wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Still, whiskey-like amber with only a hint of bubbles rising to the surface. Aroma is sweet with noticeable hops and some alcohol. The flavor is strongly sweet like candy with a substantial presence of hops in the front and finish. The alcohol is hidden well overall. The palate could use a little more carbonation but for the most part this beer is the best I’ve had from Duclaw yet.
Stine (1759) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Arundel Mills location. Deep auburn in color and somewhat milky in consistency. Beautifully rich and poignant aroma of white chocolate mousse layered with strawberries, cantaloupe, and peppermint throughout; lively and sweet breaths of toffee, warm cinnamon bread and almond frosting in succession. Thoroughly unique in its own portrait of the transcendent dessert. Flavor presents similar tones of bold, polished sweetness; new oak, vanilla, and caramel, under a layer of bitter pine resin. Black licorice, earth, and seared creme brulee crust; leans toward cloying with delicate, knowing restraint. Papery fruit peel begins to win out with a kind of wilting character in red apple and orange rind dominance, while the rich, approachable aperterif qualities begin to fade, eventually to be mostly submerged. Medium bodied and presenting itself with a very modest touch of alcohol, which is altogether well bridled. Swiftly finishing. Balanced and unique; a memorable example.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of hops, vanilla, and citrus. Great hop character to start with a nice sweet caramel malt backbone. Great balance.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle RBSG 07. Orange pour with a short light tan head. Aroma of bright earthy hops and toasted malt. Flavors of caramel malt, spices , citrus, pine and some fruit elements. Medium/thick body bittersweet, with a bittersweet finish.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Probably one of the best BW’s I have had so far. Not sure of the date of this bottle but I checked the site for availability so I believe its a 2006. Not aged much but still not "hot’ as I expected. Very warming alcohol but has no burn. Very rich and smooth but goes down easy. Maltlicious with hints of sweet fruits and molasses as well as some roasted malt. Body like syrup but a thin syrup not like any old aunt jemima’s. Does not feel like over 12%. Very drinkable and delicious.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009
Date: July 14, 2006
Appearance: hazy amber, thin fine tan head
Aroma: strong sweet malt aroma with a nice fruity character and some earthy hops
Body: very creamy body
Flavor: huge malt flavor, perfect balance with great hop flavor and big fruity malt, just a hint of alcohol, touch of sweetness
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 10/10; Overall: 18/20
Date: February 13, 2009
Appearance: hazy dark amber, wispy off white head, bits of lce
Aroma: sweet candy caramel and vanilla aroma that turns very earthy
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, well balancing earthyness starts to dry it out
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
decaturstevo (5779) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBSG 07 grand tasting. A clean amber pour with a sticky lacing and almost no head. A nose that reeks of citrusy hops. A semi sweet/hoppy smooth textured drinker that is about as well balanced as it could be. Good carbonation and a full bodied palate. This is the way a beer should be.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Arundel Mills at the X-mas in July party. Vintage 2005. FINALLY, after all my long trips to the area- I get to catch this elusive beer. Pours a deep hazy amber, with red highlights and a pale yellow head. Aroma of rich caramelly malts and fruity esters, which subside as it warms. Sharp carbonation and medium texture. Initial flavor of caramel and citrus that transitions to a bold hoppy middle, that feels slightly dry on the palate. Bitter and warming finish that lingers. Alcohol has melded into the beer quite nicely. I enjoyed this beer, especially because it was packed full of american barleywine flavor without being too rich. Thanks to Jim for releasing this vintage keg.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting. Clear golden amber with a yellowy head. Sweet grapefruit and something like port in the nose. Full, satin body. Sweet caramel malt flavors balanced with bitter orange and grapefruit and herbal hop. Just a touch too sugary, but still a very good BW!
FlacoAlto (4147) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brewed 2006, Sampled July 2007
Pours with a three-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, light cranberry tinged, full amber colored beer. The aroma is a mix of herbaceous hops and ample, concentrated malt. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, boozy-brandied over-tones, toasted grain, syrup-crusted soda crackers make up the malt notes. The hop aromas at times contribute a soft berry-like note to this beer as well as a soft pine-like note and almost even a winter-green character. The malt & hops do combine to give this an aromatic fruit component, but it is only noticeable at times.
Fairly sweet, especially considering that this is not the thickest or richest Barleywine out there. The sweetness accentuates a soft, berry like flavor that runs throughout this beer. A herbaceous hop character is also found in this beer, but becomes the most noticeable note towards the finish where it is something like a mix of resinous pine and rosemary notes. Citrusy hop components play a role here, though somehow the straight-forward malt sweetness turns them into berry like flavors; at times notes of bergamot, tangelo and candied orange peel are quite noticeable. As the beer warms up the candied orange peel flavors become quite a bit more noticeable. A solid bitterness is noticeable from beginning to end, though it does not quite tame the simplistic malt sweetness, but it does make a good attempt.
This certainly hides the alcohol quite well, I never would have guessed it was near 12%, though this would never be mistaken for a light weight. The hop character is still fairly vibrant, and this certainly has not picked up much age or oxidation yet. This beer becomes more enjoyable as time goes on; it has become a fitting beer to end the night on.