Ibrew2or3 (6440) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival.
Pours clear deep copper with micro thin off white head. The aroma has lots of resiny pine hop notes backed up by full wood aromatics and a bit of booze. The taste is a bit harsh with pine hops and booze followed by some rich malty sweetness. Toward the finish I get a welcomed touch of toffee. It finishes a bit dry. Overall the beer ends better than it starts. Still, tasty stuff.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Toronado. Murky brown amber without much head. Sweet malty aromas. Medium body and quite smooth. Nice sweet caramel and fruit flavors off the front followed by a good hoppy bite and finish. Alcohol not very apparent. Good solid barley wine.
AmEricanbrew (5514) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft@ The 2009 Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine fest. 2007 version from a Heaven Hill barrel. Clear amber with a tan head. Nice caramel sweet, boozy vanilla aromas. Full bodied with light carbonation. Huge ass boozy vanilla flavor with sharp caramel and pit fruits.
Think Barleywine with a shot of booze.
jsquire (3309) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the ’09 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. Deep copper color with a thin beige head that quickly shrank to a lasting ring. Lots of barrel in the nose. I found this to be pretty boozey with flavors of melted toffee, burnt caramel and stale bread pudding. It seemed like a pretty green beer.
alexanderj (3264) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Obriens. Color was very nice, a very reddish auburn, brown color. Aroma of caramel, fruit, apple and brandy. Some very light floral touches. Flavor of caramel, fruit, alcohol, brandy. Only slightly sweet. Some floral hops in the finish. Nice after taste.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ O’Brien’s. Poured oily brown/orange with a small, creamy off-white head. Spotty lacing. Rich, alchohol-laden aroma. Heavily caramel/brown sugar and brandy, giving it an almost maple-syrup character. While it is a sipper, its suprisingly smooth and drinkable, with a heavy, nearly non-carbonated mouthfeel. Very sweet throughout; liquer/candy-like but without being sickening. Again, more caramel and brandy, but with some faint citrus hop flavor. More pronounced earth, maple syrup, and vanilla flavors as the beer warms. No real "oakiness" but the beer has the mellowed feel of barrel-aging. It was worth the trip to a crowded O’Briens.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Hamilton’s. Copper pour with no head. Tons of sweet caramel and bourbon/ Brandy on the nose. Flavor held sweet malt with a tinge of alcohol.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at hamiltons. Hazy dark brown with suble beige head. Aroma is very barrel forward but a lot of prunish sour fruit. Flavor is almost balanced with barrel to beer ratio but comes off a little too boozy for me. Medium sweet with darker fruit and sour grapefruit and some raisins. Medium, lightly carbonated body. Drinkable at first but as it warmed up it became a bit undrinkable.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at hamiltons. Dark brown with almost no head. Earthy spicy aroma. Tangy sweet brandy taste followed by a harsh alcohol finish.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Dark amber color. Some alcohol in the aroma. Smooth and easy to drink. Light sweetness. Easy to drink. Delicious.