GenDV138 (1437) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2014 Bottle (2013, 11% ABV) poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours a murky/cloudy dark caramel brown with no head, good bit of yeast and sediment towards the end of the pour. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, molasses, toffee, light piney hops. Tasting notes of dark fruit, piney hops, caramel, toffee, big sweetness, a bit of citrus and toast. Very smooth for 11%. Medium body with a semi-dry and slightly hoppy finish, mouthfeel is slightly sticky with low carbonation. This may be the smoothest barleywine I’ve had so far, finishes just a hint warm if at all.
rxeight (1365) - Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with dark red very murky. Aroma and taste is dominated by dark fruit. Plums raisins. Some underlying booze is in there. This is on the darker end for a barleywine. I respect what they are doing here and see why people like it but not feeling this one today.
DedicatedToFun (2618) - Santa Monica, California, USA - FEB 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The perfect barley wine. On tap at hair of the dog. Amazing dark pour and strong and delicious.
dalekliz (878) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle, decided it was high time I opened this one. Pours a dark brown-amber with a white ring. Rich aroma, sweet and boozy, of dark fruits, wood, citrus, malt, brown sugar, brandy. Taste starts crisp, with citrus, malt, booze, wood, then picks up a big rich sweetness, of dates, figs, brown sugar. Lingering sweet wood and brandy that ends soft. Six years old and still going strong.
conway (1495) - - FEB 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark ruby with no head. Aroma is caramel and toffee with some pineapple and citrus. Taste is caramel, toffee, orange juice, other citrus. Light pine notes on the finish. Unfortunately the beer is totally flat and syrupy. Reminds me a bit of Hawaiian Punch. I actually bought this beer twice thinking the first bottle was messed up, but alas it appears this is a feature not a bug. It's really a shame. Just a little carb would make this a home run.
Johnsense (824) - - FEB 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2014 Murky brown pour. sweet aroma, caramel, bread. Lots of caramel, fruity, toffee, raisin, Booze is hidden well. My big issue with this beer is the mouthfeel - where’s the carbonation??
djd07 (3699) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Russell. Pours a cloudy brown with medium beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong simcoe hop and candy sugar. Light mouthfeel with rich candy sugar and boozy finish. Good.
jkwood04 (4035) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Year-old, 12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours hazy amber/copper with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma strong of toffee, caramel, and nutty malts, some floral hops, light dough, and light alcohol. Flavor the same with a very strong malt character and a good balance of everything. Smooth to thicker texture. A good barley wine.
Syndicate (89) - Idaho, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 doggie claws. Bottle was perfectly carbonated and poured a burnt amber color with lots of sediment. Nice quarter inch of white head that stayed for awhile. Taste is as the smell with caramel and toffee slight fig. Wonderful beer and one that seems like it could stand the test of time. Well done.
Westchesterco (985) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured from a bottle it is a a muddy brown with no head. The aroma is very hoppy and the taste is of fig and a sweet after taste