AmykalH04 (35) - - JUL 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A- Pours a burnt orange with a nice light tan head. Head retention doesnt hold for very long.
S- I get dark fruit which obviously comes from the figs and dates. if it wasnt for the label i might say currants.
T- Seriously smooth for 15% with a great dark fruit finish. Sweetness from the caramel malts but a good sweetness.
M- Medium bodied with a great coat.
O- Awesome what they did with this beer. so strong but yet so well balanced.
Weezel (242) - Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle. Spicy rye on the nose. Taste is mellow figs, raisins, burnt sugar, toffee with a grape finish. Super chilled out after a little rest and the alcohol is very well hidden.
orangesol (984) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Three year vertical, ’11-13. I decided the 2012 was my favorite so I will write my review for that one.
A - Pours murky brown with a decent one finger tall khaki colored head, quickly dissipating down to a very light film, leaving little to no lace on the sides of the glass.
S - Smells of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dash of earthy hops, bit of dried fruit and plenty of mildly toasted malt. Definitely sweet, booze starts to creep in once it warms up a bit.
T - Starts off with the strong sugary sweetness; mainly made up of the aforementioned toffee, caramel and brown sugar; slowly being joined by the dried fruit, toasted malts and the ever present booze. Finish is plenty sweet with a mild booze burn, lingering long after the finish.
M - Medium-Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel with a bit of booze burn at the end of each sip.
O - This was easily the best of the three. The ’11 was a malt bomb and nothing else and the ’13 was still a little raw. If you are going to age these I would say two years is the perfect amount.
jsnicholas (400) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2014 Bottle (12oz) dated 2007 (7 years old). Pours a cloudy brown with a lot of floaters. I had very little head.Light carbination. Not real familiar with Bareley WIne, but this tastes almost more like a wine than a beer. Lots of sweetness, alcohol hit you first and has a nice warming. I might save the rest for winter.
Update: Bottled 2014. This was quite a bit better than the aged bottle (not reaaly a surprise to me). Nice head, medium carbonation. Somewhat sweet but not too much. Was 3.8, now 4.0.
AlmostHome (44) - Gulfport, Mississippi, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent Barleywine, great thick head and full taste. Finishes strong. Dark color.
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solidfunk (5476) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Walks a rare line that marks a drinkable good barley wine without being excellent or a horrible mess. Sweet malt, some bitterness and some booze. Good balance. Syrupy sweetness at a tempered level, light citrus, of which this beer would do better with a light touch more, but otherwise good. On tap at DC Summerfest.
BrewGoblin (569) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Velvety brown syrup poured proudly out of this bottled bugger. It dates a fig and kisses the raisins right off of her toffee. Sits oily and thick on the licker machine, keeps the flames flickering with alcohol and roasty nutty malt. Olde is the new New.
krumbum (731) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The drinking directions on this bottle was the inspiration for us burying a box of 6 beers for a year which we dug up and drank and then buried 12 more for next year. This was a caramel brown frothy but quick fading head. Huge smell of dried fruit, figs, dates leather and tobacco. Tastes like black liquorice with sweet finish. Second bottle was a clear reddish amber with a much stronger taste.
MaroonOrange (137) - - MAY 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown color with creamy head and nice lacing. Aromas of wood, plums, figs, and citrus. Strong flavor with noticeable alcohol up front.
rougeau13 (2215) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Bright red-amber with a khaki head. Taste is sweet and just a hint boozy; lots of sweet fruit and caramel. Also very mild bitterness. Full bodied, and thick like oil. Aroma of dark fruits, toffee, caramel. Heavy and strong. Good stuff.