hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with a year of age, pours a nice caramel color with thin off white head and lots of lacing. Aromas are alcohol, dark fruit and pine. Taste is hot from the alcohol, caramel malts, raisins, and a nice hoppy finish. Overall, a very good American barleywine.
FatPhil (8116) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (RBESGG2011, Grand Tasting)
Sweet malty aroma, a touch mashy. Boring mashy body. Sticky, but nice hoppy finish that tingles with bitterness. Alcohol not too prominant, which is a blessing at this strength. Underwhelmed, though. Perhaps they should have aged this for a year or two before selling it, as the mashiness is just way too young.
anders37 (14818) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity spicy dark fruit aroma. Sweetish fruity malty spicydark fruit and caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy dark fruit finish.
tgncc (2508) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is a pleasing frui, raisin, toffee, bread combination. The appearance is amber, cloudy, off-white head. The flavor is fruits, raisins, peaches, caramel, toffee. Not as sweet as you might think, though. The finish is resinous hops, lingering. Medium/thick to thick in body, sticky mouthfeel. Very, very nice.
Beerdedone (2394) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel, brown sugar, toffee and some fruit. Flavor was quite sweet and malty with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit, and a touch of vanilla with a sticky medium to full body.
Braudog (5376) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Poured a muddy brown color. The initial buzz of a head quickly quit, but what was left was a virtual latticework along the outside of the glass. The initial aroma is light but vaguely sugary; this drinks with a biting edge, but a definitive doughiness. (#4202, 8/14/2011)
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at BCTC Saturday night back at camp. Pours a lightly hazed amber with a thin white head. Big sticky sweet malt, loads of caramel and toast. Rather sweet, caramel. Sweet caramel, touch of soft bitterness on the finish.
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A nice hoppy sticky barley wine.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed approximately 9 months after purchase, given to me a BA dude.
The look: Almost clear dark amber body topped by a very small beige head
In long: Nose is on the hoppy side of things for a Barley wine, which is a good thing. Aromas of fruity resinous hops, apricots and heavy malt caramel backbone. Taste is cookie dough, a lot of caramel, apricots concentrate, pineapples, toffee, apple juice concentrate, resinous hops, soft candies, oily nutes, light notes of cooked vegetables. Carbonation was very smooth and I thought the body had a very oily texture, maybe a bit too much so. The oily body, rich caramel and resinous hops all add up to create a very sticky sensation. Overall I liked this beer, good malt-hops confrontation. I liked that Devil’s Milk, but imho the true devil’s milk is low fat nature yogurt.
gunnfryd (9379) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is licorice, malt, hop, caramel, alcohol. Flavour is licorice, malt, hop, alcohol, caramel, dried fruits. Full bodied nice beer.
PhillyCraft (2595) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2013 On tap. Pour is a hazy red orange. Medium head, lacing is awesome spidery trails with heavier spots. Aromas and taste are truckloads of coconut, mounds bar, soft wood, butterscotch, dark cherry, almond, milk chocolate. Taste is the sweetest chocolate coconut easter egg with spicy, fuely hops, and crystal malts. This beer was unreal. Had a 2012 bottle recently and it was a huge letdown compared to the max’s version a couple years ago. Moved it down a few ticks.