cgarvieuk (14287) - 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 (356) - 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 (3989) - 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 (1299) - 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 (6502) - 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 (1435) - 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 (2563) - 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.
Christian (11119) - 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.