Steasy66 (1116) - 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.
markducommun (881) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful deep red orange color, minimal head. Deep sweet caramel, very dried fruit forward. Raisins. Incredibly sweet, minimal bitterness. Heavy body, very clean mouthfeel. Very long finish. Excellent.
maley1 (1116) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 8, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber pour with small off white head. Aroma of malts, caramel, apple brandy, hops and a slight funky cheese aroma. Taste of caramel malts, toffee, green apple, brandy, hops and fruits. Full bodied, soft carbonation, nicely balanced. Delicious beer, a little off putting from the funky cheese aroma. Possibly an infected bottle but taste said otherwise. Very enjoyable beer.
VsXsV (3906) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Hazy deep amber liquid with small to medium off-white head. Aroma of booze, wood, raw sugar, toffee and raisins. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar, raisins and booze. Full bodied with low carbonation. Meh.
Luvystypotables (1613) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of Granny Smith Apples, and a caramel malt, pours a hazy fresh apple cider like brown with no head or carbonation. Tastes of malt, sweetish apple brandy with a medium body and a sweet caramel malt finish. Better than any Clavados I’ve ever had.
radagast83 (7141) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 bottle at the May 1st DC tasting. Poured a dark brown, ruby color with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma was boozy malts, light barrel notes. The flavor is better than the regular J.W. Lees, in that there’s a bit more complexity here. Light barrel notes, toffee, sweet character.
GenDV138 (5737) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the DC RateBeer Tasting, thanks radagast83! Slightly hazy brownish orange with beige head. Aromas of raisins, caramel, toffee, butterscotch. Tastes of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, light booze, oak. Medium-light body with a dry finish.
migwell (276) - 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 (9755) - 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 (2990) - 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 (3079) - 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.