Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, 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.
Benzai (9647) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from bottle @ RBBWG 2013. Hazy reddish color, medium sized off-white head. Smell malts, some sweetness. Taste alcohol, malts, lightly sweetness and some fruityness. Full body and carbonation.
Travlr (14775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Bright clear golden color, small white head. Aroma of brandied caramel candy. Taste is rich and sweet shoo fly pie. Tasty.
Jblauvs (1355) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Strangebrew
Pours a glowing orange. Aroma is boozy, sweet dried pinneaple, pear, caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar. Quite hot and boozy with pleasant flavors of simmering caramel, vanilla, pear, maple syrup, and a flutter of oak. An overly sweet sipper for sure, but not unpleasant. This will most likely improve with age.
drfabulous (4543) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle from Shenanigans. Light orange looking body. Medium carbonation in pour that settles. Big alcohol presence in taste and aroma. Sweet. Toffee. Some vanilla. Maple syrup. Lot of criticism of this, and Iím not sure why. A sweet sipping barley wine. I have 22 ounces of a 15% beer, and two hours before bedtime. I think I can do it.
pineypower (2667) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle on Christmas Eve. Pours out an attractive, clear reddish amber color with a small head. Aroma is of sweet toffee, caramel, fruit, oaky barrel, alcohol and some light hop bitterness. Taste is lots of upfront sweetness, oak, vanilla, toffee, alcohol, some light earthy notes, more booze, sweet burnt sugar.
Leighton (13373) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at CBC - Clerkenwell, London - thanks to Seth for sharing this beer (although, Iím positive he couldnít come close to drinking this beer by himself). Pours clear gold with a fine, white cream head. Big sweet melon aroma, hints of ripe citrus, faint pine. Monstrously sweet flavor, big melony sugars, ripe citrus fruits, big white bread, alcohol, ripe orange. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet and warming finish - stupidly sweet, I should add - with further melon, mango, more ripe citrus. Very, very sweet. Not an outstanding barley wine by any means. As a humorously sweet crunk sauce (if an expensive one) it isnít bad stuff. Itís been enjoyable watching the hype arch of this beer.
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Complex and changing aroma and taste of bourbon and malt, with an amber appearance and lingering mouthfeel.
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JStax (3446) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lighter copper. Thin white head. Tropical fruit hops. Citrusy. Sweeter, raisins, malty. Hefty.
WanderinCelt87 (195) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has avery very subtle aroma with a sweet malty taste. Pours a beautiful amber brown with a white head. Has avery little bit of bite but doesnít over power sweetness of the malt.