HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2005, thanks to David!
I’ve had many a vintage of Gratitude, but never 2005 until now, and I must say the beer has aged remarkably well. Firstly, there was still "ample" carbonation by the standards of a Barley Wine, even a fresh one. The oxidation is definitely less than you’d expect of a typical BW bottling, but gives a nice sherry characteristic to things without any of the watery texture issues. Slightly chestnutty with lots of interesting sweet fruit notes and a hint of leathery character. Excellent, beautiful beer. It’s a shame I’ll almost certainly never get to drink it again, but in my experiences basically every batch of this beer ages well. So grateful (hehehe get it?) to have tried this.
yourilevesque (391) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dégustée chez Alexandre Mathieu. Cheers mate! Bière au look authentique de BarleyWine : couleur d’un roux chauffé aux reflets cuivrés d’un caramel en ébullition. Tête peu mousseuse, voire timide mais tenace jusqu’au bout. Un exemple de détermination! Nez d’orge grillé, plutôt sucré. Je suis dans la cassonade au four, un peu à la manière d’une croustade aux pommes. En bouche, je suis plutôt du côté du houblon, surtout en fin de bouche où la finale est plutôt amère. Certaines flaveurs de citron sont également présentes. L’ensemble reste néanmoins très orienté du côté du caramel et de l’orge maltée. Belle rondeur sans trop être sucrée, la texture est soyeuse et souple.
conway (2020) - - JUL 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark ruby with thin tan head. Lots of dark fruit, raisin, plum, bready malt, caramel roastiness. Rich chewy mouthfeel. Great.
John25 (1067) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark Amber. Rich bready malt aroma. Some caramel in the taste. Butterscotch finish and a little sticky. Awesome and straight forward.
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kraddel (4563) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUL 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thnx To Mike !!!
Pours warm blonde to amber. Small white head. Smell is thick, malty sweetness. Taste is sharp, grainy, sweet and bitter. way more balanced than other bitter BW I had. I actually like this one a lot.
jackl (5804) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared @ RBWG Tampa. Deep reddish brown pour with a modest off-white head. Toffee and acidic red apple skin. A touch of balsamic. Some ribbon candy. Taste has plenty of umami character, shows some age. Spiced apple sauce and brown sugar. A touch of wood. Still a bit hot. A bit muted on the palate. Dulled, soft carbonation. Pretty good, but clearly not drinking on top form.
Frank (3335) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottle was labeled 2013 and sampled in June of 2015. It seems to have held up fairly well and is probably the best new barleywine I’ve tried in a while. It is deep red brown w/ a long-lasting head. It has a mild, sweet nose w/ lots of raisiny malt and a touch of peach as well. This is sweet for sure but it’s not overly sticky or heavy, especially for the style, w/ notes of pit fruit and melon. It finishes w/ a lingering touch of sugar and sold bitterness.
BMMillsy (1756) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Joe. Significantly more hop presence than expected, but very nice. Big sweet malts backing but the hops balance this thing out nicely and the bitter shines through (at least this fresh) ahead of the sticky sweetness like many barleywines. A bit hot on the back end as I finish up but very nice overall.
Ataraxia (415) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky burnt orange color with moderate beige head. Raisin, caramel, apple, brown sugar, figs, and malt. Initially sweet, then bitter in the aftertaste. Full bodied, moderate carb, smooth, and boozy.
blomster (266) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 2010 vintage, thanks to Baggio. Malty, fruity aroma. Medium sweet, dried fruits, fig in taste. Decent. Doesn’t seem like aging has done much good.
Leighton (13979) - 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.)