BigBeer45 (1272) - 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.
mR_fr0g (3920) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at chriso’s winter tasting 7/12/2014. Reddy amber coloured pour with a lasting thin white head. Aroma is sticky toffee, caramel malts, big alcohol nose, Flavour is sticky toffee, caramel, burnt sugars, spicy liquorice and some Carmel. Palate is sweet and sticky, smooth but some hot alcohol. Long lingering burnt toffee. I like it..
dfearnley (1073) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 29, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to goblet
Caramel, toffee, butterscotch, apple brandy, and oak. Amber, no head. Butterscotch, booze, awesomesauce, soy, pepper.
kbudd19 (705) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Copper pour with light white head. Aroma is brown sugar, oak, maple, vanilla and spirits. Taste is caramel, butterscotch, and oak. Very good, but only in small amounts.
Iphonephan (3624) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at ChurchKey in D.C. Vintage 2012. Pours a clear copper with an ecru head. Aroma of caramel. Flavors of oak and vanilla. Boozy finish.
wilnatp (622) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Surly Darkness Eve 2014. I am unable to find written tasting notes on this.
RasmusOtt (1255) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to mother brother for bringing this. Pours amber with a beige head. Aroma of big caramel malts, ripe plums, sweet resin, syrup and some punchy hops in the background. Taste of resin, hops, big caramel, syrup and a bit of alcohol burn. A big american Barley Wine!
zickbeer_ye (298) - Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sweet vanilla, malt, and grape aromas. Light bone colored head and thick orange brown body. Malty, sweet vanilla and some berry flavors. Smooth on the palate.
vickvega82 (40) - Maine, USA - OCT 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a really clean amber with about a 3/4 inch tan head that hangs on for a minute with a smodge of lacing. Has a very traditional barley wine smell. Some spicy floral with a malty smell and definitely Oak. For a 15% its very smooth. You really dont feel rhe high abv as much on the tongue as you do just the warmth going down. Its barely malt and vanilla up front with that spice on the back. Ive had it on the shelf for 2 years and id have no doubt it could stand up to another 2 or 3. Top flight barley wwine
John25 (676) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Cloudy copper. The 15% abv is very mellow which is probably due to the 2+ years of age. A little sweet bourbon shows up throughout the taste with maple syrup, caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar as well. This is a top-notch malt forward barley wine with a full body and a long finish. Really awesome overall, glad I got to try this one.
conway (1618) - - OCT 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark amber with little head. Aroma is caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar. Taste follows and adds some burnt sugar and maple syrup. Rich, thick and sticky mouthfeel. Awesome.