Mora2000 (6097) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside the bourbon-barrel version.
The beer pours a clear amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of spicy rye and caraway notes, as well as some biscuit malt and some toffee. The alcohol is well hidden in the aroma.
The flavor is full of rye, along with some sweet brown sugar notes. I also get some toffee malt as well as some alcohol. Easy to drink.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Beerman6686 (5615) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a murky dark red to brown color with a beige head. Aroma was caramel, light dark fruits, definately some rye, and some citrusy hops. Flavor was a great blend of hop bitterness and light fruit, sweet caramel malt, and spicey rye notes. One of the only rye beers ive had that one can definitely tell there rye is there.
thirdeye11 (5860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bomber) clear rich amber with a creamy tan head. Nose of sweet caramel, rye, candied orange. Taste is very hoppy, grapefruit, rye, cream, sweet caramel, smooth and creamy body. Easy to drink with an alcohol linger.
JulienHuxley (4633) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Shane (Weisguy). Beautiful amber-red pour with off white head. Aroma of toffee, spicy english hop, brandy, very nice. Hop bitterness is quite present in the taste, english toffee, strong, boozy, malty notes. Palate is heavy bodied with medium carbonation, nice long finish. Excellent barleywine style ale, done to my taste.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Phaleslu. Thanks Peter! Pours clear copper with a nice white head. Aroma is rye, wheat, citrus and caramel malts. Flavor is toffee, rye, spices and dark fruits. Nice sweet and dry finish. Pretty good barley wine.
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from pantanap- thanks, Kan! Pours a clear copper color with a small off-white ring for a head. Aroma of rye, wheat, caramel, dried apricot, spice, and citrus. Flavor of toffee, frosted flakes, dry grains, rye, brown sugar, dried and dark fruit, and pepper. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, dry, and spicy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Really good barley wine and the rye element adds some nice spice for complexity.
HonusWagner (1872) - Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A solid somewhat sweet barley wine with minimal hop character but a nice spicy element from the rye. I like this beer quite a bit.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tasting on 8/20/11. light orange / amber pour with a thin white head. light rye nose with a touch of citrus... fighting a bit to get some aromas flowing. very nice body with rye, spices, pepper, grape, raisin, fig, and dates. sweet finish with more dark fruit layers.
ChainGangGuy (4600) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Slips out a hazed, amber-gold body in color and capped with a full, foamy, off-white head.
Smell: Some heady alcoholic wafts out ahead of the caramel-glazed pale malts, scant dark fruits, subdued snippets of rye, and light citrus.
Taste: Establishes a sugary sweetness at the opening sip, with a slight spicy rye bread element (though, I don’t find it ultimately plays a large role in the taste -- maybe a bit low-fi rye) and plenty of caramel sauce. Some dark fruitiness. Citrus and lightly resinous pine alongside a fair degree of bitterness. It’s certainly boozy throughout, finishing dry and a bit hot with a lingering bitterness to it.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Some stickiness to the mouthfeel.
Overall: Quite frankly, I found this one to be simply OK.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle from secret santa. thanks. Pours a translucent amber-brown color with a small off-white head that soon fades to a fine film. The aroma is displays lots of caramel, toffee and sherry with a bit of spice for effect. The flavor features the rye really well with spicy grains set in a sweet caramel malt backdrop. Earthy hops kick in giving this a nice IPA-like complexity, and also a bit of bread and biscuit fill in the back end. The palate is full and syrupy with prickly carbonation. Finishes long and sweet with lingering sherry and white pepper. Overall: I like the occasional sweet beer (as long as they don’t taste like saccharine), I love rye, and I worship barley-wines. How could this possibly miss, well it did not--this one came across as exceptional. I loved it. I tried pairing with a couple of cheeses as I occasionally wont to do: Goat Feta-not so good, Dutch Gouda-very good.