polomagnifico (1160) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Aroma has big notes of caramel, vanilla, wood, maple syrup, fruit cake, cinnamon, orange peel, bourbon, toasted malts and ginger. Wow, a lot going on here. Appearance is murky dark amber orange with a cascading average off-white head that left good lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is extremely full bodied and oily soft. Alcohol is there(slight burn as it goes down) but amazingly well hidden. Finish is above average but not as cloying as others have noted. As close to drinking a fruitcake as Iíll ever come. Overall I was expecting an average Barely Wine but found one that over emphasized everything I love about the style(which is probably what got lost on most people). This beer is huge and as complex as any Iíve come across. I loved the emphasis on blending the sweet bourbon and maple with the classic BW dark dried fruits and caramel aromas. That blending was done very well just like a good fruit cake. A true sipper if there ever was one.
Strykzone (4207) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Dark copper with a little foam. A fruit and malty aroma. A bit of harshness. Some spice and nice rich fruit. Big malts. A good example of the style.
LinusStick (2703) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow. A big and over the top barley wine. Aroma was strong and big. Heavy milk, caramel and toffee. Pour was a a light near clear brown with a one finger off white head. Taste was big and sweet. Very cloying. The big caramel and malt flavors dominated the beer. Molasses, vanilla and maple syrup were big and in front while the finish was just sticky sweet. Medium light carbonation. Not a bad beer, but a little to sweet for my taste.
Rando7 (672) - Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours clear brownish-red with generous white head. Hop-heavy aroma. Taste sweet toffee/caramel with just a hint of bourbon, hops come in quickly. Maybe some maple in the sweetness but itís negligible. Palate full, coats the mouth well, not sticky or syrupy. Finish of resinous hops Alcohol surprisingly well hidden but evident.
A hoppy barleywine but actually is fairly balanced as the malts are strong enough to hold their own. The barrel-aged aspects were mostly lost. Putting a bottle away to age and maybe knock the hops down.
beastmaster (155) - Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
First barely wine. Smells like caramel. Beautiful color. Wouldnít know its 15% (at first).Second founders beer ever and so far Iím impressed. Full flavor maple with a Carmel finish. Dangerous
BMMillsy (971) - Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ppurs a beautiful amber red with very dmall head. Smells like caramel toffe sweet lollipop candy. A hint of citrus. Tastes like candy with booze. What I expect from a barleywine. Alcohol burn on the tongue. Sweet candy brown sugar and maple. Mellow flavor overall though, and not too cloying. Thick mouthfeel and very oily. Definitely gotta be in a drinking mood. Pretty intense.
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rxeight (806) - Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear brown pour. high hop content for a barley wine. sweet malt. a bit of underlying sweetness in there, possibly dried fruit. I did not taste any barrlel on this. very smooth for 15%. A soild barley wine, this one was not worth the hype it generated or price.
daknole (8013) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown pour, thanks to jpdurden24. Aroma of booze, maple syrup, caramel and resinous hops. Flavor is sweet up front, maple and toffee and then gives way to a resinous and overly hopped finish.
b3shine (3562) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle (shared with the Mrs.) to oversized snifter. Looks solid; a semi-transparent ruby with creme lacing. Smells solid too; sweet, malty, and boozy with some hop notes. Tastes good; like it smells, but better. The maple comes through more in the taste than the smell. Good on the palate; it doesnít drink like 15%. Tasty, but not a good value.
brystmar (983) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Blind Tiger for VSK. Lots of sweetness as caramely booze dominates the nose and seeps onto palate as well. Tastes like they liquified those little rectangular caramels you see wrapped in clear plastic at the grocery store. Pretty boozy from start to finish, even for a barleywine.
I liked this more than some of my peers did, but even still, my 4oz pour was more than enough. This has potential to shine very brightly in few years, hope to try it again with some age on it.