rmussman (1688) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled in a bomber that was served chilled. Big time carbonation for a barleywine was the biggest call out. A nicely made brew that goes down nicely as a sipping brew.
onceblind (3670) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear dark amber with a thin foamy beige head. Big fruity malty nose of delicious barleywine goodness. Figs and dates, raisins and boozy toffee on the nose. Flavor of the same. Lots of boozy sugar cane with dates and figs and almonds and dark cherries and earthy sweet toffee. Wonderful.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
1/15 - Dark brown hue with light carbonation. Aromas are light, some wood, vanilla, plum. Palate is creamy upfront, bitterness from the fading hops wrap around the outside edge and finish with a short brown sugar edge. It’s really basic older American-style barleywine. I can tell where this one was when fresh, but nothing sticks out as this being an above average offering. Not nearly as bad as I thought, drinkable, but at the end of its first plateau decline. ABV is very well hidden for 11% and that it is from 2009 lead me to believe that this one was overdue. This one gets a 8/20 another 6-8 months and this one would be close to drain pour.
Steve_0 (2229) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a deep brown, very reminiscent of coca-cola. Absolutely no head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, bourbon, wood, raisins, and alcohol. Taste is bourbon, plum, caramel, and ends with a slight alcohol burn. No carbonation, which is kind of a downer for me. Very unbalanced barley wine. I will have to try this again because of the rest of the ratings I am seeing. I wonder if I got a bad bottle.
Camons (5044) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Aarons place, Thanks. Pours slightly hazy brown, no head. Aroma is malty, caramel, dry wood, nuts. Taste is rather dry with malt, caramel, dry wood, nutty, light hops. Medium body, low carbonation, dry finish. 020312
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home. Deep brown appearance with a light brown head. Very rich caramel, somewhat fruity, floral hoppy aroma. Pretty dry, floral, red fruity, caramel flavor with a fairly dry finish. Ok.
badnewsbeers (2317) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. pours dark brown with small head. aroma of candied sugar, burnt toast, a touch of licorice, and some raisin. flavor is quite similar, and is a touch too sweet. bold prune and raisin come out initially, with some hints of tobacco in the finish. slightly warming, but not overly boozy by any means. that said, it was a tad cloying...not bad...thin body
arminjewell (5715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy reddish black with off white head, aroma has notes of toffee, brown sugar, some slight chocolate, pine and citrus notes in there as well, no alcohol. Taste is pretty smooth but not overly flavorful, notes of pine and citrus, some nice vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, with a slight pine bitterness, finishing bitter. Again no alcohol in there, pretty tasty.
Nikiel (870) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle with Carla. Pours a hazy nut brown with tan foam. Smells sweet of alcohol and nutty barley. Tastes sweet and lightly nutty of maple, licorice and plant matter.
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour. Light carbonation. Resin, brown sugar and fruity aromas. Resinous hops throughout, sweet malts, bread, brown sugar. Nice!