EdInSaltLake (437) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet/brown sugar, light caramel, grainy malt. Good balance of different malt flavors, and also a nice balance with citrus hops--which is secondary to the malt, but substantial. Firm bitterness; some alcohol flavor, but not much.
brokensail (9128) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber in color with a khaki head. Sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Grapes, raisins, plum, and citrus fruit notes. A little bit boozy, some pine, and lightly herbal. Sugar and malt forward flavor of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Light bitterness of pine and herbal hops. Citrus peel, raisin, grape, and plum fruitiness. Kind of warm/alcoholic on the finish.
obguthr (3312) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Peanut hull, pencil shaving nose with caramel and pine accents. Clear rust, thin yellow head, decent lacing. Cherry and orange peel dominated flavor. Definite woody character withg boysenberries. Walnuts and resinous pine finish. Medium body and easy carbonation. Damn, thatís a fine barleywine.
Itzjerm (905) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not much in the nose but a nice brew. Sweet but not to sweet pretty balanced. Very enjoyable brew
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
adnielsen (7576) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home picked up at Wilburís Fort Collins. Pours a hazy reddish brown appearance with a light brown head. Zesty, orange blossom, potpourri, caramel, a bit boozy, but unique aroma. A touch tart, big grape, plum fruity, very floral, spicy potpourri, a bit citrusy, somewhat earthy, slightly resiny flavor. Slightly boozy and quite floral. Unique and pretty fun to drink.
Toadvine (68) - Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bomber, release # 9 (Nov. 2012), 10.6% abv. Pours an opaque amber, slightly orange. No head. Aroma is mainly alcohol and bready yeast, taste is the same. Just not a very complex beer. Not the best ABW I'have had, but not the worst either.
BVery (5134) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Brew Kettle. Sweet rich caramel aroma. Rich amber pour. Sticky sweet taste - slightly hoppy and very tasty.
lobotomizdgoat (18) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick mouthfeel, notes of alcohol and dark caramel, hops come in a little too quickly and strong but donít subtract from the wonder.
Thisis12ptfont (709) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Raisins, brown sugar and caramel on the nose. Deep crimson brown in color with a thin foam. Strong hop flavor with notes of dates, sherry, oak, bread crust and herbs. Alcohol is slightly masked yet, noticeable on this finish. Undertones of yeast, nuts and caramel. Overall, very unique and well done barley wine. Iíd give this an A rating.
Ernest (5882) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, toasted grain, caramel), moderately hoppy (apricot, grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of honey, dried mango, gum, alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Good stuff for the style...clean nose with a healthy dose of fruitiness that helps to distract one from the crude resinous hops. Quite sweet, as one would expect, but thereís plenty of finishing bitterness so itís actually reasonably well-balanced for this type of brew. Kind of a sloppy mouthfeel (syrupy and hot), but all in all a fairly solid rendition.