brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky copper colored pour with a white head. Nose is sweet brown sugar, caramel, and apple. A weird nutmeg spiciness, grapefruit, pine, and alcohol. The flavor is really no better. Overly sweet and oddly spiced. Candy-like sweetness, brown sugar, and caramel. Apple, grapefruit, and pine, alcohol, and no bitterness at all.
libertine (215) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours copper with a beige head.lots of lacing in my glass.aroma is toast,caramel,dark fruit,burnt sugars,oak,and the bourbon is slight.flavor of dark fruits,grapefruit,sweet molasses,bourbon,hard candy and wood.slightly boozy but balanced.full bodied with a syrupy mouth feel.finish is slightly dry and bitter.a lot of flavor going on with this one.all the flavors are so well balanced.very pricey but very nice barley wine
TheEpeeist (3371) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz bottle. Hazy brown with beige froth. Nose is caramel, maple and wood. Medium body with a tingle. Taste is caramel, burnt maple, raisin, faint bourbon and green hops. Could use another year to mellow.
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[5003-20121208] Tap. Cleaner orange aroma. Hazy, amber orange body with a quick foamy head. Boozy wood orange skins flavour has a long sweet grainy booze aftertaste. Full body is heavy with booze. Packs a punch, glad it’s a sample. (7/3/6/3/13) 3.2
(@ Cole’s, Buffalo, NY)
Butters (3789) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the Blue Christmas tasting. Near clear orange pour with small amount of light tan head. Pretty much all the typical bw stylings, Smoother than I had expected. Not too sweet, with a little bit of heat on the tail side. Found it to be fairly balanced between the spicy hops and boozy sweetness. Pretty good. And does a good job of making 15% abv seem like 10%
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours red. Nose is spicy hops, nuts, complex caramels, vanilla, wood, light spicy bourbon. Flavor is toffee, nutty, caramels, equally sweet and bitter. Rich bourbon flavor. Fully body. Light carbonation. heavy and warming. Slightly lacking balance but enjoyable.
574deadzone (1057) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a mostly clear yet dense flaming crimson with a creamy toffee-khaki head full of larger bubbles that settled to produce some sticky lace. Complex nose of brown sugar, maple, toffee, fruitcake, sticky buns, vanilla, booze, and candied fruit with some minty and herbal hop tones. Taste is super sweet with a fair bitterness to balance. Warm with alcohol, syrupy, tingly, creamy, heavier bodied. A big and boozy barleywine with a lot going on. A slow sipper for sure. Most enjoyable.
johnnnniee (2342) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy burnished copper with a huge frothy whit head that persists forever. Aromas of sweet sugary malt, brown sugar, pine and earthy hops with a touch of alcohol and a hint of dried fruit. The flavor is sweet rocket fuel. Sweet sugar, molasses, prunes and cherries with a solid shot of earthy pine hops. The alcohol is present enough to remind you that this is a big beer, but I’ve had more obtrusive alcohol presence in smaller beers before. There’s a solid shot of hop bitterness I would assume to counter the huge malt bill that this must have. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation, and a sweet syrupy resinous lightly hot mouthfeel. I enjoyed sipping on this for most of the night. It is a touch hot, maybe that will mellow with time, but I enjoyed it.
mcmd (314) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy amber orange decent off-white head. aroma brown sugar, maple syrup, caramel, booze. Taste is sweet bready malt, maple syrup, subtle bourbon, but of harsh alcohol finish. Needs time but will be great in a few years.
alexsdad06 (5570) - Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample. Pours a hazy dark golden amber color with a small off white head. The aroma is sweet malts, caramel, maple, herbal spicy notes, wood, with only a hint of the bourbon. The flavor is sweet malts, caramel, woody, mild fruits, herbal with some alcohol heat. Moderate bitterness to the finish. Maybe this will mellow and the parts will start to blend together with time.