Westchesterco (1460) - mclean, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a bottle it is a light amber color with a slight head. The aroma is molasses and the taste is like sweet sherry
Iphonephan (4765) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a cloudy copper with a thin off white head. Butterscotch nose. Flavors of caramel with some citrus. Bitter somewhat boozy finish.
GenDV138 (3730) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle (2011) poured into a snifter. Hazy brownish orange with around a quarter of off-white ring around the glass. Some sediment floaters. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, syrup, honey. Tastes of caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, candied fruit, sweet malt. Medium body with a dry and warm finish. Low carbonation, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Not the most pleasant looking beer but solid otherwise.
slowrunner77 (7440) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011! Cool brew. Carmely sweet and still a little hoppy. Good, thick luxurious feel to it even 3 years old. Not an elite barleywine, but pretty solid across the board. Also tastes and smells of raisins. I’d like to barrel this beast
DrSilverworm (8867) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, 2011 vintage, from Roasthouse in Frederick, MD. Labeled 9.9%. Shared with Caterwaul and Andrew K. Clear orange red color, with lots of chunks of yeast inside. Andrew got the last pour, with a big ol’ gross chunk of yeast. "It’s ok... I’ll drink around it," he says. His glass looks very gross-looking. Minimal off-white head, couple dots of lace. Big caramel sweet malty aroma in the nose. Big sweet taste, light alcohol warmth and and sweetness in the finish. Spicy taste. Some notes of oxidization. Caramel, toasty malts in the flavor. Syrupy sweet. Hop notes are almost completely gone, nothing really good from the hops left here, just bitterness. Maybe a hint of citrus. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of slick, lighter carbonation. Slick finish. I’m finding that I’m typically not a fan of aged barley wines at all. It’s OK now, but I would have much preferred to try this fresh. Bartender was very eager to sell it to me, though. He seemed genuinely excited. Andrew K. says he thinks it smells kind of like sour cream, I get some of that. Glad my friends were here to help me with this, I would not have been able to finish it on my own. Just not my style. "Not bad, but no Bigfoot," my friends say.
zoucrew102 (947) - - MAY 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2011 vintage found on the shelves of johns marketplace Portland, or. Sweet, malty aroma with notes of caramel and a touch of booze. Pours cloudy caramel colored with a thin tan head and excellent lacing. Smooth, slick mouthfeel with sweet caramel malt flavors to start. Finishes smooth with just a touch of booze and hops. Pretty standard barleywine, but a good one.
fiulijn (16644) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the brewpub on Pike st., vintage 2011, 2+ years old, 9.9% ABV
Hazy amber color with thin head. Vanilla scented caramel, the aroma is very old school (American school). Sweetish but not syrupy, with good malt and toffee flavor; correct bitterness, with final hop resins.
Not an exciting Barley Wine, nevertheless a good strong beer.
maekchu (2832) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from The Bier Stein in Eugene. Floral, sugary nose, some toffee and hamster cage. Cloudy, even murky, copper/brown color. Initial is a caramel bomb / moderate dark fruit and brown sugar in mid / fruit cake. The caramel and fruit extend well after final. Heavy body. Good. Hides the alc. well. Bit too much caramel and somewhat cloying.
arone12 (924) - Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an ambery brown color with a hazy appearance. Has a bunch of floaties! Not sure if the beer is old or is supposed to have floaties! Smells of hops and molasses. Some nice brown sugar in the flavor with some bitter aftertastes. Good hoppy tastes.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Side by side 2004 and 2011
The 2004 is darker amber, both clear and pretty much clean topped. 2011 smells terribe with cabbage, anise, some marshmallow. 2004 smells of pool water, some cotton candy. Flavor of the 2011 is east coast - sweet, some chemical and milky character. 2004 more candied sugars, some caramel. 2004 is low bodied with nice carb and a dry finish. 2011 thick with moderate carb and a tacky finish. Well, they’re both mediocre in both way.