Lubiere (10603) - Ottawa, Ontario, - JUN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazed orange amber with a thin creamy light mocha head. In aroma, loads of treacle malt with floral hops, doughy character and warming alcohol. In mouth, a sweet biscuit malt with doughy character, piney hops, anised and warming alcohol, raspy mouthfeel.
bu11zeye (12039) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, old books, and toffee. Flavor of caramel, toffee, light cherry, raisins, plum, bread, and some pine with a somewhat thin mouthfeel.
stevoj (2485) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barley wine bottle share on 1/31, batch #14. More hoppy than other barley wines, not necessarily a bad thing. Lots of barley sweetness, ruby brown pour, some sticky lacing. A little flat on the finish, but really really good overall.
julesjis (197) - Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22. The beer looked thick. Had some certifiable floaties. Aroma was sweet and hoppy. Flavor had a sweet start, malty middle and smooth finish. Sweet flavors were brown sugar and caramel. Great evenly balanced beer.
liquidhedonism (233) - 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 (984) - New York City, 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 (2014) - 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 (7652) - 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 (1177) - 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 (3278) - 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 (3999) - 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.