AwYeh (102) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear, very dark crimson/brown. 1/2 finger foamy tan head with great retention and lacing. Chocolate actually stands out in the smell most prominently; caramel and dark fruits add to the malt flavors. Resiny hops slightly detectable. Sweet dark fruit dominates the flavor; raisins, caramel, prunes, and molasses quite noticeable as well. Not much direct hop flavor, but a subtle balancing bitterness which stops things from getting anywhere near cloying. Thick and syrupy, with light but prickly carbonation.
spence3208 (17) - Maine, USA - NOV 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with almost no head. Aroma of sweet caramel, dark fruits, and earthyness. Taste is boozy, molasses, roasted malt, tobacco, and some dark fruit. I enjoyed this immensely
jbrana (246) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very balanced, and quite good. Nice a sweet, without being overly so with a nice full hop profile. Has some nice citrus flavors with some nice burnt sugar, vanilla, and caramel flavors. Very good.
DrSilverworm (4015) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, thanks to chuckaduck. Pours a very dark brown / red color, pretty much black. Good thin khaki head. Leaves impressive mountains of lace. Nice big spicy earthy roasty malty aroma. Big coffee, dark herbs and spices, earthy hop, some licorice, hint of bitter dark chocolate. Hint of smoke, dark fruit. Very interesting, complex aroma. Big body. Lighter carbonation. Sort of sticky, but a more dry finish (with the alcohol). More sweet taste, light bitter, sort of a bigger spicy character to the taste. Alcohol works well with the flavor, no bite in the finish with sips, just a very slight warmth. Very enjoyable, easy drinking complex dark barleywine. Held up to the age pretty well.
italarican (1146) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Mike. Pours a dark chocolate brown. Some interesting coffee and earthy notes to complement loads of butterscotch. More and more barley wine boozy sweetness in the finish. Interesting with the coffee addition. It works.
Steasy66 (713) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown, little brown head. Real nice toffee notes. Burnt sugar. Thinner body. Nice beer.
Ed5388 (1235) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle thanks to Scott and Dave. Pours a deep dark brown with almost no head. Aroma of sweet caramel, dark fruits, and earthyness. Taste is boozy, molasses, roasted malt, spices, and some dark fruit.
Theydon_Bois (5279) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at the Croydonia Tasting, big thanks to Paul, 13/07/13.
Dark mahogony brown with a very thin off white head that clears to the edge.
Nose is dark fruit tang, prunes, sugars, light boozey notes, bready malts, light chocolate and dark toffee.
Taste comprises toffee fudge, dark fruits, dates stewed in sugars, light booze.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, fruity finish with a good boozey note pitched well.
Decent BW !
Scopey (4612) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Croydonia Tasting. It pours opaque brown with a small beige head. The nose is earth, toasted malt, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, brown sugar, pine, resinous, prune and plum. The taste is earthy, dark fruit, lots of sweet plum, raisin, decent bitterness, toast, earth, touch of alcohol cocoa, salted caramel and toast. Medium-full body and fine-moderate carbonation. Good body and flavour. Nice.
Leighton (8675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2013 Bottle shared at the Croydonia July 2013 Tasting - East Croydon. Thanks to Paul for this one. Pours clear, amber-brown with a light, frothy head. Nose of burnt caramel, toast, dry pine, alcohol. Medium to big sweet flavor with molasses, earthy bitterness, dry caramel, toasty bread. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with burnt toast, more molasses, bitter pine and earth. Good stuff. (3.8)
Bottle shared with Sr. Jackson in Canaan, NH. Pours clear, amber-brown with a beige foam head. Rich and malty aroma, toasty caramel, booze, bourbon, light roast. Medium to big sweet flavor with toffee, more alcohol punch, figs, a bit of charred malts. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Fairly hot in the finish, some earthy bitterness and piney hops are still there, plus caramel, light maple, dark sugars, lots of dark fruits. Might be nicer with a touch more age. (4.1)
Westmeister (1303) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle generously gifted to me. Pours a dark black/brown with medium tan head. Smell is huge sweet malts, toffee, undertone of some hops still left. Taste is more big sweet caramel maltiness, chocolate, roastiness, quite sweet, lingering bitterness, distant (very) piney hops. I like me some super hoppy barleywines, but this one was a bit too dark roasted maltiness for me. Was actually a bit difficult