Scubatrip (596) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the bottle with a green-wax 2010 release, pours a deep amber with a nice off-white foamy head, very nice lacing. Smells strongly like a typical barley wine while pouring. Once in the glass, aromas of malts and alcohol, some caramel, rather sweet. Taste is quite complex. Dull at first sip, crescendoing to a sweetness, and mellowing into a bitterly hoppy finish. Notes of caramel malts and alcohol, citrusy hoppy, smooth to start and rough to finish. Clearly, more care is put into brewing this beer than the cover girl puts into her appearance. Thumbs up.
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Man how they do this, so rich yet so hoppy, not bitter astringent hoppy but big fruity mango hoppy, then such a big rich malt backbone. Worthy of a 6
jcartamdg (2003) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 red wax. Pours copper with a thin white head. Aroma of big malt, caramel, butterscotch, and maple. Taste is malty with a touch of hop bitterness. This is a malt bomb but in a good way.
RickTStiles (764) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours murkey dark amber with a lasting off white head. Taste has notes of caramel, raisins and oatmeal. Finish is prunes.
Yorker (1211) - Herning, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle @ home (2014 - blue wax). Pours cloudy amber with a little sediment and an off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are caramel, malt, dried fruit, pine, and citrus - with a slightly bitter finish.
GRM (2999) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown bottle, 650 ml, 2006 vintage, trade with rfraga7 (thank you!)’ savoured on August 8 2014; eye: brown with a caramel hue, hazy, tiny sheet of khaki head, light lacing; nose: resinous hops, malt, caramel, light fruity, pine, fig, light alcohol; mouth: resinous hops, malt, caramel, slight fruity, pine, lots of astringency, bittering hops, fig, light alcohol, finale in bittering hops with good presence of malt and caramel, full body, quite bitter, mildly sweet, harsh texture; overall: fine and as hold up pretty well
Bouteille brune, 650 ml, millésime 2006, échange avec rfaga7, savourée le 8 août 2014; œil : brune avec une teinte caramel, trouble, petite couverture de mousse kaki, légère dentelle; nez : houblon résineux, malt, caramel, léger fruité, pin, figue, léger alcool; bouche : houblon résineux, malt, caramel, très léger fruité, pin, beaucoup d’astringence, houblon amérisant, figue, léger alcool, finale en houblon amérisant avec bonne présence de malt et de caramel, corsée, pas mal amère, moyennement sucrée, texture rugueuse; en résumé : bien et a bien vieilli
hackobock (1391) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2013 version. Pours light hazy amber with a creamy white head. Aroma of caramel, resin, orange zest, peach, passionfruit, soap. Taste is medium sweet caramel and ripe fruits, medium bitter grassy and piney all the way. Finish is medium grassy bitter with a caramel background, some alcohol coming through as it warms up. Creamy medium/full bodied with low/medium carbonation.
Lectvay (136) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Been wanting to try this for a while. Thanks for the bottle, Ray! This hits all the right notes for a barleywine in its aroma and taste. Sweet and robust, with a noticeable hoppy brightness. A very special barleywine.
Pyrmir (3369) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle, vintage 2009. Hazy amber with off white head. Aroma of marmalade, peach and lots of caramel. Taste is sweet, caramel, fruit, marmalade, apricot and pine. Nice
Dfonorow (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 release on tap at DLD 2014. Pour is burnt orange with a very small white head. Aroma and flavor of molasses, dark caramel, resin hops, toffee, and light biscuit. Finish has a lot more hop presence with more fruit flavors.
MotherBrother (695) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 - blue wax.
Pour murky nutty brown, with a small frothy off white head.
Aroma is really hop forward. when poured, this seems like a "triple IPA", but it warms up, the malty caramel notes comes through. Also slight dark fruits and some mint in here as well.
The taste is sweet, but has plenty of hoppy bitterness to it as well. Medium n’ slightly sticky body, with a semi-flat carbonation.
I know this is what American BW is all about, but I dig my BW’s more sweet. Oh well, shame on me.