warhawk91 (298) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle (Jan, '14) into a snifter. Pour is a deep, dense ruby amber with 1 1/2 fingers of off-white/ khaki head. Aroma is intense malts including caramel, toffee, dark fruits, cherries and citrusy hops, with a hint of booze. Taste mirrors the aroma. Big malty bready flavors, heavy in the caramel with cherries and fig. Has some molasses, brown sugar notes as well. Finishes with plenty of bittering hops and some pine. Not a huge booze feel but it's there. The mouth feel is a bit viscous, true to the style. Definitely one of the better American style barley wines I've had Still gonna let the rest of these mellow in the cellar a bit like I do all barley wines.
jkwalking05 (3640) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz bottle. Amber with an average off-white head. Aroma is of brown sugar, toffee, leaves, herbal, earth. Taste is of pine, toffee, leaves, sugar, booze.
travita (3856) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The smell is hops, fruits, stale, yeast, bread, and caramel. The taste is fruit, caramel, toffee, off, alcohol, and egh. The look is a beige colored head, clear, reddish brown head.
Osprey87 (1393) - WALES - JUL 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Brewdog. I think it was up as ’Mikkeller Freudian Slip’, though I may be wrong. Dark red / brown, small scummy head. Aroma - sweet toffee, pine. Body is medium, rich and foamy, low carbonation. Taste is semisweet toffee, pine, rosewater, toothpaste with orange squash. Alcohol is well hidden. Very similar to the Stone Old Guardian I just had, but nowhere near as sweet.
djd07 (3335) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Matt. Pours a dark brown with beige head that lasts. The aroma is candy sugar, oak, and booze. Flavor is similar with nice sweetness. Boozy, good.
zach8270 (3376) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Copper pour with a thin tan head. Hoppy and peppery aroma with a lot of caramel malts underneath. Flavor starts off with a very sweet and malty taste, almost too sweet, but then is balanced out quickly by the hop bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden and bitterness lingers for a while.
vyvvy (3904) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours reddish amber with a good sized dense beige head. The aroma has bready malt, English earthy yeast, woodiness, dry caramel and underlying hints of candy. Fairly full bodied with sweet caramel malt, sugary aspects, very English yeastiness (even though this says its an American barleywine) and ridiculously heavy malt. The finish shows some earthy hoppiness, but still remains malt forward. This bottle is about three months old, so I was expecting a bit more of an aggressive hop presence due to the description. Still nice though.
Theydon_Bois (7938) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at the Euston Tap, 24/06/14.
Dark amber/chestnut brown with a moderate light tan swirl and edgeing.
Nose is light booze, sticky pine, hoppy waftings, rich stoned fruit notes, bread pudding, caramel.
Taste comprises dark fruit mash, dates, prunes, caramel fudge, hop presence, fruit cake mix.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, lightly warming booze in the close but the alcohol is kept well in check.
Decent hopped up barley wine.
JHeath99 (834) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Carriage Hills. Pours a caramel colored amber with a layer of tan head. Aroma of caramel, malts, and citrus. Taste has some dark fruits in it and lots of booze.
chimpgibbon (286) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at BD Shep Bush. Certainly one of the best barley wines I’ve had. Spicy, hoppy, some citrus notes, big n boozy. Great carbonation and a lingering bubble action that fizzes the tongue. Goes very well with the tan colouring. There is a hint of an astringent chemical harshness here too that gives some negative points. Something I’ve noticed with other high ABV Evil Twin brews. However, this is a total winner and scary drinkable.