brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 7/14/2010, rated 7/30/2010. Thanks inept Virginia distributors! Pours a very dark opaque brown with a reddish hue under illumination. Aroma has a bit of alcohol burn and sweetness, and some grassy malts. Flavor is a mix of roast, hops, sweetness and alcohol. Quite green, could use a re-rate in 6 months or so. Save your bottles for at least 3 months before you drink them.
alobar (2589) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown color with no head. Aroma of vanilla, toffee, oak, and dark fruit. Vanilla, toffee flavors with raisin, oak, and toasted malt. Four year old bottle and no hint of alcohol. Impressive.
jgb9348 (4439) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ridiculously deep dark brown body with a non-existent tan and oily head. Aroma of strong alcohol, nuts, earth, pit fruit, oak, vanilla and quite a bit of toffee - deep and very strong. Full-bodied; Pungent and showing a ton of alcohol and warmth with the roasted malt, chocolate, pit fruits and especially oak flavours really coming out. Aftertaste shows a nice earthiness with a super complex finish having the roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, pit fruits, oak, toffee and nuts all a part of the mix. Overall, a super pungent and complex beer with a great flavour profile and even better richness throughout. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 05-March-2011 sampled at home in Washington on the day of the closing ceremonies for the Olympics to celebrate Team USA in Sochi during the past four years.
2010 Vintage // Purchased in 2011 // Drank in 2014
jbruner (1881) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at RBWG! Pours a thick blackish brown with minimal head or lacing. Aroma is big barrel aged ridiculousness. Taste follows, big and sweet, a little nuts, woah, too much for me.
Hamjn01l (3) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a terrific American barley wine. It is a little sweet but top notch taste, aroma, mouth feel and texture. Enjoyed from a glass at the Raye beer festival in Asheville.
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tectactoe (1058) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2014 [Bottle / 3+ years old] Thanks, Jeff! Burnt mahogany body with a slight, java-cream head that forms on top & fades quickly. Aroma has big notes of toasted caramel candies, toffee, faint licorice, ripe plums, prunes, & lots of sweetness, almost in the form of residual, Candi sugar. Notes of molasses & very mild roastiness in the back. Taste includes lots of burnt brown sugar up front, molasses covered raisins, prunes, sticky toffee candy, & an undercurrent of booze that shines through & warms the throat. Kind of nutty in the finish, definitely malty sweet with some finishing notes of dates & plums. Big, sticky, coating mouth feel... Very nice beer, much better than Nemesis 2009 (at this point, at least).
wnoble (1207) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours basically black with some light tan head that fades to a large bubble head on the rim of the glass. Nose is nutty, caramels, toffee, sweet malts, light chocolates. Flavor is chocolates, nutts, caramels, roasted toffee, darker cooked caramels. has quite the astringent flavor or all the sweetness in there. Pretty good but didn’t hold up anywhere close to the 2009 we just had.
_angst_ (2275) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle received in trade. Thank you pushkinwow (iirc)! Pours murky dark reddish brown with a thin beige head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with caramel, sweet dark bread, alcohol, resinous wood, dried orange peal, biscuits, toffee, pine needles, burnt sugar and molasses. Taste is sweet, heavy bitter and malty with biscuits, roasted malts, caramel, resinous wood, sesame seed cookies, moist soil, cocoa powder, mixed dried citrus peal, moist grass, pine needles, alcohol, dark bread, moist tobacco, raisins, molasses and liquorice root. Mouthfeel is round, soft, oily bitter and near full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and malty with biscuits, caramel, toffee, resinous wood, pine needles, moist soil, alcohol, toffee, tobacco, raisins and subtle hints of iron. Heavy heavy bitter but pretty close to balanced with the thick malt profile. Tasty if close to too extreme. An American barley wine indeed...
Mittenator (1049) - Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Garnet with minimal head. Fruit and candi sugar. Dark fruit, tannins and very malty at the end.
GothGargoyle (896) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle of the 2010 vintage. Dark ruby brown with a small pale head. Aroma is toffee, raisins, dates, molasses, caramel, candi sugar. Medium-full bodied, sweet on the palate with some balancing bitterness. Taste is burnt bread, toffee, flambé mandarin, raisin, dates.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled: Aug, 2010
A: Pours a dark, dark , ruby ale with near excellent clarity. Little head formation and a thin sheet of light latte sits atop the ale. Spotty lacing. Darker the barley, the better IMO.
S: Malt, caramel, toffee, bitter hops. Reminds me of Pike Brewing Barley Wine. Hopefully the hops don’t over power the sweetness the malt offers. Hints of vitamin smells.
T: Bitter and alcoholic. Plenty of malt, but much more bittering hops. Seems like there may be some anise/licorice in there. The alcohol is poorly addressed. A salami flavor as well.
M: Medium body with high carb for the style. needs lowered carbonation. Dry finish.
O: This beer needs time. Additionally, I’m unsure the time would offer much more than polish for the alcohol flavors. The nose is nice, but the flavor is dominated by too much chemistry from the hops and alcohol for my preferences. It’s called a Barley Wine because the barley should dominate - here the beer doesn’t do itself justice.
Serving type: bottle