ben4321 (3356) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 5/18/12, Release #2
Aroma: This one has a sweet nose with lots of caramel, some toasted malts, and a little booze
Appearance: It pours a dark orange-brown color with a small head and some spotty lacing
Flavor: Tastes pretty sweet, heavy on malts, a little brown sugar, plus a good bit of bozzy flavor
Palate: The body is medium-full, with a slightly cloyingness to the feel, and a good amouth of heat
This is a decent Barley Wine, but it is quite sweet, almost to the point of being cloying. I would have liked a little more balance. The 10.1% isn’t really all that well-hidden either. I gave this one a couple of months, but maybe it could have used a little longer then that to develop.
arminjewell (5233) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark reddish pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, cocoa, lots of caramel, molasses, hints of earth, slight red fruits in there as well, hints of grass. Taste is a mix of grass, spice, hints of dark fruit, chocolate, touch of nuts, caramel, toffee, finishing sweet. Pretty nice.
ajnepple (1118) - Clear Creek County, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Colorado Plus. Malty, strong and sweet with caramel and light chocolate balanced by earthy, piney, light bitter hops. Medium bodied with a crisp, soft feel and a dry, lingering finish.
GriffDaddy (35) - - DEC 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a surprisingly satisfying beer. Dark red pour, almost no head. Heavy fruit aroma, a hard sweet with some concentrated fruit. Tasted like it smelled, very sweet on the front end and bitter the rest of the way. A long, honey/concentrated fig-plummy taste, thick and sweet. Viscous and satisfying, yet, all Stills and Nash, not nearly enough Crosby balance. Still, a very, very good and satisfying beer.
Would I drink again? absolutely yes.
Would I order again? yes.
anders37 (14818) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Epic Brewing Denver Taproom, Denver, CO. Pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel hoppy dark fruit flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel finish.
jmagnus87 (2051) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Batch #3. Sweet and boozy with dark fermented fruits with brown sugar and caramel. Pretty darn good.
kermis (3767) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft sample at Epic Brewing taproom, Denver. Pours clear amber with an off white ring head. Aroma off malt, caramel, light grapefruit hops, overripe fruit, raisin, bready notes. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
MrHangover (1813) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ the brewery tap room. Pours a clear amber beer with a small beige head. Aroma is boozy, caramel, and slight roasted characters. Flavour is epic, big american hopped up barley wine. Full of alcoholic sweetness with a huge bitter hop presence in there. Wow, simply amazing and complex. Truly epic.
BeerKurve (363) - - OCT 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Release # 10. Dark crimson red with a filmy head and strong haze. Carbonation visible is moderate. Nose has a strong caramel, malty and chocolate scent with some pungent grapefruit and citrus hop notes. Flavor is surprisingly malty with caramel, chocolate, roasted barley and the citrus hop notes provide a good backup; A bit boozy tasting. Body is rather heavy and the carbonation starts out strong but tapers off after a while. Pretty good barleywine.
notalush (4464) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Denver tap room - fairly good American-style barleywine here - soft, creamy, full, and round in the mouth - quite bright, fruity, and floral - sweet, with notes of plum, caramel, but not overly sweet - there is also a fair amount of balancing hop character - pepper, pine, medium bitterness - could be more complex, but quite enjoyable.
keanex (1144) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: The body is a mud colored brown with a murky body to back it up. The head is tall and dense with average retention, settling into a full coating with bubbly edges.
Aroma: Rye bread, dried figs, basement musk, and hints of grapefruit. The aroma is a bit weak.
Taste: Very malty with brown sugar and dried figs in the background, becoming prominent around the finish, the finish is strong of rye bread with the spice to match and mild alcohol. Spicy hops and hints of grapefruit are noted throughout.
Palate: Medium to thick bodied with mild carbonation.
Overall: This is okay, I like it the more I drink it, but it comes too too spicy.