tmoreau (2060) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to snifters displaying a mahogany color, with a modest layer of off white, bubbly head foam, and light lacing. The nose was esters, honey sweetness, caramel, a hint of lemon meringue or zest scent, and a wisp of sea salt? Medium+ bodied with soft carbonation, moderate but muted hop bitterness, a silky smoothness to the mouthfeel, esters that were more of a dark fruit variety, and definite alcohol presence, without the booziness. Nice complexities throughout.
Lectvay (59) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bottle. Dark, cloudy brown. Sweet and spicy, wonderfully viscous feeling. Hard to think of anything wrong with this one. Fantastic.
Beergeek23322 (1953) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1/15/2012. On tap at the brewery in Portland. Copper color with a tan head. Floral aromas with malt, light fruit, spices and alcohol. Sweet flavors from the fruit with spices and alcohol burn on the end.
Salmoniform (196) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured 2013 from bottle to glass. Reddish brown hue with off white head that dissipated to thin ring. Light lacing. Yeast sediment in bottle from conditioning. Aroma is malt forward with roasted barley, melon, esters, pine, caramel, nutty. Fantastic mouthfeel with light carbonation and full body. Taste is initially sweet with a great bitter finish. Overall this is a wonderful Barleywine that I look forward to revisiting.
JohnGalt1 (276) - , Idaho, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottling picked up today at Home Brew Stuff in Garden City... Paid a pretty expensive $7... but oh well, probably not going to see them at any other stores.
Thankfully the new batch shows no overt carbonation problems (neither dead flat or explosively carbonation)... Pours with a 2 finger khaki head atop a fairly clear deep cherry wood brew... nice lacing.
Nose is pretty nice.. toasty malt and malty wort.. bright citrus hoppiness... Pretty pungent hops with warmth... I like this vintage.
Flavor mirrors the aroma but with a light punch of yeasty frutiness that makes me think of apricot.. light caramel and stone fruits.. rummy but in a good way.. big American hops.. but still there is an earthy hop component.
Body is lightly viscous but ever present yet creamy carbonation.. a sipper but I will always want another drink. Very fine.
Crap... I frequently pass on cellaring Doggie Claws because of the random QC issues... This batch is in the cross-hairs right now.... but will it stay there?
RB #’s 8/3/8/4/16
Oregon_butcher (59) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice brown color. Good heady carbonation. Smells great . Malty very hoppy smell. Very smooth Taste. Sweet citrusy hops. Good stomach warming sensation. Great beer!
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VastActiv (2014) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Colour is brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, sweetness, hops, malts and hints of toffee. Alcohol, where?
nicolascage (116) - Copenhagen (Virum), DENMARK - NOV 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
vintage 2006. sweet, round and a little woody, nice barleywine, i would like to taste it fresh too
78samh (54) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle. I am not a huge fan of barley wines. I first tried this on tap at the brewery last year and I loved it. I bought a bottle and have been cellaring it since, trying hard to forget i have it. I broke down today and drank it. Amazing brew! I wish I had more. Super sweet, smooth, and just a hint of boozey burn.
zoucrew102 (347) - - NOV 23, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2007 vintage at hair of the dog, portland, or. Sweet aroma with strong honey notes. Pours dark ruby red with a thin white head and no lacing. Taste is sweet dark fruit that finishes smooth with strong sweet honey that sticks to your palate. Outstanding.
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