phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taster at French Broad. Thanks! Pours a clear orange-gold with a medium off-white head. Aroma of leaves, sweet malts, caramel, apple, and booze. Flavor of sweet and caramel malts, brown sugar, sweet bread, leaves, honey, and syrup. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a sweet, boozy mouthfeel. A little too sweet and syrupy but not bad.
dmac (3692) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft on taster during RBWG bus tour, gratis, big thanks French Broad. Poured a deep orange/amber with an average sized foamy beige head. Aroma is sweet with some residual sugar, notes of caramel, brown sugar, molassess, toast and grains. Fuler thick syrupy body with aversge carbonation and a lingrring aftertaste. Flavor basically the same as the aroma. Additional notes of syrup and some dry citrus along with old bread. Good stuff and cool people at this place.
b3shine (4215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster at French Broad during RBWG. It’s simply known as French Broad Barleywine now according to the folks at the brewery ("Barely Legal" has been removed from the name). Looks good for the style; a fairly transparent caramel with foamy very light beige head. Smells sweet and malty. Tastes like it smells, only more robust, with notes of caramel. Nice and smooth on the palate. Enjoyable.
Sledutah (4068) - Utah, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery during a rbwg 2014 stop
Clear light brown with a medium sized beige head and good lacing. Aroma is malty, spices and woody. Flavors are malty, fruity, woody, piney and some alcohols
Leighton (9638) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewery taproom during RBWG 2014 - Asheville. Pours clearish gold with a thick, off-white foam head. You can tell there’s a good bit of alcohol in here, I’ll say that. Beyond the moderate heat you get rich fruits and light pine. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish with bread, alcohol, rich fruits. Decent though punchy.
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 RBWG Draft at the French Broad tasting room.
Mostly clear light brown body with an off-white head.
Rich complex aroma, dried fruits and caramel.
Sweet complex flavor follows up what was in the aroma. Very nice.
jtclockwork (6919) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at RBWG brewpub visit. Pours amber brown with off white head. Nose and taste of toffee, dark fruit, alcohol and burnt caramel. Medium body.
italarican (1383) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Taster at the brewery (RBWG). Solid representation of the style, although a bit heavy on the carbonation. Some light strawberry notes make it a bit different.
jcnielsen (1644) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at French Broad. Pours a caramel color with white head. Caramel, malty, sweet, toffee flavors. Meh.
BeerandBlues2 (9003) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewery. Pours clear tawny with a medium, creamy off-white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is toast, caramel, cookie and toffee malt with earthy, pine, and herbal hops and dates. Flavor is sweet malt dominant, medium hops and bitterness, alcohol, dates and figs with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.