jazz88 (2467) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Toronado Barley Wine Festival. Aged one year with comments of "oak wine" and "English malts" on the festival sheet. Mahogany color. Smoke, vanilla, and wood but the fruit is less intense.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at the Toronado Barley Wine Festival 2010. Looked like every other barley wine at the festival. Lots of oak character all around. Rich dried fruit and caramel malt notes in both flavor and aroma. Mild bitterness. Great balance. Full bodied and smooth. A standout for sure, and I’m not surprised that it took home first place.
joeneugs (2144) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted at the Bistro Barrel aged fest 2010. It pours reddish orange with a khaki head. The aroma is of bourbon and wood. The flavor is nice rich dark fruit, especially cherries with some bourbon and caramel. Nice barleywine. I wish I had taken better notes!
OldGrowth (2107) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
@ Great Alaskan Barleywine Festival ’06. BIG oak, hints of dried fruits (fig&plum) whisky/bourbon. Oak. Clean yellowy brown color. Sweet oaky flavor. Whisky, bourbon, smoke, oak. Some of the fruits if you dig for it. Oak. Medium body, Lite creamy mothfeel, smoky bitter finish. Oak. Way too oaky for my personal preference. It overwhelmed the rest of the beer, IMO. Wish they had a non oaked bw available so I could know what it was like. Oak
savnac (2056) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Glacier Brewhouse. Had an 06, 07, and 2010 during the 12 days of Barley Wine but will rate the 07 my favorite of the night aged in virgin French oak barrels for 1 year. Pours deep mahogany with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, raisins, oak and alcohol. Flavor is sweet caramel malt with light bitterness and a very light alcohol taste. Medium to full body with mild carbonation and a syrupy mouth feel. This is a nice wood aged Barley Wine, the oak drys it out a bit which is nice compared to the fresh stainless steel aged batch.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
FOBAB 09. Pours red/brown with almost no head. Aroma of Jim Beam, woody, caramel malt. Decent flavor, but nothing special compared to the rest of the beers I had this day. Boozy in the flavor. It was cool to see them bring beer from Alaska for this occasion though.
AgentSteve (1613) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours attractive ruddy brown with no head. Nice malt and fruit aroma with some alcohol. The flavor is a bit more bitter and hoppy, bet still malty and dried fruit. Dry finish and smooth mouthfeel.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2010 Draft @ Glacier Brewhouse; was eager to try this again after being disappointed by it at Hard Liver; dense brown with foamy white head; malty sugars and caramel with oak, vanilla cookies; winey rich with an almost port-like sweetness; medium body with touch of oxidation; chaulky and dry finish; pretty solid overall and maybe a tad too sweet
Original rating (3.2 overall): draft @ hard liver ’09 - with all the buildup, this sucker fell flat on its face IMO; clear, amber, slight white head; lemony hops, woody, light caramel; thin texture, mild flavor profile; eh; as Mike LaFontaine would say, "Wha’ Happen?"
dm9831 (1515) - Monee, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
FoBAB 2008: copper color, no head, tiny off-white bubbles. nose of vanilla, wood, alcohol notes, smoothly blended. the flavor follows the nose, plus sweet and sour fruit notes, and an interesting after-taste that i was unable to pin down (this was a late sample at FoBAB, so i may have been subtly befuddled). medium bodied, dry finish. overall, the beer is too sour for my taste. my program indicates the beer was aged in unspecified "oak wine barrels". i probably would have loved this in a jim beam barrel, as the commercial description allows....
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Firey red/orange, minimal head. . . Sweet candied alcohol, strawberries, sweet white grapes. Dry and spicey on the tongue, very similar palate to a dry reisling or pinot griego. Finish is more like beer, slitly bitter, with some raisin malt and grapes, also a very pleasing strawberry flavour and a wonderful balance of malts.