fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2013 So, I have not rated a beer in a long time,but I have found my new favorite beer. Clear golden, dark fruits, vanilla, citrus hops, little toffee, little white grape.
Douberd (4629) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Firestone Walker Helldorado) Bottle 650 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 13.2% Vintage 2015
Orange coloured body, nicely hazy, with a small and a bit thin white head on top, with average retention.
Malty aroma, with apricots, peaches, sugars, some alcohol, red fruits, wood.
Taste is sweet and malty, again with sugars, lots of apricot, less peach, alcohol, some vinous notes even every here and there, brandy, sherry, wood.
Medium body, high carbonation, dry on the palate.
Great barley wine.
jake65 (3349) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUL 10, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2015 vintage. Pours a deep golden orange with a finger of white head. Inviting aroma of honey, vanilla, oak barrel, and floral hoppy bits. Tastes devine. Sweet vanilla and honey blended with oak barrel. A bit of hoppy bitterness, but a lot of sweet. Thick and chewy. I’d buy this again for sure. A beautiful beer.
Alphadelic (2128) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little oxidized but sweet and stick on the nose. Very grainy with a hint of booze.quite fizzy, got a lovely, rich sherry flavor. Massive vanilla and a little oaky smoke. I like it actually, it has a long smooth character that offers a boozy burn. A complex beer, surprisingly palatable for the style.
thepatrickman (714) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 30, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home (alone -- I definitely felt it the next day). Despite it’s light color, this is as sweet and malty as the darkest barleywines out there. Lots of raisin and honey/caramel flavor on the tongue, which tricked me into thinking I was drinking a traditional barleywine. Still, the dominant flavor, even after a year, is the bourbon barrel -- strong oak and booze notes, which deepened everything else. Overall, this is fantastic.
Boutip (5795) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a dark golden color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of strong residual sugar notes with some maple and vanilla notes. Taste is a heavy mix of strong residual sugar notes with some vanilla, maple and bourbon notes with strong cereal notes. Body is full with good carbonation and light alcohol notes are perceptible. Not bad but sweet as hell which makes it hard to drink in large quantities.
euniceradio (406) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 bomber to tulip. Pours clear copper, frothy white head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, candied raisin, butterscotch. Taste of same with vanilla, maple, bourbon, smooth sweet oak. So good!
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[8060-20160130] 650mL bottle. Sweet toasted caramel and light maple hints in the aroma. Clear, orange body with a quick foamy white head. Sweet oaked grainy maple syrup and boozy sweet pine nuts flavour. Medium body is sweet and smoothly boozy. Lovely and smooth. (8/3/8/4/15) 3.8+
(c/o Radek Kliber)
Overheard: "Real women don’t drink barley wine." -- Trying to get a rise out of me? Skip.
Travlr (20881) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2016
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at City Tap House. Clear golden color, white head. Aroma of boozy burnt caramel. Taste is hot hot hot and boozy.
keepersj12 (3057) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kind of a strange brew that grew on me. The aroma had a lot of the barrel. The flavor had a bit of butterscotch. Burn hits the throat mid swallow.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Benzai (12760) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2016
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle [from trade with iggywh] @ home. Clear orange color, average to medium sized fizzy white to off-white head that completely disappears very quickly. Aroma is malts, bourbon, vanilla. Taste malts, bourbon, vanilla, booze, caramelised sugar and honey. Mostly dominant is the boozy honey-sweetish vanilla. Unfortunately that’s not exactly what I like, guess I should have read the commercial deScription a bit better. Happy to have tried it though. Average to decent body, slight oily yet sort of thin texture, a bit fizzy carbonation.