FishBizkit (234) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 mL ceramic bottle pours mahogany with a creamy, khaki head into a snifter. I really like the nice foamy top, very appetizing looking brew that prevents you from putting the glass down. Wow... quite a rich aroma: tons of toffee, sweet malts, centennial hops stand out, overripe red apples, pear, vanilla, and a touch of spice; booze is noticeable. Toffee is well balanced with grapefruit-like hops, blending into spiced apples. Finishes with rich caramel and an impressive kick of warming booze. Full bodied with an oily mouthfeel and a low level of carbonation. It is a bit hot, age has turned this brew into a powerhouse. warming sipper, wish my favorite shop still had some in stock ;).
GreatDane1632 (1116) - Alabama, USA - AUG 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rated based on notes taken 10 Sep 2012 -- Growler from my buddy Leitch poured into a pint glass and shared while enjoying his last night in Laughlin. Gonna miss this bastard. Glad he was able to share one last awesome brew with me.
Koelschtrinker (13105) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUL 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intensiv malziger, scharf schokoladig bitterer Antrunk, gänzlich ohne Karbonisierung. Die Intensität bleibt hoch, Espresso, deutlich Vanille. Dabei sehr weich, der Alkohol ist höchstens ahnbar. Viskos, erneut Bitterschokolade. Pflaume, mild herb. Langer Nachgeschmack. 8/13/9/13/11/13
BeerRenter76 (303) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
XS 2013 Batch: Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a sweet flavor and an herbal hop flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink, a bit pricey, i wish they didnt have to use these ceramic bottles.
Fantomasus (287) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a murky caramel brown with a light brown/tan head, impressive. Potent aromas: caramel, bread, cereal, resin, floral, dough, leather, alcohol, cooked vegetables, and some vanilla. Amazing. Flavor is off balance but delicious. Super sweet, sour, then bitter and salt. Better than I first thought. Finish is mostly bitter and alcohol. Wonderful stuff.
Evolutionary (402) - Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap from rogue store. Great pour and medium body. Smooth and a bit sweet with a bit of head. Great heaviness for a barley wine and alcohol shines thru. Tasty. Would do again.
Bricks (762) - Delaware, USA - JUN 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reasonably good color with some bits in it. Smells very good, balanced.. malty and perhaps some vanilla. Taste is great, not overly sweet.
brokensail (13616) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Rogue Public House - Portland. How have I never rated this? I know I’ve had this beer multiple times. Deep amber colored beer with a thin layer of khaki foam. Enormous brown sugar, caramel, and woody hops on the nose. Pretty heavy toffee, too. Slight candied apple. There’s a pretty big woody hop and grass flavor to it. Kind of an oily citrus note, too. Despite the bitterness, still quite sweet. But a decent enough barleywine.
andrewje41 (1431) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pour, split. 2000 vintage. Much thanks to Tcon for sharing this. Always fun to try a beer that was made when I was still in grade school. Pours dark, with a flat appearance. No head. Raisin, and vanilla aroma. Flat taste, but surprisingly smooth. Dry finish with heavy hops and light fruit. Very fun to try, and flavor is still holding up well. Good beer.
monk191 (1350) - California, USA - APR 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good barleywine, not as malty as some others. Pours a clearish amber with a thick grey head. Smells of fruit, caramel, malts and sea salt. Taste is bright fruit with pineapple and peach with some scotch notes, and sea salt in the finish. Had on tap at Billcos.
kevinsenn (1508) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Rogue in SF. Raisin and brandy aroma; quite nice. Enormous raisin and grape taste, sweet with some caramel, and a clean ever-so-slightly bitter finish. Very good barley wine.