BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
06 bottle shared by Crosling. Poured a deep reddish-amber color with a thick, dense beige head that slowly receded to a thick layer and left some good lacing. Bland aroma with some soft fruit (apple, light orange), a tiny hint of brown sugar, and some oxidized hops. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with some caramel malt and a bit of brown sugar with light hints of apple that lead into an abrasive, oxidized hoppiness that really throws the flavor off. Low carbonation, abrasive dry finish. This beer seemed to be getting a lot of talk for a while, but I am not sure why.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2008
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Burgundy colored beer with a super thick, densely creamy head that lasts really well. Some nice elements in the nose (a touch of smoke, apple, grapefruit,) but it’s mostly very unpleasant, shows a lot of oxidation, dullness and even a light manure note. Flavor is very dull and oxidized, with cardboard notes and a light note of manure. Has a pleasant caramel-like sweetness with some fruit notes. Not crazy about aged American barley wines as I think they tend to oxidize too quickly and this is another example that validates my opinion. Not enjoyable, basically a drainpour.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2015 10/5/2008 - 25.4 oz bottle, 2006. Dark but clear rosy brown with a coating, bubbly tan froth. Gets cloudy. Nose is caramel, honey and clove with light floral. Thick and chewy; seductively melts away with each sip leaving airy alcohol. Taste is woody butterscotch, melon and strawberry with smooth bitter citrus peel to balance. Earthy and luscious. Not too sweet. 8/1/2009 - Yellow wax, 2007. Sweeter than the previous year with maple and caramel. Taste adds candied orange peel with a pithy bitterness to add some balance. Added a point for aroma. 6/29/11 - Blue wax, 2009. Nice aroma of caramel, raisin, dates and orange peel. Medium body with almost no carb. Taste is maple, tobacco, oak and stale coffee. Not as bright as other years iíve sampled interestingly at about same age. This got inverted in the company fridge for a few hours which may explain the leakage after peeling off the wax and possibly the low carb. But the cap was rusted so maybe some kind of bottling issue? Hmmm... Still OK but i would have given this a 3.8. Taking a point off my overall rating for palate. 10/22/11 - Green wax, 2008. Cloudy brown with a few bubbles. Nose is caramel, raisin, plum and vanilla. Medium to full body with a light tingle. Taste is butterscotch, baked apple and plum. Finishes with bitter grass. Lovely balance with residual stickiness. Smooth and soothing; best of the ones iíve tried. Add a point for taste. 6/16/12 - Indigo wax, 2010. Caramel but not so much raisin. Maybe hoppier with candied orange peel and grass but not bitter. Hints of cherry. 12/23/15 - Violet wax, 2013. Aroma of apple, wood, maple and berries. Taste is butterscotch, apple juice, wood, pith and rose water. Still the woodiness I would expect but a bit more fruity this time around. 4.0
lb4lb (2584) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by thickfreakness. Thanks dude!
Pours a really rich, dark and hazy toffee color with a short lived beige head. Smell is really malty, rich, like melted caramel, and has that "aged" mellowed smell to it as well. Taste is creamy, rich caramel, but balanced by a nice light hop presence to make it very drinkable and enjoyable. Nice warm and toasty bread flavor to go along with the sweetness of the malt. Pretty good stuff.
Beerdedone (3215) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. #1059/1300 06 Pours a hazy dark copper color with a two finger off-white head and has great lacing. Aroma is caramel, fruity esters, toffee, figs, and some floral notes. Flavor is smooth and creamy with caramel sweetness, brown sugar, dried fruit, toffee, and a hint of raisins. Medium to full bodied with a nice alcohol warming finish.
juiceisloose (1302) - Windermere, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 vinatge bottle courtesy beerlando. This one pours a dark hazy orangish brown color with a small foamy tan head. The aroma is full of dark fruits, sweet caramel and toffee malts, oaky vanilla, and some hops. The flavors continue the same way with the fruits and sweet caramel and toffee up front with a good amount of hops lending bitterness and spices to the taste. The oak seems to mellow things out, but there is still a good amount of bitterness on the backend. There is a good amount of alcohol heat there as well. The body is full with a smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation. There is a bitter sweet finish with some heat added as well. The alcohol was hidden pretty well for being so high, which leads to easy drinkability. This was a solid barleywine.
Theis (15119) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2009 Bottle at EBF - thanks to Ungstrup for the last centiliters of the bottle... he got it somewhere else !!! Dark amber - offwhite head. Very nice and balanced, sweetness, fruityness, berries, bread, candy, spicy, prunes, raisins, nice malty, nice hoppy. Lovely - thanks for the taste !!!.....................Again: #14 - Amerikaner Blind-Smagning 29-Maj-2009 hos Papsoe. Bottle. (7/4/8/4/17)
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A rich amber brown, Gratitude graces my glass with her liquid girth. An almost immediate head forms and fades into a small layer on top. A couple good swirls and an array of brussels lace grace the side of my glass. Her nose is sweet and her body is thick, but not so thick I can’t get my mouth around her and enjoy the luscious depths inside. A slight coating affect in my mouth and on my tongue, but only faint so I don’t feel weighed down. Her palate is replete with hints of wood, cinnamon, apples, cherries, and maple syrup. Hints of caramelized sugar? A bit creamy and definitely a sweeter maltier Barley Wine than some, a little bit of hops sneak in for an attack during the finish. A pleasant zap of citrus and bitter lemon rind but they don’t linger long. Sweet is her name, and Gratitude is the game. A very good malty Barley Wine and an extra prop for the very cool and original packaging.
Iíve had my Barley Wines malty, hoppy, and somewhere in-between. I find that I enjoy all varieties, but which one I enjoy most depends somewhat on the mood I am in. Thankfully I have yet to try a sub-par barley wine of any variety, but I am sure they are out there. Gratitude from East End Brewing in Pennsylvania is a fabulous barley wine.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy Beerlando. 2006 bottle, sharp packaging. Cloudy dark amber color with a thin layer of off-white head. Sharp perfumey malts, lavender, light floral hops. Warm alcoholic taste, peppercorns, caramel. Pretty straightforward barleywine.
Ibrew2or3 (8074) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009 Rating #1700
Huge gratitude to tpd975 for bringing this 2006 vintage goodie along. Awesome. Also a big thanks to East End Brewing for making this delicious beer. Please make this again.
It has the most interesting bottle labeling approach Iíve ever seen. It appears to be shrink wrapped with brown paper like the bottle has a paper skin. Pours somewhat hazy deep copper with impressive tan head for the style. The aroma is bold and inviting with solid dark fruity esters of prunes, figs, dates and a layer of yum followed by near grainy malty sweetness. A big draw brings the expected bit of hotness to the nose. The taste starts sweet and malty with a mild pulse of pine hops. Way more malty sweet than bittering hops. The fruity esters soon surface and grow to midway and carry into the finish with notes of prunes, muted yet ripe cherries, sugar stewed raisins, figs and plums. Wow, very enjoyable. Some mild alcohol sits on the tongue into the after taste and provides a bit of warming.