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.
BMMillsy (1750) - 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 (265) - 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 (13853) - 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 (3231) - 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 (7579) - 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 (947) - 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 (8359) - 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 (2389) - 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 (4591) - 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.