MuertosPorter (24) - California, USA - FEB 7, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2005 vintage on draft @ the brewery. Roughly 6 oz. served in snifter. Dark murky brown with a soft 1/2 inch foamy head. Aromas of brown sugar, molasses, malted milk balls. Flavors of brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, butter cookie, raisin, sweet gingerbread. Light carbonation on the palate. Quite rich, sweet, and highly malt driven. Any hops that may have been detectable when fresh have mellowed out to be almost non existent.
Throughly enjoyed four servings and had to grab a growler on the way out. Very nice!
dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, this is one hell of a beer. This is such a well rounded barleywine that it just totally made my dinner that much better. Perfect balance of malt, slight sweetness, just enough citrus and floral hops, and tons of dried fruits to make for one hell of a drink. Best beer I have had at Free State.
EtTuCthulhu (1072) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color of this beer is a brownish ruby with a large off-white head. The aroma blends toasted and biscuit malts, molasses, earthy hops, and vanilla, and the taste is mildly bitter from the malts, mildly umami, a touch sweet, and a touch sour. The mouthfeel fuses an oily texture, medium body, soft carbonation, and a long, malty finish.
toyota22r (2) - - APR 11, 2014 does not count
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh serving from grand opening of Old Chicago in Garden City, KS: super rich malting as fades into raisin. Hops bitterness present but not overwhelming. Very drinkable barley wine at such a young age.
DrewFace (799) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler share thanks to Homer321. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color, minimal head. Mild hope aroma up front, floral and fruity, citrus like with some faint caramel malt notes. Hoppy, citrus, fruity floral flavor. Decent amount of bitterness in the finish. Hops are fairly dominant throughout.
Homer321 (1961) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler thanks to RobertDale. Minimal head and a slightly hazy reddish brown color. Nose of candy, honey, toffee. Some biscuit and bread notes. Taste is initially sweet with a moderate hop bitterness. A slightly tannin like harshness. Moderate body with minimal carbonation. A semi sweet finish with some notes of alcohol warning. Would drink again
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
32 oz growler. Clear dark brown pour, light ring fo lacing and an aroma of bitter caramel and nuts. Flavor is peppery caramel, heavy malt and very warm and herbal on the finish. Really liked this and would love to try on tap.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Howler from RobertDale, thanks Bob!! Aroma has fantastic notes of caramel, dark dried fruits like raisins and prunes, vanilla, Porto and faded floral and citrus hops. Very nice! Keeps getting better as it warms. Murky medium/dark rusty amber with a small fully diminishing off-white head that left little lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily with soft carbonation and a nice long finish. Overall a fantastic Barley Wine. Very complex nose and velvety palate with everything coming together and being well balanced. Bravo Free State!
bytemesis (3308) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Howler. Bob, you rock for this! Pours cloudy chestnut, medium fizzy tan head, dissipates quickly, residual laces well. Aroma is malty, lots of dried fruits, toffee, burned sugars, oak, vanilla. Flavor is the same, sweet and complex with light bitterness, some zest, pine resin on the finish. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Nice effort. Edit, the more i drink, the better or gets. Nearly perfect for the style
rxeight (1365) - Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Massive thanks to Bob for hooking me up with a howler. Very much an english style barleywine. Carmel apple, brown sugar, reminds me of an imperial ESB a little bit, very thick, completly transparent. One of the better non ba barleywines ive had. Very good stuff.
BOSSbrewer (1683) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a decent barleywine. But was Somewhat alcoholic. Good caramel flavor. Had in their tap room.