Sarlacc83 (1414) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. 2011 vintage.
A: Red raspberry with brown hints. Very thin lacing. Grips the glass.
N: Tons of caramel and oak. Lots of toffee. Smoothly sweet like caramel being layered in a commercial. Smells like a fresh coffee cake with specks of brown sugar.
T: Very well blended. Has a distinct oakiness that lends peppercorn and vanilla. Caramel and toffee flavors are subtle. Raisins and licorice bitterness. There’s a pronounced hop presence/some pineapple. Could use a little more sweetness, IMO, but I can’t really knock the execution, either.
M: thinner than I might like, but it keeps the beer from being a choking hazard. Alcohol is really well hidden.
O: One of the best barleywines out there. Strong execution all around, and highly recommended. So smooth and complex.
AdiBeer (2151) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: caramel, alcohol, toffee, grain malts. Appearance: hazy, dark brown, small, white head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: sweets expand, caramel, molasses, sugars, alcohol, full body, flat carbonation. Overall: excellent Barley Wine, great aroma and taste. Bottle from the brewery, Anchorage.
DocLock (8593) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared 2013 vintage at Craft. Hazy copper pour with off-white head. Nose was caramel malt, hops, oaky bourbon, molasses, Tastes caramel malty rich on the tongue, with spare hops, oak, bourbon, and a dense, complex finish.
Blairgus (3389) - California, USA - JUN 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
30 may 2015, bottle. Amber and a tad hazy. Nose is sweet, malty, boozy, just like a barley wine should smell. Ned body and moderately fizzy. Sweet, brown sugar malt. Nice.
beertholomeus (1239) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber color with a white head. Oak, alcohol, caramel, chocolate, toffee, hop and toast aroma and flavors. Full body and average carbonation. Alcohol, caramel and hop finish. 2011
mstrcrwly (698) - New York, USA - MAY 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured into a tulip glass..chestnut color with fluffy off white head..aroma of booze,caramel,toffee,molasses..surprisingly smooth,not overly boozy for a 13%’er..excellent.
jkwalking05 (4223) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Deep Amber with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of booze, toffee, caramel, oak, vanilla, toast, some leather, buttery pie crust. Taste is of oak, vanilla, toffee cake, raisin, booze, caramel, and oatmeal cookies.
travita (4430) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. The look is reddish to brown in color, beige colored head, and clear. The smell is boozy, fruit, toffee, caramel, wood, bourbon, and awesome. The taste is complex, alcohol, fruit, brown sugar, caramel, wood, and great.
Maarten1993 (513) - - MAY 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank during the tasting 08-05. Much carbonation that masks the taste. Okay sweetness but not that special.
John25 (1136) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, booze, a little sweet, extremely smooth. Absolutely awesome. Complete home run. I want more.
conway (2060) - - APR 24, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with little head. Initial sip gives off a stinging oaky burn akin to bourbon, but things settle down from there. Caramel, toffee, oak, brown sugar, cinnamon raisin bread and light vanilla come together in nice proportion to keep the booze in check and make this a well-layered sipper. Big chewy mouthfeel. This is one of the tastiest beers I’ve ever drank.