Leighton (18735) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared during RBWG 2015. Pours cloudy amber with a slight, foamy off-white head. Lots of tangy, ripe dark fruits. A bit of caramel. Some ketchup, perhaps. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Finishes sweet and warm and tangy, with more fruity notes and sugary malts. Fair. (I like ketchup.)
GenDV138 (6103) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle (2009) at Cigar City Brewpub during the RBWG 2015 welcome event. Murky brown with beige head. Aromas of caramel, malt, dark fruit. Tastes of dark fruit, caramel, butterscotch. Medium body with a dry finish. Not a fan.
Ferris (12918) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Vintage 2009 - nice sweet plum and some caramel, with lots of fruity notes. Dark cloudy copper with a decent white head. Rich caramel and nice dark fruit notes. Very nice.
DrewFace (967) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big dark fruity, cherry, sweet, aroma. Murky dark reddish brown. Sweet, dark fruity juice flavor, some hotness. Sweet and yum.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottle, tasted at RBWG. Blue wax -- 2009 bottle. Up front in the nose, smells quite oxidized. Not surprising. Hazy amber orange color. Thin ring of off-white head. Dot or two of lace. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft creamy lighter carbonation. Light slick. Bigger sweet taste, light bitter, light alcohol warmth. Solid barleywine, but definitely past its prime here. Not as harsh as the Duck Rabbit barleywine I tried earlier, though.
jcartamdg (3145) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a caramel brown with no head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and malt. Taste is caramel, toffee, malt. Smooth and creamy, hides alcohol well.
burg326 (5384) - Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a muddled pale amber color with aromas of brown sugar, booze, light sherry as well. Flavors match the aromas smooth as hell no burn solid, enjoyable.
nealblind (1681) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JAN 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
20006 purple wax. Purple brown cloudy pour. Aroma cherry twizzlers. Tastes cherries dark malt.
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Flat. Brown pour. Ugh, fruit, malt and sweet malt aromas. Flavors are light sweet, bitter and herbal tones.
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Bottle (Blue) : Lovely Bottle as you already know. Really though - The presentation is as good as it gets for an American brew Iím grateful to finally have a shot at this one - Itís been a long time in the making.
Pour is murky mahogany with a modest khaki head into this glass - it fades fairly quickly, leading to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. The nose is caramel and spent grain, moving to feint sherry and there are general dark fruits present as well. The flavor profile is interesting - I didnít notice any inherent issues with this vintage at this point - I found that the brew really rounded itself nicely, actually - The malt bill has tapered off to be sure - whatís there is nice caramel , toffee, with sweet bread, there are brown sugar notes and plum, moving to more sherry and a touch of leather. Thereís just not a lot of depth here - but what is there is a nice experience.