BeerandBlues2 (8986) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Kevin. Pours hazy brown with a small, frothy light tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is vanilla, whiskey, oak, plum, figs, brown sugar, cookie and caramel malt, earthy and spicy hops. Flavor is whiskey, oak, vanilla, caramelized malt, light hops and medium bitterness, dark fruits and a sweet finish. Full body and light carbonation.
phaleslu (5701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks again, Blake! Pours a cloudy amber color with some small beige bubbles, but really no head. Aroma of cake, cookies, brown sugar, dates, raisins, toffee, and plenty of bourbon booze. The flavor is equally boozy, with bourbon, dates, caramel, brown sugar- kind of like the bourbon-soaked holiday bread my neighbors used to make for my family. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, coating mouthfeel. Pretty good, but could stand some carbonation.
JPDurden24 (1455) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour with lots of sweet flavors, dark fruit, some smoke and a little booziness. Good!
drowland (5890) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
6/29/13. 22oz bottle shared by nulledge at the epic BA barleywine tasting. Amber pour with a small khaki head. Decent aroma of barrel, vanilla, oak, caramel, and some brown sugar. Flavor is lightly sweet, maybe a touch heavy on the barrel, some booze, vanilla, and sugars. Didn’t blow me away.
rxeight (975) - Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent ba barleywine. Incredibly smooth. Bourbon is very light, doesnt have that back end bite, but makes it smooth and drinkable. Slight dark fruit. One of the best ba barleywines ive had.
TheEpeeist (3131) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle, 2012. Deep, clear garnet brown with a beige haze. Nose is caramel, buttered rum and bourbon banana. Hints of dark fruit and candied citrus. Drool. After the first sip i realize this could be tough to finish before the end of the Phil’s game (win!). Hot and sticky with building alcohol. Taste is caramel, vanilla and raisin that fades into bourbon and musty wood. I wish this tasted half as awesome as it smells. Maybe with some age if i get another bottle.
Ibrew2or3 (6436) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This 22oz bomber is courtesy of Doodler, thanks man! It pours with a clear copper body that supports a thin tan head. The aroma offers up raisins and prunes and brown sugar mixed with mild smooth bourbon notes. The taste is pretty darn smooth with prunes and raisin fruity esters sliding into firm levels of bourbon notes. At first it seems far too barrel forward but after a few ounces the balance with the beer notes came around and made for a more enjoyable experience.
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour, light tan head. Flavors of brown sugar, maple, honey, cane syrup, some light hops, oak, a hint of smoke. Nice.
jbrana (332) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JUN 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very sweet with strong flavors of caramel, bourbon, cookies, brown sugar, and raisins. Very rich and complex with minimal hop presence. Slightly less carbonated than I would like, but overall a really great barleywine.
Steve_0 (2106) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pour is murky brownish-amber with little-to-no head. Big toffee, caramel, light coconut, a hint of vanilla, somewhat nutty, figs, raisins, and almonds in the aroma. Taste is big figs, dark fruits, with a touch of spice and coconut through the middle, with lighter notes of sweet caramel and brown sugar, ending with a light alcoholic bite on the backend. Slick mouthfeel with almost no carbonation. Not a bad barley wine, and isn’t overpowered by the barrel treatment, at all, but the fact that it barely has carbonation really hurts it IMO.