Steasy66 (1114) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2008 bottle into snifter at cellar temp. Extremely similar to a well aged Harvest Ale. The Calvados barrels add a bit more apple to the flavor but I can’t see too much difference.
migwell (271) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 5, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the Foundry. I’m generally not a fan of barley wine, but this sweet and fruity sipper turned out to be an excellent finish to a pleasant evening. Aroma of apple, cherry and brown sugar, pours out with a small head and an almost ruby color. The bottle says ’Brewed in 2013’, and it certainly has aged well. It is quite sweet with the flavors following the aroma. Very rich, complex and balanced, quite smooth and with the alcohol quite evident. One to savor.
djd07 (7970) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear brown with no head. The aroma is dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar. Medium mouth, candy sugar, raisin, caramel, boozy finish, very good.
Lukaduke (2908) - Gray, Maine, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a medium copper color with a finger of white foam. Lots of sweet honey, caramel with some underlying apple skin and a trace of some fruit driven acidity. Almonds, maple, honeycomb some heat from the booze on this one.
drpimento (2863) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The barley wine side of this is superior. However the calvados component is muted. Still overall a very tasty brew.
hackobock (2980) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
April 30, 2015. Bottle at CBC pre-tasting, vintage 2011. Shared by Theydon_Bois, thanks!
Dark amber with a small frothy white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, toffee, baked apple notes, calvados alcohol, some dried fruits and spicy notes. Taste is sweet malty with caramel, dried fruits, notes of vanilla and slight oxidized notes. Finish is warming alcohol and sweet toffee, apples and hints of vanilla. Medium to full bodied, sticky texture, soft carbonation.
Bill Becker (714) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JUL 20, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 Pours a deep copper/gold with some foam. Lacing I can’t get even when I swirl the beer in my glass.
Rich caramel malt, wood, and some hints of fruit in the smell.
Taste is like it smells with the addition of vanilla and some toffee. This is sweet but not overly so.
Almost chewy body with light carbonation.
_angst_ (4261) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nip bottle courtesy of Theydon_Bois. Pours tiny hazy golden with no head. Smell is malty and fruity with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge,
caramel covered carnival apples, raisins, moist soil, minerals and apple brandy alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and fruity. Mouthfeel
is soft, round, slightly sticky sweet, boozy and medium to full bodied. Taste is sweet and slightly bitter with caramel, toffee, vanilla
fudge, ripe apples, raisins, minerals, apple brandy alcohol and hints of cinnamon. Really good UK barley wine with a nice twist. Another
alexsdad06 (8165) - Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.5 oz. bottle 2004 vintage. Pours a deep amber color with a small off white head. The nose is all barleywine; sweet caramel malts, fruits, some vanilla, and quite a bit of apple character. The calvados barrel is there from the beginning. The flavor is much of the same with the calvados barrel influencing everything, honey and raisins. Overall I enjoyed this beer, but the calvados could be less in your face with this one. Thick and syrupy and sweet in the mouth. I am glad to have shared this slowly with someone else as it is strictly a sipping beer.
MadIndian (2713) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle gift from Dennis Bell. Bold notes of prune, raisin, barrel and spice. Finish was somewhat apple, booze and pepper. Nicely done.
spice oak Finish: peppery
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2006 bottle drank Jan of ’14. Pour is an extremely murky dark rusted brown with virtually no head. Nose has light hints of oxidation with just a touch if the cask. Very rich malt complexity, brown sugar and a hint of soy with some chocolate malt notes. Taste is more oxidized, a fair bit of cardboard and wet paper. Malt is rich and a bit sweet, some residual sugars. Chocolate and brown sugar mix with notes of the sweet cask. Full bodied and chewy with moderate carbonation and a hint granule.