Leighton (9641) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting, London. Pours clear ruby with a filmy, white head. Old hops in the aroma, with notes of caramel and straight sugar. Very sweet flavor rife with toffee, fruits, malt, caramel. Awesomeish. Full bodied with average carbonation. Mildly warming finish with moderate bitterness, sweet brown sugar and caramel. Very, very good beer.
mnoud (244) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012.02.22 - On tap at Always Ron’s. Light to medium copper color. Very sticky head which stays wherever it has touched. Taste is pretty good, seems like a quite hoppy flavor yet smooth and controlled, not overbearing.
swoopjones (5250) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Coles Barleywine Competition 2012. Copper colored pour. Decent flavor of rich malts, light dark fruits. Carbonation seems somewhat off. Tobacco notes, somewhat harsh finish
cgarvieuk (12877) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle at RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting ... dark amber ... thin white head ... soft sweet fruity tofee malt nose ... barley wine soft toffeee... sweet vanilla ... little rough
jckp64 (355) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours cloudy brown with little to no head at all. Aroma is caramel malts, brown sugar, dry fruits and vanilla. Flavor is not quite what I was expecting from the aroma. light caramel malts, wood and brown sugar. Light bodied with little to no carbonation.
drfabulous (3574) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce thanks to Elwood. Slightly malty and somewhat fruity barleywine. Toffee and some caramel. Nice.
beernbourbon (1249) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by John at STL RB gathering. Pour is light brown with almost no head. Aroma is a strange combo of maple syrup and raw pumpkin with hints of brown sugar and light spice. Flavor is very buttery with hints of sweet malt and light bitterness followed by a sugar smooth finish. Not bad, but not quite as bold as expected.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle shared by jckp64 at the STL RB Gathering- thanks, John! Pours a mostly clear amber color with a tiny beige head. Aroma of caramel malts, brown sugar, dry fruits, and vanilla- pretty spot-on for a barley wine. Then the flavor falls out- tea, wood, grass, brown sugar, and a bit of medicine. Light-bodied, with a thin, bitter mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Kind of a letdown but not bad.
seymour (1307) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Saint Louis Ratebeer Gathering in a tulip glass. Poured a cool reddish copper color with weak beige foam, very little lace. Powerful caramel and toffee aromas. Interesting flavor balance, more highly hopped than many Barleywines (hence the "American-style" description, I suppose.) However, the malt sweetness was less complex than expected, thin body, and the mouthfeel was strangely watery. The high alcohol percentage could be felt, but wasn’t too harsh. Pretty good but definitely not 98% good, in my opinion.
jandd1983 (2050) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the St. Louis RB gathering. It poured a clear amber color with no head. The aroma was malt, hops, citrus and bitterness. The flavor was citrus, malt, slight sugar, and bitterness. A very good Barley Wine.