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!
Bacterial (1711) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber pour from a 12 oz bottle. Nice off-white head and some lacing. Nose is vanilla, caramel and malty, with just a tinge of citrus. The taste is quite nice - strong malt backbone with a nice dose of hops - though a bit harsh and boozy on the finish.
rader58 (791) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with heavy red hues. Aroma of molasses, dried dark cherries, caramel, vanilla. Flavor of molasses, wood, raisin, cherry juice, brown sugar, lemon. A nice mix of sweetness, but with a stiff bitterness. Slightly dry in the finish.
TheEpeeist (3400) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Clear purple orange with light froth. Nose is banana, caramel and rum raisin. Slick and sticky with airy carb finishing a touch resiny. Taste is citrus honey, grass, watermelon and dried fig. Fruity with a hint of hops. Nice stuff.
wlajwl (4053) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is fruit, floral, malts and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is fruit, citrus, malts, slick texture and a mix of sour and lingering alcohol in the finish.
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
36cl, Vintage 2014, at 10%Vol, exclusive American brew, thx alot to Dirk for sharing!, complex brew, malty/fruity/sweet and slightly spicy/bitter, yet not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, nearly no head, very good brew
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Tan-dark copper. A-raisen/dates/brown sugar-medium malt, some citrus. Taste follows.
M82 (319) - Kansas, USA - NOV 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thin amber highlights stream through crimson midtones over mahogany beneath a light khaki, creamy smooth, half inch head which slowly falls to a thin, solid ring, and eventually completely dissipates
Layers of gradiating citrus and vanilla frame flowing complexities of cherry, dark fruit, coffee cake, and nuts merging to create lightly spiced fruit cake and apple pie on a smooth, creamy, medium plus body with medium tact offering a tight, candied after of the fore mentioned components conjuring cinnamon and red licorice bittered by medium roast coffee and spicy alcohol accents finishing out a controlled, lasting residual
Displaying impressive finesse for such a young barley wine, approachable and complex with brightness and richness
12 oz bottle of fresh 2014 served into 16 oz Spiegelau Soiree brandy snifter, review #300
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 (1128) - 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.