valpoaj (729) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #700 (wonder how many beers Iíve actually tried, yet only rated 700)...pulled one out of the cellar for this moment - 2006 (yes) vintage - pours a beautiful deep garnet with no head and near-zero carbonation. Aroma is candied fruit, booze, caramelized malt, more alcohol, raisin, brown sugars - complex and pleasant, though quite boozy! Flavor is nice as well - dark fruit at the forefront turns into a mix of brown sugar, alcohol, and red wine. Sweet throughout, Iím a bit surprised that 10 years hasnít toned down the alcohol just a bit. Oily and slick on the palate - the lack of carbonation isnít a detractor. No hints of oxidization thankfully. Enjoyable - now I need to have it fresh - guess Iíll have to head to Portland in 2016!
andrewje41 (2867) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Brouwers, as part of the leftover Hard Liver festival. 2014 vintage I canít believe that Iím in year 3 of rating, and this is my first experience of this beer. Dark amber pour with a foam ring head. Boozy caramel aroma. Flavor is boozy, bready, raisin, slight bran. Lingering booze, but hardly effects the drinkability. Solid barleywine.
commonshawn (1048) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at brewery. 12oz tulip. Cloudy caramel color with thick white head and excellent lacing. Alcohol and sweet nose. Sugar and tart, long lasting punch. Prune and dark fruit. Some funk. Plenty of alcohol. Medium body. Intense and delicious. Glad I dug my claws into this one.
Abijen (2497) - ís-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oranje koper bier met een goede getinte schuim kraag. Ruikt fruitig, tropisch fruit, pruimen, misschien peer. Smaakt heftig pruimen (denk ik) , rood fruit.
solidfunk (7613) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some thick caramelized malt and slight citrus. Pours hazy brown with ok head. Some tang and sweetness. Bottle shared at tasting.
poisoneddwarf (2283) - Coeur dí Alene, Idaho, USA - JAN 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. 2015 vintage. Aroma is toffee, caramel, molasses, woody, lots of fruity esters--dark fruits, raspberry, lemon, raisin--woodsy hops, earth, alcohol, funk. Headless pour and a murky brown-orange hue with quite a bit of sediment floating around. Taste is bittersweet, savory, sherry-like, licorice, along with most of those aroma deScriptors. Carbonation is very low, texture is bordering on syrupy. Complex and soul-warming wintertime brew.
alliance100 (1113) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle - 2014 vintage - pours a murky amber with almost no head . Aromas of molasses and dried fruit . Mostly sweet with hints of raisins and and mild bitter finish .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
MetalNHopHead (1424) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 24, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Another aged brew from Gene aka Travler. I love Barleywines. I love the aggressively hopped ones even more. Thatís why I was concerned that the 3 years of aging that this bottle had undergone would be a detriment. I need not have worried. Doggie Claws still had plenty of resinous bitterness. There was a nice caramel malt backbone in place, but the hops were still dank with pine and grapefruit zest. Iíd love to compare this to a fresh batch but it was a great comfort to me that this brew managed to retain its hoppiness after so much time.
HuskerTan (1699) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - NOV 21, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Thanks, Gene! "Travlr")
A- Hoppy, pine, caramel.
A- Copper color, hazy liquid, off white head.
T- Pine, bitter, malty.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finish.
O- I feel like I wasnít as enthused as I should have been after having my first HotD. Definitely more of a DIPA than a barleywine for me. Bottle was a 2012 so 3 years old and it was still a bitter bomb. It was alright.
BiiruBierBeer (945) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Malt and mineral smell and taste. Not really impressed by this. Medium body, low carbonation, and mild foam.