dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A light caramel aroma. Beautiful color. This has a strong bite of both hops and alcohol up front, with some caramel that grows in it. Smooth and good.
nuplastikk (3818) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle picked up near the brewery in September of 2010, opened March 2011, which assumably makes it the 2009 edition. Faint non-hiss when opened and accompanying mild, almost non-existent carbonation level. Murky red-brown. The aroma is classic Barleywine, deep mollases soaked amber malt. A pretty well executed offering, much better fresh and carbonated I’d bet. As it is it comes off a little like watery honey mead. OK.
IrishBoy (3685) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz 2004 bottle a bonus from Ratman! Thanks Don! Nose of raisin pie with some toffee and the pies yeasty crust, nose is really mellow! Very murky amber with a small beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, with an Adam old ale note. Quite a decent barleywine.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at brewpub.<br.Pours a deep amber with a nose of deep, boozy molasses and plumb/raisin malt. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, raisin, molasses, and a funky sour note in the finish. Oily on the tongue. Not bad but the sour fruit finish doesn’t work.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark and murky-brown. Sweet, hoppy-fruity nose. Low carbonation. Thick, chewy, syrupy texture. Sugary and fruity hops with big notes of pine. Sweetness, overall, is a bit much, but not distracting. Some of its bitterness combats it well. Interesting flavors surface but I wouldn't call it overly complex. Overall, it was kind of like caramel-dipped pine needles, and I liked that flavor.
sunevdj (2916) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Ratman. Pours a hazy dark brown. Sweet with some dryness. Aromas of caramel and hints of roasted malts. Also notes of alcohol and residual sugars.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a thick malty barleywine - sweet, caramel, burnt toast; a great combination of malt flavors here. It’s all balanced by a generous hopping. Finish is long, warm and mellow (with a slight acidity). Bought a couple of bottles to try at a later date.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bright orange haze, with a bubbly head that was very slow to initially develop. The nose is unusually tame for the style and is nearly non-existant until the swirling of the glass reveals underlying caramel malt and a touch of raisins and toffee. Flavor is lacking in body and texture, malt accented, bringing in notes of caramel and toffee, along with a finish that can mainly be described as alcoholic.
rougeau13 (1766) - Texas, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque medium brown with a small, but lasting, off-white head. Aroma of figs, figs, and more figs, caramel, molasses and slight hops. The flavor, again, is full of figs, sweet, but not too much so. Full bodied and a bit creamy. The first two sips I wasn’t sure, but after that it was quite enjoyable.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, vintage unknown. Mild sweet and fruity aroma. Small head, but it has staying power. Dark copper color. Body is nice and thick, sticky and cloying, excellent for the style. Taste is quite sweet, but there is a lot of roasted tones from the malt. Great balance. Finish has some nice bitter tones. Alcohol is detectable, but again is welll balanced. I was surprised by how good this beer was.