tmongoose (1208) - 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 (1487) - Combined Locks, 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.
Pailhead (4633) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of heavy caramel, toffee, fruit, and light oxidation. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with a moderate-heavy caramel and toffee. The finish has fruit, aged citrus hops, and some oxidation. Overall, it’s good, but the price is a bit drastic
Martinus (2744) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown colour, white head. Aroma of hops, resin, citrus, malts, vanilla and honey. Hop bitter flavour, quite sweet, caramel. Hop bitter finish, quite malty, some honey.
(From 75cL bottle @ RBBWG II. Courtesy of Thirstybird. Thanks Ryan!)
hivemind (703) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at VSK night at Blint Tiger back on 11/28/2013 with James, Streets, some others. Very boozy but not so much as to be a negative, which I think is what James though. Barrel aging comes through very well. Syrupy mouthfeel and a creamy body.
Emeister84 (867) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lemon poppy seed muffin, orange peel, toast, caramel, molasses, vanilla, and subtle booze on the nose. The appearance is a clear strawberry red with orange highlights, and a khaki head that is moderately diminishing. Sweet, strong, and has a nice degree of bitterness, with notes of berries, almond, vanilla, subtle bourbon, and booze. Full bodied, with moderate carbonation, and a lightly sweet, lingering bitter finish. A very rich and complex ale that will age well for many years.
flatmatt (1082) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle. Pours a clouded orange amber with a yellowy off-white head. Sweet caramel aroma with citrus, toffee, very slight oxidation notes. Flavor has caramel, citrus hops, toastiness, oak with an alcohol sharpness and again a slight oxidation hint. It’s a good barley wine, but wow is it expensive.
sebletitje (6594) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle sample @ RBBWG 2013, courtesy of ThirstyBird.
Orangée léger trouble, col beige.
Arôme est malté, caramel, houblonné moyen avec ce bouquet sucre caramélisé/brulé avec une petite note beurre, caramel sucre cristal.
Palais est typique d’un barley américain, malté caramel le tout gardant un profil houblonné léger mais restant quand même prononcé, ce dernier ajoute une note amer à un profil de bouche relevé par les 15%. Reste fleuri sur un côté doux caramel, sucre brun. Pas mauvais, mais l’alcool est un peu trop en avant et ajoute ce caractère chaud alcoolisé tout au long de la dégustation.
77ships (3592) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thx. to Thirstybird / Rian for this one. 65 cl. bomber sampled @ RBBWG 2013. Pours clear orange with no head. Smell is enjoyably boozy, caramel, sweet, toffee, marmalade, touch herbs. Taste is sweet caramel, toffee, creamy, toffee, fruity, sugar, enjoyably warming, vanilla, touch oak, light maple / bourbon barrel. Flat, soft, nicely oily. Good but not spectacular but certainly highly enjoyable. I think that a lot of the backlash was because of the expectations and price point. Although the Sebago Single Batch Series I tried alongside beat this one at its own game.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from sefus12, thanks Beau! Pours a clear, deep copper colored body with a finger-width, soft, frothy, somewhat creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is soft toffees with a nice mix of toasty and sweet. Some caramels, a good amount of pineapple resins, vanilla, a light wood, some booze, and a touch of maple. Flavor is similar. Toffees and a light caramel up front with a medium, toasty sweetness. Lots of resiny pineapples and oranges with some florals and earth. A light vanilla towards the end with some oak, spice, hints of maple, and some boozy bourbon. Finishes dry, woody, and pretty well hopped with a sticky sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste with a firm warmth. Medium, sticky body and a soft, light carbonation. Overall, a solid barley wine. Besides the warmth, the alcohol is pretty well hidden and this stays nicely balanced. Well hopped and resiny with a nice, soft toffee malt backing. Not a ton of the barrel character showing, but enough to add some complexity. Nice beer.