johnnnniee (1823) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep reddish brown with a huge bubbly beige head that persists forever. Upon first pour I and assaulted with aromas of tropical fruits. Upon closer inspection I get lots of toffee, brown sugar, caramel, and dark dried fruits with a hint of alcohol and a faint bit of earthy hop. The flavor is smooth and sweet with just enough ethanol and earthy to provide some balance. Flavors of caramel and brown sugar with a hint of chocolate mixed with cherries, and plums go down quite smooth. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy bubbly mouthfeel. This is a very nice barleywine, I wish I could try it a bit fresher, but I quite enjoyed this aged version today.
drfabulous (3381) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 indigo wax thanks to a past Secret Santa on Ratebeer. Murky brown color that shocked at first. But the taste is super smooth. Fruity. Caramel. Toffee. Alcohol not intense. I may be able to do this bottle alone after all. Very nice.
msante79 (2187) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 bottle with yellow wax. Pours murky amber with small tan head. Aromas of sweet malts, caramel, toffee, and some booze. Flavors of toffee, caramel, some dark fruit, little booze, sweet malts, and really faint hops. Mouthfeel is smooth. Probably a little pasta itís prime but for being five years old it has held up pretty good.
Steasy66 (713) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle. Deep amber, small white head. Aromas of Toffee, butter, and wine. Taste is buttery, smooth and sweet. Really nice smooth body, really nice barleywine.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle that I picked up from the brewery in Pittsburg, PA forever ago. Blue Wax, 2009 Batch, Bottle #956/1500. Pours a very deep brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, brown-tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is fairly sweet and fruity with a deep caramel and toffee bread, brown sugar, a light molasses, some dark fruits, and orange florals. The hops have clearly died down, but the orange marmalade goes well with the malts. A touch of toastiness and wood showing up as this warms. Flavor is similar. Plump malt sweetness with caramel, toffee bread, and brown sugar and molasses showing up more towards the end. Pretty jammy and fruity with a good amount of floral oranges and dark fruits with a light bitterness and touch of wood remaining in the finish where this is sweet, but clean and balanced before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium-full, smooth body and a soft, medium-light carbonation. Overall, this has held up really well. The malts are big and sweet, but arenít oxidized and have developed nicely. Not a whole lot of bitterness remaining, but still lots of fruit flavors from the hops. No hint of alcohol and very easy drinking. Making for a great sipper while brewing on Labor Day.
Aniela (2230) - SkŲvde, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. AMber beer with a small head. Spicy, malty aroma with alcohol notes. Malty, fruity, citrus and plums flavour.
fletchfighters (921) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A-- Poured a thick reddish orange color with a hue to it. At best a half finger of off white head and settled to film through drinking. Lots of spotty lacking through drinking. Minimal carbonation showing. Excellent packaging.
S-- Orange marmalade and fresh strawberry jam. No hop presence in this at all, as the malts have totally taken over on this. Good nose. Sweet and sticky.
T-- Strawberry jam, Carmel, orange marmalade, and a bit of bread. Sweet and sticky taste but not over the top in either area.
M-- Smooth, coating, sticky, and long lasting flavor. Scary how balanced this was and that the 11.2% was very well hidden. Started getting flavors of apricot jam towards the end.
O-- Brilliant! From packaging to the end this rocked. Reminded me a lot of some of the better desert wines available here and the flavor characters. Well hidden ABV, easy to drink and full of thick jammy flavors. Going to have to trade for more of this.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 Batch; Sampled March 2011; RBWG
The beer is a hazy, dark amber color that is topped by a full, tan colored head. Lots of nutty sherry like notes show a positive side of the oxidation in the aroma; caramelized malt notes also contribute to this. Apple like fruitiness joins a touch of woody character; this is actually quite fruity smelling in the nose and there also seems to be a touch of musty character here as well.
The beer tastes sweet up front which mixes with a nutty and sherry like oxidized note; this almost tastes of almonds, and there is also an orange like flavor here the mixes in quite well. A big caramel malt character rounds out things nicely. Actually this is really nice and characterful. This has a rich body that doesnít get a chance to be cloying because of the nutty oxidation. The hop character lingers in the finish; it forms a solid bitterness that gets herbal and even still has a hint of green hop character to it. A toasted malt character, that has been tempered with time, as well as a clean, pale caramelized sweetness achieves a richness, almost savoriness, rather than sweetness.
Quite nice, this is a beer I have been wanting to try for some time, and I am certainly quite pleased with my encounter.
Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Lunch at my place last weekend. Thanks Paul!
Vintage 2007 (yellow wax)
A: Beautifully hand wrapped. The beer itself appears a medium shade of brown. The beer is slightly hazy and possesses a substantial head that leaves behind a fair amount of lacing.
S: The aroma is pretty aggressive, with scents of alcohol, malt, candy, toffee, caramels.
T: The aroma was an accurate foreshadowing of the taste profile. The beer is very sweet and malty. There is a strong alcohol presence, even in this 2007 vintage. It seems obvious that this beer has smoothed out over the last few years, and could still continue to improve with age.
M: Medium bodied with a fairly low carbonation level. Very forward warming alcohol concludes each sip.
D: A slow sipper, this is ideal for sharing a few ways. I would enjoy having this again sometime. Good stuff.
hamilton23 (579) - Alpine, California, USA - JUL 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Vintage. Pours a rich copper color with a bit of loose head that laces nicely, without being too clingy. Aroma is dried fruit and a bit of candied sugar. Really well balanced on the taste, the hop profile has dropped out, leaving a nicely balanced slightly sweet beer with just a bit of residual bitterness. I would love to try a Barrel Aged version of this beer.