EamonTheGreat (132) - USA - MAY 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear reddish amber with a thins head. The aroma is sweet and malty with hints of toffee and oak. The taste is much the same with rich carmely malt flavor that blends perfectly with the oak aged character. The high ABV is hidden well with such rich flavor. A great Barleywine. So much flavor.
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cafgen (127) - California, USA - MAY 27, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Amber color with a one finger tan head. Aroma is bread, wood and malt with a hint of alcohol. Taste is sweet malt, slight roast notes and an alcohol finish. This could have been a great beer if the alcohol were not to present.
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JStax (2955) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle poured into a Firestone Walker teku. Pours a clear, dark copper with a beige head of foam that starts big, but dissipates pretty quickly. As the beer warms up, notes of toasted nuts, toffee, raisins, and creme brûlée come through. The taste is sweet, a bit leathery, and dry. It has a big, juicy woody profile. The alcohol seems well hidden for the majority of the drink, but as the swallow works it’s way down the throat, there is a noticeable heat. Thicker mouthfeel that is a touch sticky. Low carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty tasty beer. For 12 percent, it is nicely drinkable. Taking down the whole bottle won’t be an issue.
brigg (508) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Dark, nearly opaque ruby-brown body with medium frothy head. Aroma of strong alcohol, candied malt, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, oak. Medium body, silky texture. Very sweet, strong alcohol with heat; vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit.
bergstaden (1216) - Røros, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep golden with a white head - Good malt aroma - Good malt body with some hint of alcohol heat - Good malt finish - This was real good
KyotoLefty (6273) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. 2011. Nose of oak, vanilla, oranges, toffee, restrained bourbon. Milky vanilla yogurt flavor, toffee, sweet but balances. Tobacco. Well, just a bit too sweet but good.
TylerGreenDC (287) - - MAY 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2014 On draft. Holy wow. Aroma of blocks of dark chocolate and red wine. Flavors of high-%age cacao chocolate, raisins and vanilla. More raisins as it warms. Serious experience.
Habanero (2543) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours hazy and deep amber with a small, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, hoppy notes, toffee, bourbon notes, riped fruit,v anilla and and wood Sweet flavor that end up more dry with alcohol. Medium to full bodied, syrupy texture and flat carb. An excellent Barley.
Lothore (548) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a hazy reddish brown color with a small, off white head.
S- Caramel, dark fruit, fig, date
T- Caramel, toffee, dark fruit, which moves into a light bitterness followed by lingering notes of deep, dark fruit.
M- Thick and effervescent.
D- Great barleywine. Excellent sipper that i’m glad I got the chance to try.
77ships (3681) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Courtesy of and thanks to Kraddel][650 ml. bottle][Consumed close to half] Gorgeous packaging. Pours a dark pomegranate copper amber that just screams barleywine. Almost clear beer with only bubbles for a head, beige bubbles. Smells heavily of sherry, good side of oxidation, oily pine nuts and walnuts, thick caramel, lots and lots of sherry with brown sugar sweetness. Taste is slightly metallic upfront followed by sherry, brown sugar and caramel sweet but nowhere near as sweet as quite a few beers of these style tend to be – which is how I prefer them honestly – & good oxidation reigns supreme here, lots of oily nuts, one again pine nut oil, dried old berries, faint dates, warming and mildly boozy. Not as thick as I had hopped and this feels a bit thinned out. Honestly, I had very high hopes for this one coming down from Abacus and Sucaba and it is not like it is the most common of beer here or anything but this was nowhere near as rich and decadent as I prefer my barleywines. This felt more tame than balanced with a kind of thinness and almost metallic character to it. Not bad but a definite downer for me.