smith4498 (3222) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sledutah - Secret Santa 2011. Release #1. Pours dark caramel color with tan head. Aromas of caramel malts and pine. Dark fruits and sweet caramel flavors with some pine hops. Medium to full body with soft carbonating and a syrupy mouthfeel. Nice. Thanks Craig.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a deep shade of mahogany with a light khaki head. Nose is of some dark fruits and some brown sugar. Taste is nearly bready with a little bit of a sweet finish. Smooth on the tongue, but nothing too impressive.
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hop aromas followed by sweet malt. Pours brown with a small white head. Flavors of toffee balanced by hops. Alcohol is well integrated. Overall a pretty solid barleywine.
jrob21 (2846) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from bestway. A really nice barley wine that combines the best of a hoppy ipa with a full bodied and malty profile. A citrusy grapefruit and lemon peel aroma that is bright and cheery. Full bodied flavor with a lot of malt and caramel. A little boozy and a little molasses. Slight and adding some depth and rounding out the mouthfeel well. Finish is bright hops again and fruity. Citrusy with some lemon and grapefruit bitterness. Really well made and well balanced.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bottle, Release #1: Pours a clear deep copper amber with a stringy-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet toasty caramel nose with some light fruity notes and lots of fresh citrusy hops. Starts with good fullness and sweet light caramel malt with a good balance of fresh hop flavor and bitterness and some light fruity complexity before a slight drier and warming bittersweet finish. True to style and should age well.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2012 Bottle. Pours a hazy copper with a large, beige head. Aroma of pine hops and caramel. Flavor of pine hops and caramel with notes of bread, dark fruits and a hint of citrus. Very hoppy for a barleywine but not overly complex.
GODiSSOUTHERN (389) - Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown. Toffee dominates this one. brown sugar, caramel. Really nice smooth but strong hop finish with some alcohol as well.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Release #1 bottle from Whole Foods Market P Street, which means I’ve had it several months. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of toffee malts, brown sugar, citrus hops and faint nutty notes. The taste is brown sugar, toffee, citrus, molasses, bitter finish and faint alcohol warmth. Medium-full bodied. Nice.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Rating #34. Hazy dark orange brown pour. Light malt aroma. Not a lot going on in the flavor department. (2007)
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Another enjoyable one from Epic. Not been feeling barleywines a whole lot lately, other than of the aggressively hopped variety. This one certainly fit that bill, though. Nice garnet pour with a lively, rocky head. Aggressive aroma, both heady sweetness and harsh bitterness. Sharp and somewhat boozy palate, but it kind of works with this righteously hopped beer, backed up by a full sweet malt profile that balances out the aggressiveness. Solid BW for sure.