valpoaj (730) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle aged for, well, quite a long time (> 5 years..possibly much longer). Enough noise when opening bottle to quell worries of it being massively oxidized. Pours black, minimal head, minimal carbonation, but not used motor oil. Aroma is, well, actually quite beautiful - tons of caramelized malt, toffee, booze, dark fruits...just very pleasant on the nose. Flavor is pretty impressive as well - similar to the aroma, the caramel flavor comes to the forefront with a ton of dark fruit flavor as well. The booze flavor is very evident, but it is incredibly smooth. Medium to heavy mouthfeel seems very appropriate. Ok, I admit, I should have tried this fresher, and now I want to see how it is fresh, because this was absolutely sublime with this much age on it (now I can admit it...this is probably from about 2007)
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ADfan (852) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The bottle pours a hazy amber color with a big head. The aroma is big with sweetness and some fruit like raisins and plums. Taste is more fruit and a big boozy taste. Long finish.
rumproasts (5054) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle. Deep ruby tinged amber with small head. Very sweet with caramel and raisin. Not nearly as harsh or boozy as I were expecting, though it’s still a sipper. Hops have either faded, or never were very prominent, but there are some citrus hops in the background. this is a nice solid barleywine that has aged well.
Gerbeer (3156) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish copper color with moderate head. Aromas of toffee, sweet malts, dried fruit and alcohol. Rich flavors of same but alcohol distracts. So are they saying this is a bad beer trying to be better steeped in figs?
beechner224 (1024) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a dark red copper color, white head. Aroma is sweet, dark fruits. Taste is strong sweetness, dark fruits, smooth. Get some booziness, but not strong for the ABV. Really nice beer.
dhatton (241) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear auburn body with limited head. Cloyingly sweet aroma of pipe tobacco, sweet bread, and fruit. Earthy taste accented by red delicious apples and chili pepper. Tingly astringent finish attempts to subdue the sweetness. Potent, but thoroughly enjoyable.
Savage_Night (425) - California, USA - JUL 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy Amber/light brown with a small khaki head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: caramel, roasty, alcohol, herbs, earthy, slight raisin, bittersweet fruit, little pineapple, spice, hop bitterness and light citrus. TASTE: caramel, malty, alcohol, hop bitterness, spice, roasty, tropical fruit, light citrus, herbs, spruce, earthy, peppercorns, red wine acidic, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar and slight vinegar. AFTER TASTE: spice, cinnamon, hop bitterness, malty and brown sugar with a oily rich finish and boozy warmth all the way through.
SG111 (1289) - New York, USA - JUL 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 10/27/14. Pours very clear orange ruby color. Very small ring of off white lacing on the outside. Very beautiful color. Aroma is (first and foremost) boozy, toffee, figs, dates, many sweet dark fruits, lots of candied sugar, and just a spot of citrus hops in the background to brighten this one up. Pretty much what you’d expect from a DFH high abv barleywine. Flavor is boozy. Lots of alcohol, lots and lots of heat from that, toffee, vanilla, figs, again candied sugar. But so boozy. It’s excellent but I think this one needs a few years on it. I would love to have this aged 2 years.
PartyFowle (954) - - JUN 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice bubbles, beautiful light copper color. An off-white head quickly recedes to a ring. Smells bright and fruity, with green apples, figs, flowers, and a certain sourness. A light alcohol burn is also noticeable, as is a slight metallic aroma. Sweet maltiness in the flavor. Dark fruits, raisins, prunes at the start. Bright citrusy fruit flavors hit at the swallow. A definite alcohol kick comes up through the nose after the swallow. The alcohol could’ve been more well-hidden, but then, this thing is 15%. Medium carbonation, very full-bodied, almost syrupy. Warmth assaults at the swallow. Due to the heavy body and very noticeable alcohol content, this is a sipper. I’ll finish this glass, but barely.