Ernesto987 (3611) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 vintage, sweet and delicious, dry finish, caramel and complex love it.
madvike (2683) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2010 bottle shared by cptnspeed1...thanks Brad! - Pours rosy amber with a thin tan head. Pretty hot nose, with a big malty sweetness. Taste has a little sweet maltiness, dark bread, and light buttery notes. Itís bitter, with a lightly grassy finish. Thick and slick in the mouth, with very little carbonation. Interesting, and very little trace of the heat, but this wasnít as good as I had hoped.
cbfobes (2275) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 750ml bottle shared by Brad, thanks for bringing this one! Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin off white head, the aroma has a ton of dark fruit, caramel and some malt, the flavor has a ton of sweetness on the front end with some caramel in the finish, the abv isnít tasted at all, wow, good stuff.
changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle acquired in a trade a while back. Iíve probably had this a couple years or even more. Opened just slightly chilled; very close to room temp. The pour is a deep ruby-mahogany color with a fluffy tan head on top that leaves some surprisingly nice lacing. The aroma is full of toffee and caramel, with plums, licorice, and cherries to give it a fruity element. This is rich stuff; a lot of malt flavor, but very smooth going down. The body is slick. Itís sweet and fruity; candied fruity notes of cherry skin, raisin, and mixed tropical fruit cocktail. Some earthy undertones with a ever so slight toasted malt presence. Thereís just a touch of boozy-alcohol sting in the finish to remind you that itís an 11%+ beer. Mostly itís just warming without being overly alcoholic. I was happy to find that this 4 year old beer has held up quite well with no oxidation. Iíve never had it fresh but Iíd bet that age did this some good. With that said, while enjoyable, this seems like a fairly basic barleywine for such a special release. Iím not sure I need to trade for, or seek out another bottle anytime soon.
Travlr (9997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of noodleuser, thanks! Cloudy golden amber color, flat. Aroma of sweet caramel. Taste is similar, dry finish.
tcane7 (1660) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with Vin and Bill, courtesy of Bill. I believe it was an í08. Nose of raisin, cherry, toffee, caramel, some hops. Sweet with a boozy sherry-like flavor. Top notch barley wine.
ineedbeer (668) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is full of light dried fruit. Raisin and dried cherry with some plum. A light smokiness and some sherry. Moderate caramel notes and hints of toffee and vanilla.
Pours a really nice ruby and burnt amber with a thick light tan head. Light lacing and medium sized legs.
Flavor is full of nice sweet caramel and dried fruit. Lots of sherry and grape notes. Fruit is raisin and cherry. Moderate light bitterness. A bit on the oxidized side. Some alcohol spice in the finish. A bit of astringency.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Medium astringency with medium high alcohol warmth. Finishes a bit on the thin side.
Overall not bad, but on the lighter malt side for a Barleywine. Very fruity and fairly oxidized. The malt character is starting to disappear.
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popery (1372) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet and fruity. Very nice mix of pineapple, apricot and raisin. Interesting color. Bright amber with a yellowish head. Tasty stuff.
charule (1012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2013 Growler. Cloudy amber color. Light head. Harsh alcohol flavor. Not very smooth.
artmcd8 (1549) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 13A Force carbonated. Bottle share at Voodoo. Orange brown color. Great flavor of sweetness. Best barleywine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
05 at a tasting. Thank you lithy. Dark brownish red pour. Alcohol and dark fruits. Slight grape flavor with alcohol heat. Some caramel candy taste.
06 at a tasting thanks to lithy. Aromas of caramel and dark fruits. Reddish brown pour. Thick feel. Sweet taste.
08a at the brewery. Slightly toasty and super sweet with a slight burnt aftertaste. Very drinkable.