phaleslu (9019) - 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.
Ibrew2or3 (7997) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2011 A big thanks to Alex for this tasty treat. Pours clear mahogany with thin tan head. The aroma has smooth dark fruitiness, a nice load of rye spiciness and then a bit of booze heat. The taste is a wonderful mix of sweet dark fruitiness and spicy rye that blends into pervasive yet constrained yum! This stuff is smooth sweet spicy and wonderful. Wow!
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to BA billshmeinke. Pours with a clear bronze-copper body with a small tan head that shrinks but stays. Aromas are hoppy, sweet, citrus, pine, rye, bready, crisp, light chocolate and rose water. Very much an American Style Barley Wine. Flavors are sweet, rye, strong bitterness, caramel, pine, hops, marzipan, alcohol and burnt toffee. Medium bubbles, some warmth. Strong lingering bitterness.
drowland (7803) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2/25/12. Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Hazy amber pour with a very small ring of khaki head. Sweet caramel aroma with brown sugar and slight fruitiness. Richer, sweeter flavor with more sugar and fruits. Nice!
Ughsmash (7506) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Poured medium orange with a short-lived, but easily-resuscitated beige head. The aroma picked up sweet honey, vanilla, and lesser molasses accented by spicy rye, orange meat, and light oxidation.. loved it! The flavor found honey, licorice, and molasses sweetness at the core, with lots of black pepper, rye, and orange liqueur laced throughout.. dried out and scorched the back of the mouth a little (in a good way).. long, warm finish with great carryover orange and peppery rye. Heavier-bodied with full carbonation on the palate.. this held up remarkably well!
after4ever (7411) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22. thanks, alex! pours dark mahogany with ruby edges, no head or lace after a big sudsy head falls away. big dark spicy black bread nose. tossty, roasted seed notes. sticky, compact, viscous and chewy body. dark seeds, black bread, and roasty dark spices on the mid palate. big spicy finish with notes of dark stone fruit on the finish.
nimbleprop (7096) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle pours a mostly transparent, copper amber with one ring of off white head. Nose is nice and spicy, definitely get those caraway seeds, malty, bread, malts, multi grain bread, yeast, sweet, caramel. Flavor is sweet, malty, spicy, you really get a ton of spicy rye, some herbs. Finish is lightly sweet, a little dry too. Super smooth. Love this. Completely drinkable even at 11% ABV. Great job.
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from the release (Flossmoor, IL). Pours a very dark brownish red, red edges, with a decent offwhite head that dies to a decent film that clings and laces ok. Darker. Aromas are a plethora of rye malts, rye bread, citrusy and floral hops, a good bitter nose. Initial is rye malts, malty up front, a touch of cocoa, bread, caramel, not overly sweet, toasty, a bit of a thicker body, a touch of caraway, truly rye bread with a bit of caramel sweetness in a glass. Heavier body, good floral hops but not as bitter on the palate in taste. This beer is tasty, fruity and a bit jammy on the nose, full. Full on the palate, tasty, a lot of rye. Not bad, but not as great as I expected.
AmEricanbrew (6643) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 27, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of thirdeye 11. Clear amber color/ beige head. Mild caramel, seedy, spicy aromas. Medium bodied. Bitter, dry caramel, astringent, nutty flavors--just ok.
blutt59 (6442) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, thanks to thirdeye11, pours a rusty amber color with a nutty, sculpting clay aroma, flavor is plain nutshell and whiskey, thought the BB version brought out a lot more depth of flavor