MartinT (6928) - Montreal, Quebec, - FEB 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(July 2004 bottle; Thanks Eric!!)
Earthy maple syrup, caramel and vanilla engulf a few round cherries. Spicy alcohol fumes blend admirably well with some dessert herbs.
Lip-smacking maple syrup/sherry sweetness carrying some of the bark it was extracted from. An alcohol splash cools down the heavy yet well-balanced hops, as caramel and oranges give it a more traditional barley wine signature. A great barrel-aging job.
In respect and amazement, a patient woodsman keenly notices his slowly emerging target. Its going to make a splendid photograph.
Phillies08Champs (550) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from 17Nov2006 that I just got from Matt Capone. Pours a ruby red to slight burnt orange with some head. Nose is caramel, stove top hard candy, vanilla and toffee. first sip is similar but not quite as intense but still plesant. finish is sweet malty and clean with fruity aldehydes.
Changed (305) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy tan into a snifter, small head. Looks like sherry. Aromas are toffee, vanilla and cherry. Taste is wood, bourbon, vanilla, cherry, some toffee, and bitter hoppiness that is muted on the finish. Not nearly as sweet as I was expecting, and the booze is not real pronounced or hot. Hits all the right BW notes, and the oaky vanilla really rounds this one out. My favorite BW so far...
Iphonephan (1192) - Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a cloudy amber with a thin tan head. Vanilla laced oak aromas dominate the nose. Caramel, more vanilla and toffee blend into a delicious beer. Warming alcohol finish. Nice.
MrChopin (2527) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy amber orange, thin wispy ran oil, thinnest ring. Caramel nose and light oxidation, lightly toasty with bit of sugar. Flavor shows caramel and odd citrus, moderate sugar and toast with light pumpernickel, finish bitter cardboard, light caramel. Thin body, bit sticky.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of ryan. Pours a hazy orange brown with a tan head. Nice nutty bready aroma with notes of honey. Flavor is sweet and herbal. Lots of caramel and biscuit. Slight infected sourness. Alcohol burn in the finish.
GT2 (5647) - Riverslime, California, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL 2006 Ed thanks to ryan! Clear tea amber pour with weak head. Collar of white foam. Nose is a bit oxidized- minty, oranges, caramel, mild bourbon, hints of mold and mushroom. Pretty solid older Barleywine nose. Taste is minty, juicy, a bit sweet, mild paper. Not too boozy. Not too osprey. Small lemon tartness.
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Pastor (776) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle date 11/17/06. carbonation all but gone , oxidation is slight for the age . got a nice almost cherry note in the flavor . dam fine barleywine
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottling. Pours reddish tan into a snifter with no head. Looks like sherry. Aromas are toffee, vanilla and cherry. Taste is wood, bourbon, vanilla, cherry, some toffee, and bitter hoppiness that is muted on the finish. Not nearly as sweet as I was expecting, and the booze is not real pronounced or hot. Hits all the right BW notes, and the oaky vanilla really rounds this one out. The aging has helped, too, I am sure. Excellent!
Beerdedone (2338) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma was vanilla, caramel, alcohol and had some notes of oak. Flavor was relatively sweet & malty with vanilla, fruit, caramel, a bit of toffee and a touch of oakiness.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour is a ruby river water with one finger of off-white head; the head is nice, but dissipates quickly and leaves only the modest show of lacing. Nose is oak beams, tobacco, barn, dust, hay, burnt caramel, and a very syrupy malt. Taste is a clone of this nose. WoW!!! The woody, sweet earth takes over and fireworks go off on the pallet. This is one of the best BWs I have come across. The pallet takes the sweet, deep (almost perfume like) musk and stays thick, without the roast, from start to finish. Matt from Capone’s recommended this, and it did not disappoint!