esox (862) - Oulu, - JAN 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep ruby colour, thick creamy head is beige. The nose is freshly hopped, slightly citrusy, pol leny and mangoish. Some apricots. Sweet, toffeyish and creamy malts, loads of raisins and dried peaches, strawberry notes and a hint of licorice. Light bready roastedness, milk chocolate and just a hint of alcohol in the finish. Resiny, balancing bitter finish. Silky, very smooth texture, full body. Lovely, complex beer with amazing drinkability and warming strength.
alearchist (10) - Scottdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
First smell..regular old barleywine type thing going on..but man. The Taste..starts off like some type of black beer i.e. a black lager or black ipa..then i get the barleywine..then a sour finish? One of the most unique beers iíve had the pleasure of drinking. Cheers to Sierra Nevada!
TheJester (1460) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Looks and smells like a stout. As for the taste: itís not a stout, but itís not. barleywine either. American strong black ale? Some roast, but also some booze. Very smooth and creamy. As it warms it does become something approximating a black barleywine. Nice beer.
Cory (79) - , California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Dark roasted malts, toffee, kinda burnt. Light tan head with plenty of lacing. Black. Taste is bitter and slightly sweet.
AirForceHops (1861) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle got in a trade with Adam Jackson awhile back. Thanks for the opportunity. The tulip shows a dark black color with a tiny layer of tan head. Nose is rich toffee smelling malt with light pine hop notes. Starts malty as a Barley Wine does with the pine like hop in the middle of the sip. The finish has a roasted malt that would make you think of a stout. Secondary flavors of figs and pine hops. ABV is totally hidden from the age. The texture of the brew is amazing at this point as well. Absolutely delish.
Alphadelic (1630) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is on tap in Jan 2013. Very unbarleywine-like nose. Super cacao flavour with a dry pumpernickel finish. Super savoury. Very impressive
wedgie9 (1590) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 12/20/12 from a corked and caged bottle purchased at Discount Liquors in Milwaukee quite a while ago. Pours very dark mahogany with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to average lace, leaving very thick lace along the inside of the glass. The nose is full of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and molasses, classic barley wine with a bit more dark roast than normal, and just a light touch of cola. The flavor has some sweetness with all of the caramel, molasses, toffee, and brown sugar noted on the nose, with a bit of nicely roasted bitterness on the back end and just a touch of vanilla. The body is full with average carbonation and a long caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and nicely bitter roasted finish.
Pastor (776) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one is holding up well. Still a big hop presence even with the age. Iím still sitting on one for long term. Kind of a style bender for me. Fresh it was like a black IPA but with some age the malts are starting to come forward. Decent beer worth the try
Reynolds314 (1480) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good barleywine here. The last of this series for me to try and it is quite nice. Really rich nutty, leather, caramel, light toast, plums. Dry robust finish. Nice.
Ernesto987 (2378) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
i like beers that finish dry, this one does and many barleywines dont. yay! Laura liked it. decent barleywine flavors, not bad
matt7215 (1935) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle shared by jsprime with me and joel. deep brown, tan head. huge rich malty nose. flavour is deep rich and complex. the hops are still showing near the finish. materfully crafted. this is drinking really well right now. thanks for the share jeff.