BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft: Slightly hazy, deep copper with tan head. Looked lovely in the snifter.
Fruity, sweet, toffee/caramel notes. Perhaps a little too sweet for my tastes these days. Nice medium body...a little slick. Nice hop finish. If I could have dialed back the sweetness just a tad...awesome.
jbruner (1674) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy copper on tap with fluffy tan head and great lacing. Aroma of dust, sweet malts, and booze. Taste follows, heavy on the booze and thick in the mouth. Decent for a barley wine, but almost too much.
radio_nowhere (595) - Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle into large snifter glass. Clear deep reddish-amber color with very thin tan head. Aroma of fruits, caramel malt sweetness, booze and herbs. Taste is heavy syrupy malt sweetness, booze, some spiciness and some hop bitterness for balance. Heavy body, sticky and oily. Dry finish. Itís a beast thatís for sure, sipping slowly and aging the others.
alaimoa (11) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Color a nice reddish. Smells fruity and tastes smooth considering Hugh alcohol
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Tiger_08 (132) - Sarnia, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Jan 7 2013. 12oz bottle pours deep amber with some reddish hues and tight head. Aroma is boozy with hints of dark fruit. Not much depth in aroma or taste. Flavour gets consumed by high alcohol content which is overpowering at 15%. I like the warmth in the palate but the dates or figs add nothing so better off to drink some good brandy. From other sources it seems not to improve by aging. Disappointing from reputable brewery. I guess for high abv stick with abbey brews. This one is a failure.
DrSilverworm (3985) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, 2012 vintage, shared by Caterwaul. Clear red / orange amber color. Thin khgaki head. Good loose bits of lace. Big body. Very light carbonation. Very fruity big hop flavor, fig and dates evident. Mostly sweet, light bitter taste. 15% alcohol is well-hidden. Long fruity hop aftertaste. I dig it, even fresh.
agold (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2013 does not count
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled In: 2011 101
This beer is a dark caramel red-brown color with a just off white head. About 2 cm which recedes to a film shortly. Spotty lacing. Aroma is caramel, molasses, burnt sugar and fruit forward. A bit of heat, but very nice. Unfortunately this beer really doesnít deliver. Acetone, burnt sugar, heat, solventy, and figs. Sweet and solvents are the two words I would use to describe this beer. Mouthfeel is somehow worse. Thin, hot, mid level carbonation. If it was going to be that thin it needs to be less carbonated, and it needed a lot more body. Really not a good beer.
Serving type: bottle
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In no way does this beer feel like a huge 15% barleywine, which is what I was hoping for. It is very subtle, spicey, and sweet. The aroma is brings a tea to mind. Very herbal, honey and molasses sweetness. Apricot, mango, and bread. Tastes less vibrant than the nose suggests and more muddled - larger presence of the figs and dates. Feels medium bodied and very chewy. Would like to try a bottle post-burrial aging
Ret12 (447) - Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer had a nice fruity taste with a boozy aroma..delicious and not too overpowering
sjmckenzie (7) - Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smooth and tasteful
Exactly what your looking for in a barleywine ale. Absolutely phenomenal and a must try