slowrunner77 (1580) - 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. Iíd like to barrel this beast
DrSilverworm (6368) - 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 olí gross chunk of yeast. "Itís ok... Iíll 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. Iím finding that Iím typically not a fan of aged barley wines at all. Itís 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 (523) - - 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 (14513) - 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 (2127) - 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 (919) - 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 (1502) - 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, theyíre both mediocre in both way.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
20-Feb-14 (12-oz bottle, 2005 release: $1.99 at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA)
I donít have details on when I bought this beer, but the cap has "05" written on it (and I didnít write that, the folks at Bottleworks did). This is a screwcap bottle, so I guess itís no surprise that the murky, dark-amber beer pours a thin sheet of tan-colored head that dissipates fairly quickly. The nose is sweet and malty, with sweet, dried fruits like apricot and prune, caramel candy, earth and decayed wood, and lightly toasted bread. On the palate, the rich, semi-caramely malt, dried fruit, and earthy, woodsy, decaying logs aspects take center stage. Itís full bodied, sweet and rich, but not heavy or cloying, carbonation is light-medium but satisfactory for a beer like this, the mouthfeel is zesty and slightly tangy, and itís very smooth, and way too easy-drinking for a 10% beer. Fortunately, itís only a 12-oz bottle. Overall, this nine-year-old Barley Wine is really fantastic. The unfortunate part is that I didnít save this for a bottle share and had to drink the entire bottle myself.
Gerbeer (1778) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear (at first) amber with light head. Aromas of brown sugar, raisins and toasted malts. Flavors of golden raisins, toast, caramel, and malts. Very nice balance for a barley wine - quite full and smooth. Yummy.
chuckstout (247) - Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2011- pours a hazy orange/amber with thin creamy off white head and good lacing. nice caramel, bread, fruit . Big mouthfeel, slightly sweet, some astringency, warming character and medium/full body