Christian (10754) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBESG August 2011, grand tasting. Amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of dried fruit, toffee, port and alcohol. Sweet malty and fruity flavour with vineous alcohol.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes, growler at CDC tasting. Pours out a nice deep copper/amber hue. Aromas are dark fruits, earthy, leathery, some must, malty. Palate is pretty balanced ripping hops up front with a slightly sweet finish. I really want this one to age, I think this over time would be one of the best in its category.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark ruby red color that’s completely opaque with a 1.5 finger frothy off-white head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting cap/ring. Large rings and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.
Earthy aroma with a nice balance of floral and citrus hops, estery fruit notes and leathery malt. The hop presence is stronger than expected with hints of grassy pine and lots of sweet citrus. This is complimented by the light fruit notes from the yeast. The malt presence becomes more prominent as it warms with some earthy, leathery notes. Hints of caramel, toffee, dark fruit and toast.
Medium bodied with a strong hop presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a sweet, slightly dry finish. Some dry, bitter notes with hints of grassy pine followed by some sweet citrus. The malts are pretty tame for a barleywine without being overly musty/leathery. Hints of nut, caramel and toffee as well as a sweeter dark fruit character. Subtle sweetness and boozy heat in the finish but the high ABV is well masked making it easy to drink. Well balanced but feels more like a strong ale than a barleywine.
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 (8349) - 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 (15299) - 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 (2612) - 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 (2460) - 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 (5455) - 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 (6585) - 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.