeel: Thick with low carbonation.
Overall: A really tasty, mature barleywine.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml capped bottle. Coffee brown with a thin beige ring. Nose was fairly faint with some roasted and caramel malts, some underlying spice as well. The flavor starts with caramel, toffee, light spice and some dry oak on the finish. I really liked how this brew was not an overwhelming toffee or booze bomb.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Woodshop 5.0 Hazy murky pour. Nose is sweet and mild spice nose. OK. Taste is similar. Some caramel and spiciness. Not remarkable is what I wrote, but that was after some of the best beers on earth. Go figure.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Woodshop 5.0 I believe this was from a Growler. Pours muddy. Nose is sweet, taste is sweet and a little too much on the boozy side.
adrian910ss (2371) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared with Scott at the GL. Pours a muddy brown caramel with a tiny bubbly beige top. Aroma is boozy with wine and oak notes, vanilla, and caramel toffee. Taste of oak, vanilla, wine barrel notes, and caramel toffee. Leaves a toothpasty aftertaste. Grainy.
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to beerlando. Bourbon, vanilla and caramel. Something off in the finish.
Sledutah (5100) - Utah, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle shared by footbalm, thanks
Appearance: Dark murky brown with a small tan head
Aroma: Dark fruit, oak and caramel
Taste: Smooth mouthfeel. Oak, vanilla, booze, earthy
Very nice Barley Wine, smooth.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark and completely opaque chestnut brown color with deep dark golden caramel hues when held to a light source and a barely noticeable yellowish beige head that immediately disappears. I gave this a very aggressive pour and itís almost completely still with just a few bubbles floating on top.
Earthy and leathery malt aroma with lots of complexity in the nose. Hints of toffee and biscuit along side a lot of leathery caramel malt. Thereís also a prominent oak presence but it isnít too earthy with lots of sweet vanilla and alcohol notes. Only slightly tannic with a minimal vinous character. Thereís also slight chocolate and a prominent dark fruit character, especially dark cherry and grape.
Even though it appears still, the carbonation level is consistent with the style. Medium bodied with a very prominent earthy and leathery malt flavor along with a lot of sweet hot alcohol. The malt character is really intense with lots of toffee and caramel as well as some biscuit, toasted coconut and subtle chocolate. The oak presence is also very strong with a lot of earthy wooden tones. Itís kind of a strange sensation to taste such a wood like flavor in a barrel aged beer. I find most of the time that the liquor used in the barrel tends to dominate the flavor but the opposite is true in the case of this beer. The sweet red wine presence is subtle and oak is much more powerful. Dark fruit notes are evident, especially grape, dark cherry, plum, fig and raisin. Sweet from the wine and strong alcohol content with lots of warmth in the finish. Overall, itís pretty complex but a bit too hot at this age.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malts, dark ripe fruit, oak, vanilla, alcohol, slight red wine, slight tannin, slight raisins, and slight honey. Poured brown in color with a tiny, tan head that lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Cloudy. Not sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of oak, vanilla, booze, malt, light dark ripe fruit, slight tobacco, slight tannins, slight hops, and wood. Full body. Smooth, viscous, slightly dry texture. Soft carbonation. Malt, alcohol, oak, slight vanilla, finish. Very woody.
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lightly hazy red brown color with a tight off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, vanilla, wood, toast, red wine, caramel malts, nuts, and alcohol. Taste of vanilla, red wine, citrus, pine, tobacco, wood, grapefruit, and a rummy alcohol finish.