Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Pours an amber copper body with an off white head. Salty malt character and caramel notes. Big etoh burn with some rotting fruit character and some salty apples. Eh.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009 Earthy, strong sweet caramel flavors. Apricot like fruit flavors also are present, with some bittering hops. The flavor is a lot more cloyingly sweet than I like, but there’s nothing terrible about it. I might have to give it another go later.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle that I’ve been holding onto for a while. Smells of caramel, dark fruit, molasses, maple syrup, resiny. Tastes bitter and earthy with a dark fruity finish.
jgb9348 (4273) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy copper and amber coloured body with a thinnish tan head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, raisins, fresh fruit, light malt and a bunch of alcohol - pretty nice! Full-bodied; Strong assertive hops up front then showing apricots, fruit and a bit of alcohol - all with some malt and toffee finishes. Aftertaste has a good balance - a lot of hops for the style and some good sweetness. Overall, a fairly nice and hoppy barley wine that shows off very well. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, Washington on 25-April-2009, sampled on 09-July-2009 at home in the real Washington [dc].
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Secret Santa. Thanks, St. Nick! Pours a decent but not-quite-thick-enough-for-my-taste amber, with a quickly descending head of white. Aroma is a strong rush of bready raisin topped with a creme of malted raspberries and subtle peach. Flavor is a bit subdued, considering the ABV and the rather intense nose. Notes of passive plumb and raisin bread, with a quick flash of Isopryl alcohol round out the flavors. Decent mouthfeel. Not a bad barleywine, just wish it were a tad more dominant on my taste buds.
lb4lb (2112) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by wagenvolks. Thanks! Pours copper with short lived head. Smell is hoppy and tea like and crystal malt. Taste is the same. Solid bitterness and hop presence with strong iced tea flavor. Pretty solid, but nothing amazing.
Sammy (7707) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nicely hopped barleywine, 2007 edition The aroma is rich malts and barley, the appearance is a golden-brown with some white halo head, and spider lacing follows. The hops were magnum, amarillo, and centennial. Ageing lead to a nice mouthfeel, most drinkable, with a citrus undercurrent and finish.Overall, bitterness.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from ’07, courtesy of riversideAK - thanks, Alex (and nice Dio pic)! Hazy copper pour, with an appealing cloudiness that promises just the type of BW I’m in the mood for, a sharp hoppy bastard with malts to age. Sweetish nose but still some potent grassy hops even with a considerable bit of age on this one. Full bodied, prickly carb, and even some heat remaining. Caramel malts are there, but they don’t dominate. A nice dry finish to this one makes it a bit distinctive. Another good brew from a still under-heralded brewery.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with scrizzz - Pours a hazy amber color with a thin off white head. Faint spotty lacing and light carbonation. Aroma is fruity and floral. Flavor is fruity and sweet toasted malt. Medium to full body. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish. A solid BW. Thanks Clint.
alexanderj (3193) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Pike Street location. The last beer that I tried here. Aroma was quite floral with a good dose of caramel in the background. Amberish in color. Flavor was smooth and floral. Pretty bitter for the style. Some caramel and bread to provide just a touch of balance.