BigBeer45 (1173) - Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this barley wine had a burnt orange-red pour and made a one finger off-white to light tan colored head that receded to thin cover and ring, the glass had a lots of tiny bubbles flowing slowly in the glass, this drink looked viscous, this drink left lots of small spots of lacing on the sides of the glass, the bottle had a thin layer of sediment with a thicker (darker) ring of sediment at the edges of the bottle,
this ale had malty aromas of toasted malt, bready malt, caramel, malt and bread sweetness, fermented fruit that resembled peach and pear fruit with light citrus notes, it had a big bread and malt nose, very little bourbon on the nose,
this drink had flavors of bready and toasted malt, caramel, alcohol, fermented fruit that resembled peach and pear fruit with light citrus notes,
there was a little lemon, the finish had a alcohol pepper bitterness, there may have been a little hop resin bitterness, little to no bourbon noticed but that is better than too much bourbon, the hop and alcohol bitterness did add a touch of balance to the sweetness but this ale is malty and sweet, the alcohol provided a warm touch on the palate,
the mouth feel was medium to thick on the tongue, creamy and had average carbonation,
the nose was mostly bread, malt, some caramel, and alcohol that followed, this was nice,
especially good for a night like right now, it is 10°F or 11°F outside and I have this nice drink to sip.
Slubgob (136) - West Hartford, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap into snifter. Now bear in mind I generally don?t like barleywine. That said this is probably the best I?ve had in the style. Color has a light plum hue to it. Noise is sweet with hints of maple. Palette is definitely sweet but hides the tremendous alcohol well and isn?t cloying like a lot of barleywines. Maybe the faintest hint of whiskey in the finish, hops float up on the back which clears the palette a bit.
tderoeck (3581) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2013 19/I/13 -1Pt. 9.3Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBWG 2013 - BB: n/a (2013-68) Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing the bottle!
Clear copper to ruby red beer, small yellow head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: fruity, malts, red fruits, bit sugary, sweet, bubble gum, strawberry jam. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: bit sweet, sugary, malts, strawberry jam, honey, citrus, pretty bitter and hoppy. Aftertaste: bitter hoppy, sweet caramel, sugar, red fruits, some alcohol.
jlruthven (512) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, poured into a snifter. Mahogany red, russet hints, and an impressive head, considering the ABV. Big oak/vanilla sweetness on the nose, nice punch of hops, toffee, caramel, a hint of fruitcake and booze. Thick mouthfeel, with citric hops right at the front of the tongue, segueing into a slick, maple-barrel sweetness. Bitter, long finish.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours clear amber with a medium beige head. Aroma of malt, corn, caramel, maple and some booze. Malty flavor with maple and caramel along with some dry hops before a boozy finish.
Chuckaduck (577) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours translucent green-copper with a thin white head. Aroma is hoppy, sweet, earth, dark fruit, alcohol. Taste is complex; vanilla, dark fruit, earth, grass, citrus, dry red grapes all stand out, but really there’s a lot more going on here. Well-hidden alcohol. Thick, chewy mouth feel. Low carbonation. Incredibly drinkable. Delicious, amazing and beautiful. This beer was masterfully crafted. There is so much at work within this blend, but it’s so perfectly woven together, creating this homogeneous experience. It breaks my heart that this will probably never be bottle again.
ApisAles (1570) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear copper pour with a white head. Aroma is sweet vanilla, woody, deep but light. Flavor is sweet but not cloying. Good malt balance, some great wood notes. Crisp, bright and dense. Tasted amazing. Complex well balanced. Excellent beer.
Beerathon (780) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yowzah! This is a great beer. Love the smooth alcohol nose and finish of this barely wine. Very hoppy, but balanced well by the malts.
tmongoose (927) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on draft mid winter beer warmer in asheville. poured reddish color with white head. aroma was strong boozy and sweet with malts. some spiciness underneath. flavor was strong sweet malts on the front end..cant tell you what kind of spices were used but you can taste them blended through. the booze comes on the back end. as well as any barley wine you can put this away until next year or later...just guessing this would age very well and the flavors would only become more pronounced.
arkurzynski (1287) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red-brown pour. Nose is fairly heavy with dank hops, deep dark fruit malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and booze. Flavor is dank hop bitterness upfront giving way the sticky, boozy caramel and toasted malt. Light fruitiness. Maybe catch a little of the maple syrup sweetness towards the end. Sticky, coating malt finish with hop bitterness and booze twang. Needs more time.