boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crimson highlights are barley visible underneath the murky dark amber body. A thin head forms and recedes quickly, fully. The aroma has tons of caramel, but in a surprise twist it also spews forth notes aplenty of vanilla. Plenty of aromatic hops, decently masked alcohol and ample toastiness, along with light molasses. The flavor is lightly to mildly bitter, moderately astringent, medium sweet and preety nice overall. The finish somewhat bitter and medium in duration. Mouthfeel is very smooth, medium-full bodied and sticky. Very low carbonation throughout allows easy focus on different subtleties. A great barbeque barleywine, from experience.
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap @ Bowie location. Light brown color w/no head. Strong alcohol aroma. I was dissapointed in this one, just way too rough for me. Just tasted like alcohol, like doing a shot of whiskey. No sweetness, nothing to balance out the high alcohol flavor. I’ve heard a lot of people rave @ this, & maybe it gets better w/age-I hope so since I have a bottle ageing, but I couldn’t even finish it. Just too hot for me.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 On tap at DuClaw in Bowie, MD. Snifter glass. Clear copper/burgundy with little head. Aroma was sweet fruit, caramel, apricot, and citrus hops. Taste was sweet fruit, hops and alcohol. A surprising amount of hops, here. A hoppy/bitter finish with a bit of alcohol. Damn fine.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to StewardOfGondor for sharing this. Pours a clear dark golden color. Very small off white head. Aroma of sharp hops and booze. Sweet pine. Flavor is sweet, smooth, alcohol spiciness, very easy drinking. Tasty!
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big ass bottle from kmweaver. Orange amber color with nice size white head. Aroma of caramel and mild hops. The taste was rich, sweet, and malty. Caramel and slight vanilla flavors. Mild hoppy finish.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
07 vintage, handbottle, courtsey of my main man Yaniv! A prelude to Barleywine Armageddon ’08 (tomorrow!). Amber clear reddish with a grey head. Overripe amarillo hops giving off that garlicy sort of note. a bit sweet, with some alcohol and slightly toasty astringency. Thin, and lightly carbonated, ala handbottle. Pineapply garlic past prime hops. Alcohol. Light malt. Drier than the nose suggests, thought definite caramel. A bit of fruit, straw. Lingering hay to grassy hops. I would have guessed American strong ale, as this is a bit too hot and low on the sweetness to be a barleywine, IMHO.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown/amber color. Aroma and flavors are pure delicious hops. Flavor is hops, brown sugar and toffee. Super sweet. A world class BW, but a little sweet for my tastes.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at RDF: Dark brown apperence with almost no nose. Flavor of heavy choclate. Very different for a barleywine.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Eric, this is the third time he’s tried to get a growler of this to a gathering I was attending and it was the charm. A sweet, mild, caramelly, syrupy ale with an ever so slight alcohol burn on the lips. The hops are mild, soft, slightly spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon), and the malts are dark, with figs, oxidized apples, and plenty of toffee. And excellent sipper that leaves your lips and entire mouth feeling indulged, sticky, and smooth, with a gentle nearly-floral aftertaste.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2005 WCC2-Poured a deep ruby red color with a creamy off-white head. Sweet fruity nose. Peaches, raisins, plums, and carmel flavors with a little hop thrown in. Dry finish