beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to BVC for this bottle. I’m not sure on the vintage, but this is an outstanding barleywine. Deep amber in color, good clarity with a soft fast falling beige head. Big caramel nose, notes of cherry, toffee, and rum raisin cake. Chewy body with a balanced finish. Hops have subdued, proving just a soft hop flavor, more just pushing bitterness to keep it from being cloying. Excellent overall, better then the 06 version I tried at the Hard Liver fest.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 on tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver ’09. Ordered a 3 oz taster of this after they announced it was #3 in the judging, and I was surprised it was that high. Pours clear orange amber with a small off-white head. Balanced nose and taste of caramel malt and fruity hops.
trevor211 (1254) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark copper with a dense, dissipating head. Syrupy sweet malts and breakfast cereal on the nose, and a bunch of hops comes through in the flavor. Sweet caramel malts counter - it’s full-bodied, but besides the alcohol content, is slightly underwhelming. Another that falls into the "good, but not great" category.
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at cap hill brewery 3/21/09. poured a hazy orange color, taste profile was much more bitter than I anticipated given the listing as a barleywine. nose was more candied sugar with just a hint of the hops underneath. palate was balanced.
Earlier Rating: 5/17/2008 Total Score: 3.3
V - ruby red lacing small white head
A - malts with some hops
T - sour malty smooth barley
P - little sour/bitter
BrewDad (4499) - Olympia, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Taster – Beveridge Place Barleywine Bacchanal – Seattle, WA
Aroma: Very light aroma with a little high alcohol in the nose.
Appearance: Amber in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor: A decent amount of malt this beer was lighter than I was hoping for. It was a new batch maybe it will mellow and get more flavor as it ages.
Palate: Very Dry tasteless finish.
Overall: A dry brew with some flavor this beer just needed more malt to be more sweet and carry the hops that where added for bittering. .
blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Cole’s in Buffalo, NY. Pours unclear orange with a beige head. Sweet malt aroma with some fruity citric hops. The flavor has a nice fruity caramel sweetness with a very pleasant hoppy finish. The hop profile really makes this beer, it isn’t overpowering by any means, but it really complements the other flavors well.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured an amber with little to no head. aroma of caramel malt and alcohol. flavor of caramel and alcohol. light-medium body and no carb.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz. bottle) Pours a hazy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, cherry, light citrus, maple, and toffee. Flavor of cherry, caramel malt, toasted grain, and hops (earthiness, light citrus).
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Toronado for Barleywine fest ’09. Amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, dark fruits, brown sugar, Northwest-style hops, and the "wacky weed" if you know what I mean. Flavor is more of the same, full-bodied with alcohol.
ilovedarkbeer (2140) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Hazy dark amber colored pour. Nose is caramelized dark fruits, brown sugar and booze. Taste is the same with additional notes of vanilla. I like it.