Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft, Hard Liver. Pours black with a ring of white bubbles. Aroma is pretty intense with lots of toffee, vanilla, caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar, bourbon. All those notes are layered together beautifully in the flavor, and there are some nice woody notes that add balance. Finishes a little hot, moderately rich body, pretty creamy feeling. I would consider this my favorite barley wine of the day.
trevor211 (1297) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hard Liver 2010. Crazy dark pour - a bit of red showing through a really deep brown. Small head - really pretty. Nuts and fruits in an explosion of flavor in this one. Deep roasted caramel malts and bourbon/vanilla, with a great hoppy finish - almost too much on the finish - this one ends seriously bitter given how thick it is. Itís a bit hot, but clean. Tasty, for sure.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled several times at the 2010 AZ strong beer fest. Dark amber pour. Oak, bourbon, hops, dark fruit, vanilla. Fantastic!
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Churchillís. No head at all. Darker than Iíd expect from a Barleywine. Looked more like a porter in the glass. Nose is rich and deep. Booze, raisins, spice. Taste is really good barleywine. Sweet and spicy, vanilla oak caramel brown sugar and more dark fruit. Yummy.
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a dark, rich amber color with a small off-white (perhaps beige) head.
S: The nose has an incredibly rich fruitiness to it which I really was not expecting. Plenty of sugar, caramel, bourbon, vanilla and oak in the nose as well.
T: The nose gave this one a lot to live up to, and Iím happy to say the flavors delivered! A lot of caramel and toffee sweetness, obviously, but also some really great barrel character as well. The bourbon, vanilla, oak, and even some hop bitterness really round this beer out.
M: The body is very full with a low level of carbonation that works well here.
D: Normally you donít associate barleywines with easy drinking, but this one is so smooth and delicious that itís easy to keep going back for more. I canít wait until this is bottled.
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
on draft at collins pub for the real strong ale fest. slight cherry note to the barley with a very strong and lasting alcohol aftertaste
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(on tap @ the brewery)dark brown body with a brown head.aroma and flavor are an awesome blend of oak,bourbon,vanilla,cotton candy,and malts.very smotth for 13%.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to whomever brought this to the Woodshop 5.0 tasting.
This was a nice beer. Tasty, complex, smooth. I enjoyed it.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from Timís growler at Woodshop 5.0. Deep caramel brown with a wispy beige head, nice lacing. Deep nose of red apples, brown sugar and light booze. Great carbonation and mouth feel.
kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler at Woodshop 5.0, courtesy of a fine gentleman named Tim who Iíd met up at the Russian River Pliny the Younger release. Thanks, dude! Pours a dark, deep yellowish-brown color; thin, medium-bubbled off-white head with patchy lacing. Lots of coconut, brown sugar, and toasty barrel character in the aroma; beautiful coconut notes. Medium-to-full body: lots of smooth brown sugar, dark fruits, coconut and oily maltiness; smooth presence in the mouth, pleasantly integrated alcohol and a good amount of lingering sweetness. Lasting finish of brown sugar, caramel and dark fruits; nicely bitter end.