popery (1391) - 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 (1048) - 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 (1562) - 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.
thome50 (1018) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle of the 2007 yellow wax. Pours a hazy straw yellow with no head. Aroma was a malty mess with corn taking over. Corn husk as well. Taste, flat and very much like a bland IPA that had been cellared for some time. Some more sugar apparent to let you know this isnít an old IPA but still this was likely a lot better fresh.
alexsdad06 (5360) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a thin off white head. The aroma is sweet caramel malts, dark fruit, more malt with a mild woody note. The flavor is also very malt forward showcasing caramel and toffee. Additional big ripe dark fruits, some wood and a surprising amount of bite to this. Even after sitting a bit this still had some heat. Overall, pretty tasty but Iím not sure it is worth all the trouble to acquire.
johnnnniee (2278) - 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 (3902) - 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 (2210) - 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 (861) - 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) - Woodridge, 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.