Slipstream (2076) - USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A smooth, bourbon flavored barley wine. There is a lot of caramel flavor and maple syrup sweetness. It doesn’t look like there is any maple syrup or bourbon barrel aging going on here tho. Snappy hop finish. On draft at The Pony Bar.
drpimento (2294) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Geez, don’t know what happened with this bottle compared to what others seem to have tried. Poured at a cool temperature with a smallish, fizzy, tan head that quicly settled to a couple of dinky islands and no lace. Color is a clear amber orange cherry. Aroma is malt, caramel, hop, solvents, dark ripe fruit. Flavor’s similar to nose, sweet and carbonic tang in front, followed by a little bitter and the solvent. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, slow taper to a lingering cheap brandy aftertaste accented by the alcohol.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
650mL bottle, purchased at BeerCraft in Rohnert Park. Pours a bright, honey-amber color; fine-bubbled light tan head with solid lacing; lightly viscous. Plenty of ethanol warmth in the aroma, showing dried dark fruits, honey, brown sugar, and sticky caramel; layered, but alcohol-forward. Full mouthfeel with a modest, spritzy carbonation that, along with the lean alcohol warmth, makes for a damn fine mouthfeel overall; unlike the aroma, the alcohol melds more carefully and is lost behind the caramel and brown sugar in the mouth; toasty, vanilla and lightly buttery oak; layers of toffee and candied sweetness; a generous, really solid barleywine that, despite the heavy alcohol notes, is exceptionally expressive and enjoyable. Solid. Lasting finish of toasty oak, buttery vanilla, and caramel.
BMMillsy (1524) - Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2013 Pours amber with very little head. Aromas of bread, heavy sugar and hard candy. Vanilla toffee maybe with some oaky scotch. Slight hops in the smell. I can tell this will be intense. Flavor is very sweet to start, but seems to mellow out to keep it from being too, too cloying. Still a bit overly sweet for my liking. Flavor of brown sugar candy, toffee and vanilla. Ever so slight bitter on the finish, with strong booze lingering a bit. Very much highlights the english malt here. The barrel aging definitely comes out in this one. Heavy slick mouthfeel. Very interesting. Glad I tried it but won’t likely seek it out again. That’s not to say I wouldn’t have it again.
ekstedt (5635) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (bomber), courtesy of _angst_. Clear copper, medium off-white head. Fruity and caramelly, with coconut and vanilla, dill, chives, and some alcohol. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Semi sweet, medium bitterness.
marcus (6785) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Belmont Station. Pours amber with a thick beige head and a fruity aroma. There is a treacle and dark malt flavor with a nice alcohol trail. Very tasty with a real oaky feel.
_angst_ (3058) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber received in trade. Thank you Pandableh! Pours slightly hazy very reddish golden with a rather small goldenish white head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is is sweet and malty with caramel, sweet white bread, honey, coconut, dill, wood, vanilla fudge, alcohol, cereal, raisins and powdered sugar. Taste is sweet and tiny bitter with sweet white bread, honey, caramel, coconut, charred wood, vanilla fudge, slightly dry grass, zante currants, cereal and alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth, slightly boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and tiny bitter with sweet white bread, caramel, coconut, vanilla fudge, bourbon, slightly dry grass and cereal.
Dazz3 (1554) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at UCTS testing. Pours dark copper with a small brown head. Smells nutty caramel malty. Tastes sweet nutty caramel malty, very clean taste and good balanced.
Marsiblursi (3028) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours copper with a small head. The aroma holds lots of wood notes (white oak) – dill, coconut, vanilla and butter. Undertones of honey, new backed cookies, light caramel, fudge, light spicy/earthy hops touch of fruits. The flavor is near medium
sweet, near medium bitter and tiny acidic with notes of wood, balanced malt and earthy hops. Notable alcohol. The mouthfeel is soft, smooth and tiny sticky with light carbonation. Buttery oak, fudge earthy hops on the finish. Medium bodied.
rlgk (11504) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at USA comes to Skövde. Amber/copper beer with a small offwhite head. Malty caramel aroma, toffee, nuts, caramel, raisins, dades, vinous, oak, vanilla, whiskey, brown sugar. Malty flavor, caramel, figs, raisins, dades, alcohol, whiskey, vanilla, brown sugar, nuts, spicy, dades, vinous, oak. Quite nicely balanced.