hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
One of this IPA-ish looking barley wines. Thick and chewy, hops present and assertive. Pretty decent but very middle of the road.
Maria (9964) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of After4ever, thanks Tom, I have had this in my cellar since one of our first trades... Itís Batch 5, 2004 and now itís January 2010. The color is dark amber and the head is creamy. The aroma has notes of caramel, wood, fruit, light licorice, raisin and the finish is slightly bitter and citrussy. Itís a really nice BW, slightly more hoppy than most.
neepsntatties (1092) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this on tap at Baileyís Taproomís Cellar Fest (2010). Colour... VERY cloudy! This stuff looks like unfiltered apple cidre! Nose... Toffee fest!! And plenty of dates, too! Palate... delicate CO2, loads of dark toffee, dried citrus peel, pine resin, a slight hint of oxidation but not enough to pull away from the otherwise delightful flavour!
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fish Brewing Company--Leviathon Barleywine--Reel Ale--Artist Series--2006 Release--12 oz. Bottle--10.00% ABV--65 IBUís? (4.25 / 5.0) Barleywine--Sediment hint. Mild lace head. Cloudy bright rich amber orange color. Tangy mild hop spice front. Smooth rich hot caramel mild sweet fruit body. Mellow ester notes. Rich hot hop EtOH tangy smooth end. Sampled 8/16/2006.
gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botle í04. POurs brown. Nose is sweet fruits, some roastiness, earthy hops, some sherry notes. Flavor is sweet fruits, plum, mild oxidization, earthy, toffee. Very nice!
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a caramel brown color with thin tan head. Aroma is malty and boozy with notes of caramel, toffee, phenol, light floral esters. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, brown sugar, alcohol, caramel, some hints of toffee and floral esters. Medium body with a lightly boozy finish.
sfhodense (4791) - Odense Nō, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, raisin and plum. Vineous. Flavour is sweet caramel, light alcohol, nice hoppy balance.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Deep red-amber color with a small, light beige head. Big fruity malt aroma, with some caramel, dried figs and light hops. The flavor is so bitter that almost no malt comes through, just bitterness and a vague herbal hop flavor. Bitter to the point of harsh astringency on the palate. This one just really did not agree with me at all. Maybe a few years would have helped mellow things, but I already got a hint of oxidation in the aroma.
illidurit (1999) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of SamGamgee. Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange with an ecru head. Aroma is caramel-based with hop notes of orange and grapefruit, some woodiness, and a little nuttiness. Flavor is woody and earthy in addition to the sweet caramel/toffee from the nose. Bitter lingering finish, somewhat tannic and astringent. Maybe a little too ambitious with the hopping here.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle courtesy of dave12285, unknown vintage, poured into a tulip.
Pours a murky caramel brown with a deep amber look when held up to light. There is a small cream-colored head that maintains a small collar and a bit of bubbles strung along the top.
The aroma is dominated by caramel malts and toffee sweetness. There isnít much in the way of hops left in this one - maybe some faint citrus if anything. As it warms, I can definitely pick up some chocolate malts and a slight sherry character overall. Great nose.
The taste isnít quite as solid with a less dominant sweetness than the aroma. The hops arenít present and have given way to a slight cardboard bitterness in the finish.
The mouthfeel is where this one falls slightly short for me as itís a little watery on the palate. Itís got a low soft carbonation and lacks the thickness necessary to carry the flavor with that low carbonation.
The nose had me excited, but the taste didnít quite deliver and the mouthfeel was definitely a let down. Still, a good barleywine that has probably just seen better days.