Someguy1_8t (7) - Woodland Hills, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012/2013 release bottled Dec. 20 2012. Served in a snifter.
Appearance - Light brown amber color, like whiskey. Small rapidly diminishing head.
Smell- It has a great aroma of tropical fruit scented hops followed by caramel malt.
Hint of sweetness is present. Pretty straight forward, just like what’s written on the side of the bottle.
Taste - Great taste of hoppiness and malt. This reminds me more of a malty imperial IPA, like Green Flash Imperial IPA or Dog Fish Head 90 min. Like those beers there is a strong malty presence.
Mouthfeel - light - medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Some amount of lingering hop bitterness.
Overall - I really enjoyed this beer. Not exactly what I had in mind when I read barley wine, but then again it also does say hoppy on the bottle. So I guess the bottles deScription is rite on. I would definitely recommend this one.
williamstome (1572) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown with ruddy tones. Aroma of dates, raisins and caramel. Flavor of caramel, dried fruit, leading into a sharply bitter, yet full and sweet finish.
SvanteL (118) - SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Flaska från 2011. Vid försiktig upphällning får man en otroligt vackert rödbrun, klar vätska med en tätt skum; längre ner i flaskan grumlar det sedan till sig. Doften är kraftig och vinös med läcker sötma av mörka bär och pomeransmarmelad. Fyllig och vinös smak med diverse söta frukter som rundas av med kraftig pomerans och grapebeska. En mycket smakrik barley wine där sötman balanseras av en kraftig beska.
rejtable (2011) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from premier. Pours Amber clear with lots of frothy head and lots of lacing. Nose is syrup and earthy bitterness. Flavours of plums, Cheerios, syrup, leather, earthy bitterness. Taste big sweet med/big bitter. Full silky body with lively carbonation and a lasting alcohol burn in the finish.
Itzjerm (1901) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JAN 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is pine dirty rags and grain. Flavor is Carmel with a grassy hop bite. Basic barley wine. Maybe an old bottle.
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revoltingblob (11) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Beer Mongers in Portland, OR. Bought in 2013.
Wow. Upon opening this I am impressed with the amount of carbonation left in the bottle. Very nice.
Appearance is a nice dark auburn color with small, light head and wispy lacing.
Nose is big sweet fruit and estery hop stuff, very nice! Surprised at how much hop character is still around and after sitting in my basement for 2 years.
Taste is bright hops, dried raisans, plummy bits, bit of caramel. Again, very surprised about how much hop character remains in this beer. Very nice.
Should have left it in the basement a year or two longer, lots of life left in this one. Would age nicely.
Definitely would buy again
axl (311) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle forgotten for a while, BBF 01 Feb. 2015. Hazy brown with small tan head. Aroma is cookie malts, caramel, brown sugar, grapefruit, citrus, mango and a leftover hint of dried tropical fruits as well as more of a sensation of warming alcohol. Taste is quite heavily roasted with brown sugar, caramel, cookie malts, grapefruit and dried tropical fruits. Thick creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation and a lasting sweet yetroasted and bitter aftertaste with alcohol warmth.
benpickens (462) - Camarillo, California, USA - DEC 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours the color of molasses with little head formation; fruitcake and citrus aromas; hop forward palate with warming sweet finish.
Douberd (3992) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Great Divide Old Ruffian ) Bottle 650 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 10.2%. BB Feb. ’15
Dark red colour on the body, a bit murky with a good sized beige head on top, thick and with good retention.
Aroma of caramel, raisins, dates, orange peel, toffee.
Taste has malts, caramel, dark fruits, dates, then citrus, orange peel. Finishes with a sharp bitterness.
Medium body, carbonation on the high side.
BrettTaylor (696) - Radford, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle into snifter. Pours a dark reddish brown with 3 finger thick head that is yellowish tan in color. Aroma is a mix of resin and malt. Taste follows suit, and while this is clearly an American style barleywine, it is still very well-balanced and not just a giant hop bomb. Really nice on a cold night.
tysongillmore (361) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments.
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