devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours from the bottle with a sparkling, clear, almost pinkish medium brown color, but almost no head. The aroma is disappointingly muted, with only a mild grainy sweetness and a light pine character being discernable. The flavor is more forward, with woody hops being balanced against subtly sweet caramel malts. Itís not too boozy or sweet as many barley wines can get, and rather just provides a full balance of flavors. The medium body and light carbonation further help this one from getting too syrupy. Overall, despite being comparatively mellow for a 10% barley wine, the rich flavors one would expect still come through.
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark fruit aroma with some great caramel and malt flavor and a good underlying bitterness. Flavor is a good hoppy bitterness with good raisin and caramel undertones. Does not leave much lingering on the tongue. Overall a solid beer.
ndfreak77 (126) - USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My very first Barley Wine, so I do not have a comparison. Nice floral and grassy aroma. Pours medium orange and hazy with a slight head. Initial taste of sweet fruitiness gives way to a slightly bitter finish. Overall a very tasty beer that I would definitely purchase by the case or even keg. At 10.6% abv it packs a little kicks.
dliberto (216) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2014 Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark reddish brown with a small white head. Aroma is close to that of a port or a sherry wine. Tastes of caramel, dark fruit, citrus, vanilla, and candy sugar. Light bodied, light carbonation, almost an oily feel.
Boutip (5025) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a murky brown color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of deep caramelized malt with quite a bit of green hoppy notes. Taste is also a mix between some overly sweet caramelized malt with some stalled green hops that donít really mix that well with the malt backbone. Body is about average with medium-to-low carbonation and light apparent alcohol. There is something off balanced in this beer that I didnít particularly enjoyed.
Luvystypotables (938) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber colored without much head, aroma of fruity, grain and hops. Balanced taste of hops, citrus and bread. Slightly bitter palate of citrus rind.
mike5326 (1082) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle. Dark orange color, small white head. Fruit and alcohol smell. Sweet malt and alcohol flavor with a sweet finish.
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Theydon_Bois (11550) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Christine and Daves, big thanks to DLJ, 29/11/13.
Lightly hazed dark amber/chestnut brown with a moderate off white covering.
Nose is earthy, dark toffee, dark fruits, sugars, hop presence, bitter tropical notes.
Taste comprises caramelised sugars, piney tang, tropical fruit medley, bitter orange, red gragpefruit, sugars, light booze.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet closure with lightly warming booze.
Respectable Barley Wine - alcohol well integrated.
Beerman6686 (5054) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
this one poured a murky brown color with a beige head. Aroma was of caramel, dark fruits and booze. Flavor was similar, lightly hoppy bitterness with lots of caramel sweetness. Typical barleywine.
MadRobin (2249) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Slightly hazy, bright coppery orange with a very small off-white head and very good lacing.
Aroma of tropical fruit, bread, citrus, honeydew, peach and caramel.
Taste of tropical fruit, citrus, caramel, pine, pears and figs.
Full body and medium/low carbonization.
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