lordeche (478) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark mahogany with small head. Sweet aroma with notes of brown sugar, maple, and caramel, which is tempered by roasted malts and piney hops. Flavor is heavy on the hops and very bitter. If love to see how this one ages. Nice sugar content plays well with the hops, resulting in slight dark fruit notes. roasty malt backbone balances the brew out well
harrymel (1096) - 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 donít 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, Iím 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. Itís called a Barley Wine because the barley should dominate - here the beer doesnít do itself justice.
Serving type: bottle
writerljberg (406) - Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from TODD. THANKS!A: Dark mahogany almost black. Good cappuccino head, albeit a touch foamy. Leggy.N: Big malt, toffee, and ample hops remain with pine, earth, and pineapple. Some cola and burned toast. Barleywine flavors abound.T: Powerful bitterness and a wooden flavor like a floorboard. Medicinal and already oxidized. Strong aleywine?M: Chalky and round. Assertive.O: I guess. This is American barleywine territory - untamed and bitter like a jilted teenager.
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 (249) - 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 (4109) - 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 (1157) - 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 (1262) - 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 (5501) - The íSham, 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 (4728) - 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.