SlackerMads (1132) - DENMARK - MAY 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at CBC. Copper with a tiny off white head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, wood. Heavy sweet and medium bitter. Full body, creamy/syrupy texture, soft carbonation. Alcohol well hidden, soft caramel. Good.
deanso (4482) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at cbc 2013.
Thin white head. Ckear amber pour. Noticable woody notes and alcohol. A lovely brew.
Theydon_Bois (6455) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle split with JF, 20/04/13, from an IP trade with George.
Lightly hazed dark amber with a thin beige film of a head.
Nose is dark caramel, vanilla, brown sugars, almonds, dark fruit, waft of booze.
Taste comprises Dark toffee, light chocolate, booze, marsh mallows, brown sugars, syrup & figs, toasted malt, butterscotch popcorn.
Full bodied, dine carbonation, boozey finish.
A more than decent barley wine!
hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Dawson’s Restaurant on draft at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento, CA. This came in the 16 oz glass a dark murky brown with a small tan head and light lacing. Nose of rich malts and treacle. Medium plus in body and with a smooth clean mouthfeel. Flavor is very rich with lots of roasted malts and some fruit and vanilla. Very tasty and nice to drink.
gyllenbock (3947) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at a tasting in Stockholm, April 2013. (thanks Johan)
Dark amber with a medium head. Aroma of toffee, some vanilla, malt and some dried fruit. The taste was sweet with vanilla, toffee, malt, fruit, pine and notes of oak. Thick body with a smooth mouthfeel. A very nice beer.
SirLimpsalot (1909) - SWEDEN - APR 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ Norman: stor bärig doft. Fantastisk len smak med stora toner vanilj och toffee. Lång söt eftersmak. Mycket god.
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popery (1231) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep, warm shade of amber. Small, light beige head, which dissipates to nothing. Filtered. The aroma is dominated by rich caramel and toffee malt flavors. There’s some apricot, coconut, sugar cane, almonds and cotton candy. The taste is sweet and luxurious. It’s pretty much a delicious barleywine with light barrel notes. I’m mostly getting vanilla and a light woodiness from the barrel-aging. There’s some fairly subtle bourbon in the background, but it meshes into the other notes quite nicely. Some booze in the aroma, but it mostly just warms up the palate once you take a sip. The mouthfeel is smooth and thick, but it never got cloying for me. This is one of the best barrel-aged beers that I’ve had from FW, probably my second favorite after Sticky Monkey (? - one of the barleywines that was used in a recent FW anniversary beer). It does a particularly good job of showing FW’s light touch with barrel-aging. Great stuff.
Strykzone (4383) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Dice. This poured dark brown and is clear despite dark pieces of sediment being suspended. A nice light tan head. Lots of malts in the aroma. Toffee is nice and rich. First sip tells me this is a very sweet beer. It is also smooth in the mouth. This beer has huge toffee and light fruit. It is not overly complex but is very solid. Some oak is tasted with a bit of vanilla behind it.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4456) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the April 2013 3R6P beer tasting. +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured an orange-amber color with a small soapy beige head that faded and left no lacing. The aroma was wood, whiskey, nut and vanilla. The flavor was wood, bourbon, caramel, coconut, light sweet fruity hops and vanilla. Long caramel and bourbon finish. Moderately full bodied. Nice.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, poured into my FW snifter. sits a deep, clear amber in the glass capped by a whispy, bright white head that leaves sticky rings of lace. aroma is absolutely wonderful with huge notes of toffee pralines, butterscotch candies, vanilla cake, and raisin spice oatmeal backed by pine esters, toasted oak, and subtle notes of berries as it warms. flavor is delicious as well with heavy notes of toasted oak, bourbon, caramel syrup, and toffee backed by candied pineapple, dried apricots, and vanilla extract. palate is full bodied and feels dense in the mouth with light carbonation and a lingering, dry, bitter, and boozy finish. overall, another excellent barrel aged effort from FW.