That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crushed with Honkeybra. Smooth as hell. Incredibly deceptive with subtle flavors. Very malty but also perfectly balanced. Just a fantastic drinking experience. One of the best non-barrel aged barley wines out there.
Fred82 (2139) - Quťbec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at saturday night hotel tasting. EBF 2011
Appearance : Clear amber.
Aroma : Spicy rye with malt. Nice rye.
Taste : Spicy rye with malt, nice malt.
Overall : NIce stuff but nothing special. Nice rye and malt on the finish. Rather sweet. Ok.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap@ the maproom. Dark brown with a beige head. Sweet nose some grain touch of alcohol though nothing too strong in the nose. A little overly sweet lots of earthy hops that rye and toasted malts that also contend with that earthiness. Sweet but decent. Slick body Long earthy bitter finish.
HonusWagner (2093) - 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.
Zlotta (2086) - Hagen, GERMANY - JUL 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2016 Sampled from 0.65 l bottle at 9.5% abv, shared by kermis at Not THT, thanks! Slightly hazy, brownish amber with an off-white head. Sweetish-malty, slightly spicy aroma of caramel, brown sugar, nuts and spices (caraway?). Rather sweet, malty and quite spicy taste of caramel, honey, brown sugar, nuts and spices, followed by a medium long, slightly bitter, a bit warming-alcoholic finish. Medium to full body, rather oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Very nice!
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by maximum12. Clear dark copper pour, a little carbonation and a nice boozy hop aroma. Flavor is nice spicy hops and a little booze mixed with some sweet caramel throughout. Very good.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deeply hazed ruby pour with light off-white head that releases a very strong alcohol nose along with spicy and earthy hop notes and darkly roasted grain sweetness. Flavors are very strong: roasted barley sweetness, rye cereal spiciness, alcohol dryness in the finish, herbal and earthy hop bite, and very robust malt bottom. Texture is thick and vinous, with a luxuriant oily quality that needs to be sipped slowly and allowed to open up as it approaches room temperature. Very impressive experimental brew! Canít wait for the BA version to mature.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a snifter. I had the BA version yesterday, so I figured Iíd have this while the memory is still fresh. Iím not sure what vintage this is, but the bottle lists the ABV as 9.5%. Oddly enough there was some what appeared to be rust underneath the heavy layer of wax. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.
4.5 A: Lightly hazed deep amber plum color. One finger of beige, superbly dense creamy head. Retention is about average for a beer this big, but a good deal of lacing is left.
4.0 S: Shockingly, this smells like the BA version, but without the bourbon and barrel. Big aggressive spicy earthy rye and plenty of caraway seeds too. Plum and fig fruits, caramel and some toffee. It was tough to pick up the caramel in the BA version, so I guess thatís how this one is a bit different.
3.5 T: Maybe itís because this is the second time through this beer, but the taste isnít nearly as powerful as it was in the BA version. Yes, the spicy earthy rye and caraway are still plentiful, but this isnít slapping my taste buds silly. Thereís also less fruitiness, a touch more bitterness, and more toffee and caramel. Itís still tasty, but isnít as impressive as the one I had yesterday.
3.5 M: It might be because it has more carbonation, but this is a lot thinner than the BA version. Heavier medium body instead of syruppy heavy body. Carbonation level is much better though. Doesnít have the major chewiness, which I like, but it also isnít particularly creamy.
3.5 D: Tasty beer, but the BA version killed this, but that might have something to do with the vintage. Who knows. Worth a try
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-15-2012 04:45:14
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wax-covered bomber; thanks Alex!!! Dense brown with trace tan head; aromas of rye spice, hops and brown sugar; some creamy orange peels too; medium body with lots of hops and rye spice mixed with some chocolate; wow, this sucker is crazy dry in the finish; caramel, rye, bitter orange and dried fruit; a hefty barleywine flavor-wise but a pretty smooth drinker in the end; damn good stuff
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Nice looking dark mahogany color, thin dark tan head. Nice full aroma, fruity malts and slight sweet hops. Doesnít taste like 11% - thick and malty, nice smooth finish. Donít get a lot of the caraway, but a decent brew.