DuffMan (9253) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Beautiful hazy red orange, thick, dense light golden crown that retains magnificently. Sweet breadcrusts, brown sugar, sponge toffee, light yeast, lightly floral, some sherry qualities. Densely chewy, rich and lovely. To me, an archetypical American style BW.
bigdave341 (6) - USA - APR 21, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden brown beer with white head that doesnít stay around like the common one night stand. Smells like a solid barley wine sweet but bready just like the taste, finishing the bottle you canít help but smile and think about all the other barley wines youíve had and think why canít they be this good perfect
nsquishee (637) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at butcher and the boar. Sweet orange and hop aromas. Tastes like intense honey, hops and a strong orange bourbon finish.
oneeighthcuban (106) - - APR 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells very sweet and has the typical barley wine type resiny degraded hop flavor. Very smooth. I would imagine time would do this one even more benefit. Tastes sweet, barrel aging not super present but can detect a little oak flavor on the finish.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle generously picked up for me (and paid for) by my friend Nate. Pours a bright copper with a thicker than expected yellowish beige head. Nose is huge vanilla, wood, and maple. Some bourbon-like notes. Smells sweet, slightly spicy, but Christ this is sweet and boozy.
beerbaaron (1934) - Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sort of a light burnt orange color. Frothy off-white head. Malty, hoppy, fruity, citrus, caramel, bourbon, Full body, sticky. The middle is interrupted by a big spicy bite of alcohol that really threw me and was tough for me to get passed and kind of ruined the beer for me.
Hair6a11 (1470) - Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; Pour is fairly clear mahogany in color with a fine bubbled one inch white head in this glass. It has a very nice appearance, though retention is on the average side, with sticky and spotty lacing present. The nose is hop forward; some pine, light citrus, light earthen notes, caramel and toffee, and perhaps a bit of vanilla. I thought this one could have used a heavier barrel treatment than it provides, and that aspect reveals itself quickly for me. Itís initial bitter, with a bit of cream, moving to the pine and grapefruit, toffee, caramel, and into the barrel treatment : vanilla and light earth, heavy on the sweetness (maple syrup) - but lacking a bit of heft. Which is surprising, this being a 15%er - anyway - I really enjoyed this one - but I think they could have done more with this.
Padge (1) - Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2013 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definite yeasty nose with complex esthers found in other high rated barleywines. Very sweet with bitterness not over pronounced. The complexity was in the nose, not in the flavor profile. Not much to say about an overpriced barleywine.
chinchill (4115) - South Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared bottle. Very high ABV cannot be hidden. While Iím not hit in the face with the full 15%, this is, nonetheless, a bit too boozy for me. The high ABV comes in a very flavorful brew, which suggests various fruits and fruit brandy. Excellent hop/malt balance.
M: Rather full bodied, with excellent (low) carbonation.
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good, but unremarkable other than being 15% and having the booze well hidden. Tastes like most american, west coast barleywines. Strong, sweet, with hops at the front and back.