liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
22 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, piney, and boozy, with hints of brown sugar, raisin, leather, biscuit, and resin. Taste/Palate: syrupy and sweet; finishes bitter. Amazing malt/hop balance. Perfect!
trapped (1773) - New York, TURKEY - NOV 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Numbered bottle. Pours hazy dark amber with medium beige foamy head, strong hops and roasted malt aroma, low carbonation, slightly sweet oak flavored taste with bitter resionus ending, long finish with slightly astringent aftertaste. Strong stuff!
cards04 (2510) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a lovely deep mahogany. The nose on this is incredible. Lots of dark dried fruit and molasses. Notes of vanilla and spice too. Too bad the flavors fall flat. Maybe some sweetness.. A boozy finish... But no complexity.
DrSilverworm (9442) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, from Dutch’s. Release #14, 10.4% ABV, den# 1294. Apparently this was bottled 9/30/13, according to the details on Epic’s website. Pours a completely hazy brown / red color. Kind of darker brick color. Thin ring of off-white head. Leaves some loose ropes of lace. Second pour yields much nice appearance, with better head, and thicker lace. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp, light carbonation. Slick, oily texture to the finish. Very interesting malt profile. Darker grains, something like rye, kind of spicy, pretty toasty breadiness. Big piney resiny hop. Big earthiness. Bigger bitter taste. Lighter sweet taste. Some light alcohol in the finish after each sip. Pretty tasty hoppy bitter assertive barleywine. The c-hop gives it a nice edge. Nice taste & flavor. Very nice to enjoy with my dinner. A 3.9 on it’s own (a score which had been climbing on it’s own before I entered the kitchen), like a 4.2+ when used for washing down my sandwich. Any hint of alcohol or bite dissapears when paired with a hearty meal, and suddenly it turns from a sipper to an easy-drinker. Finishing off the last half of the bomber in between bites of my dinner was magical. Will revisit this again someday, and in the same fashion.
monk191 (1542) - California, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent barleywine, hoppier than most. Pours a nice bright amber with a white head. Smells sweet. Taste starts sweet, but ends a bit bitter. Had on tap at the brewery.
BelgianBeerGal (3572) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Last sample at the annex. Clear copper color with a white ring. Sweet caramel aroma with a hint fresh hops. American styled barley wine with the bolder hops. A little spice and a little sweetness. Nice and warming.
jkwalking05 (4443) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Brown with a decent beige head. Aroma is of caramel sauce, light maple, molasses, brown sugar, and toffee. Taste is of molasses, caramel, booze, toffee, tobacco (could be the cigar), and toast.
travita (4639) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The look is amber in color, beige colored head, and cloudy. The smell is sweet, caramel, fruits, and interesting. The taste is sweet, caramel, malts, candy, and ok.
BeerandBlues2 (11471) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours lightly cloudy dark brown with a medium, creamy and small bubbled beige head, medium retention moving to the glass edge with excellent lacing. Aroma is sweet toast and nutty malt, light caramel notes, dates and figs with spicy and earthy hops, light peppery alcohol and some wood/oak notes. Flavor is sweet caramel and toast/bready malt with dark fruits of dates and figs, light earthy and spicy hops with medium bitterness, light peppery alcohol, light oak and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
ABUSEDGOAT (2423) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brownish color, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is syrupy caramel, dark bread, notes of darker fruit, alcohol. Full bodied, sweet, somewhat sticky.