TheBeerGod (5366) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Copper pour with a short, ring of tan foam around the edge of the glass. Aroma is vanilla, caramel, tropical fruit, coconut, booze, and sweet malt. Taste is strong toasted coconut, vanilla, oak, sweet malt, rum cake, tropical fruit, booze and soft hops. Body is medium-full with a mild carbonation and a syrupy, thick feel. Soft alcohol warmth as well. Finishes with more toasted coconut, vanilla, oak, chewy malt, caramel, candied fruit, booze, sponge cake, and soft hops.
TheEpeeist (3414) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Murky brown with a splotchy head. Nose is caramel, strawberry jam and brandy soaked pears. Chewy with a fermented tang and a hot bite. Taste is butterscotch, bitter grass and scotch. I sometimes have a problem with these imperialized brews but this is pretty good. A barleywine? Maybe an English strong.
keanex (1541) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The body is a hazy mahogany with no head at all, just a very thin ring on the outside, it looks great though for what it is.
S: The nice is very heavy on the barrels with oak and coconut being rather prominent, toffee and caramel underlie it with a slight fruitiness hidden beneath it all. The aroma leans sweet and is very complex, very enticing.
T: Caramel and toffee play well up-front with a sweet intro with a well-balanced yet prominent oak mid-taste with hints of vanilla and some fruity dark fruit flavors coming through.
M: Thick with a light fizz that accents the beer great.
O: Should I even be surprised at how great this is? Firestone Walker is perhaps the best barrel aging brewery there is. This is oak prominent without being overpowering, allowing the base beer to shine through.
Thisis12ptfont (885) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - OCT 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Massively intense aromas of wood, oak, barley, oats, alcohol and rye. Cloudy shade of brownish copper with a small foam top. Very complex and sweet flavors including oats, wheat, caramel, vanilla, mango, rye and alcohol. Full bodied and astoundingly complex. Overall, this is a fantastically complex brew boasting intense and sweet flavors. Big booze on the finish. I’d give this an A+ rating.
dwyerpg (4686) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Some molasses and alcohol in the aroma. Tasty. Hops and caramel, but the alcohol is definitely noticeable. Seems more like an English Strong than a barley wine to me. (Also a relatively low barleywine score for me).
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-amber with small off white head, some particulate matter. Aroma dark sugars, faint hops, malt. Full body, alcohol pretty hard to detect. A creamy feel overall. Flavor slightly sweet and bourbon-like at first, then a little oak, then ends with a kind of dull ESB-like bitterness. Nice.
thornecb (4592) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Off-white head with medium retention recedes to mottle surface. Sweet caramel and oak aromas. Thick with sweet toffee upfront turning hot before the lasting tropical fruit, oak and resin finish.
ADfan (628) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the glass it a honey brown color with a small head. On the nose there is some candy maybe some caramel and toffee. Also a little spice. Taste is unique. Starts off with some raisins an plums. After that there is some sweet malts and a little spice. The oak helps give it a brandy like quality. Good beer.
sailracer (419) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours a beige color with a small but firm head. Very sweet taste. So sweet it hides a lot of the barrel flavors. Very strong as well with apparent alcohol burn. I did occasionally pick up some bourbon and oak flavors, though not with every sip.
Rando7 (760) - Iowa, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours medium brown with thin but persistent white dead. Aroma lots of caramel. Taste sweet malts, caramel and toffee. Nice full palate with alcohol burn. Finish slight dullness and booze. Did not get a bourbon flavor. Alcohol very apparent.
Good barley wine that packs a punch.