bnoel09 (416) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bottle poured into a snifter. Dark amber color with a cream colored head. Aroma is dark fruit. Flavor is toasted malt with a good dose of molasses and dark fruits. Alcohol does not seem nearly as evident to me as other reviews have indicated. Medium bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall not an overly complex barleywine, but one that is quite nice and very drinkable.
hockeybeerguy (1853) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rcvd in trade. She pours a gentle hazy orange/amber/brown color and leaves the same color body with a slim half finger white foamy head with some light lacing that tries to cling but slides for the most part. The smell has a light citrusy juicy hops along with some earthy honey, figs, and dates that manage to come across really well. The taste is sweet and sticky through a smooth flavored honeyed hops, sweet sticky aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one wants to be a sipper, but comes across fairly sessionable, carbonation is slightly smooth and good for the style, perhaps maybe not as harsh as some American Barleywines, but hey good stuff. Overall, I say this is a wonderful American Barleywine that I would have again.
SamP01 (556) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2012. A honey colored hue on the pour, no head. Aroma is of sweet caramel vanilla woodsy essence, very fruity and yeast, some sweet alcohol esters as well. Taste is sweet caramel, honey and vanilla undertones, fruity, yeast and mild spiced hops, some dark intermingled fruit figs and dates. Palate is full flavored, creamy, smooth and nicely balanced wit good carbonation. The finish is a cornucopia of the aforementioned flavors and aromas, leaves a slight tongue numbing feeling from the alcohol, although it is well behaved. Aging seems to have mellowed it out, which I find enjoyable. Leaves a nice satisfyingly warm feeling. Overall a very good smooth and enjoyable brew.
Salmoniform (532) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle to glass. Amber hue with white head that lingered nicely. Aroma of sugar cookie, honey, malted barley, candi sugar, stone fruit. Mouthfeel is great with a full body and moderate carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout but not cloying. Slightly bitter following along with a nice CO2 sharpness. Nice ethanol in the finish. Overall, this is one of the best English style Barleywines that I’ve had.
AirForceHops (3099) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft Three Penny Taproom. 2010 vintage in a 10 oz. snifter. The nose is all kinds of dark fruits and overly sweet grapes. And still light tones of booze. Full bodied and warm smooth syrupy sweet palate. Good lord this is sweet! Over ripe grapes, deep caramel malt, prune juice, Belgian candy sugar and a light floral hop still hidden in the background. This is meant to age. Why would anybody drink this with less than a 2 years on it?? After this amount of time it’s a real enjoyable sipper.
Bule (728) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a reddy brown color without much head. Very sweet and sticky with noticeable alcohol sharpness,
Homer321 (1851) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2014
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Draft. A disgustingly sweet mess of jet fuel and booze. Warms the ears while tasting like butane
cstuartj (963) - Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, pours a very nice deep clear gold, nice thick head and laces well. big alcohol, malt and sugar nose. thick on the tongue, sweet, malty, visceral. clean lingering finish. yumm.
wchesser (1142) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2014
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 ’11 bottle on New Years ’14. Nail polish acetone leaps from the bottle on opening. Doesn’t bode well. Fades some after airing it out to a heavily oxidized sherry nose. Taste is acetone, cardboard. Mouthfeel is slick, but thin. Some piney hops bitterness. This is just terrible. I bought this in ’11 and it has been in rented wine cellar under temperature and humidity control ever since, so it was either poorly handled and stored before it got to me or this is just a terrible beer. Bottle says ’ages with the 3 best of them’...my @ass.
>>rerate...not changing score but would be 8 3 8 3 17-18 ~3.9 ’09 bottle. Nice sherry and port wine nose. Maderization but in a good way. Dark red fruit, cassis, lightly oxidized nutty sherry aromas. What this beer should be aged.
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Triangle Wine Co. Pours clear amber with a white head. Aroma is raisins, bready, a little malty as well. Taste is similar but with a little vanilla, syrupy, a little hoppy and pretty sweet with a nice alcohol burn at the end. Body is thick, heavy and oily. This is a huge, complex barleywine with lots of flavors and is very strong. I like this quite a bit.