Beergeek23322 (2041) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1/15/2012. On tap at the brewery in Portland. Light orange color with a white head. Malty and boozy aromas with light fruit and plenty of hops. Sweet and boozy flavors. Very good.
kevinator (719) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty amazing. Sweet and grainy aroma with a touch of hops bitterness. Copper-like color with a small head. Smooth palate with some weight. This barley wine knows what it is supposed to be without leaning too much to the hoppy side or the sweet. Caramel notes with wood and hops to balance. Remarkable.
harrymel (1450) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A: Pours golden and lifts a fine white less than single finger head which thins to a sheet of the same. Slightly hazy.
S: Sweet grains. Apple skins (too bad). Floral, citrus, vitamin scents here as well.
T: Sweet, alcoholic, phenolic. Not real hop feel here. Woody tones.
M: Syrupy, heavy, moderate carbonation. Coats the mouth and remains resonate.
D: One’s enough for me. Too sweet.
Serving type: bottle
olr1984 (921) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours a golden amber with a very large tan head that never leaves. Toffee, sweet malt and spice taste.
VastActiv (2201) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Hair of the Dog, Portland. Colour is cloudy golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Malts, sweetness, fruits and hops.
keith0718 (340) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent barleywine. Very sweet, but without feeling like a 4,000 calorie malt-bomb. Hints of apricot or some such dried fruit. A nice way to get 10% into you.
Frahmo (225) - Idaho, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a rich golden color with 3 fingers of head. Good lacing and head retention. Great malt/hop smell of this one. Sweet almost carmel taste that finishes with some great hop tones. Well balanced all around with no noticable booziness. Great barleywine.
jbruner (1998) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy golden orange from the 2012 bottle with thin ring of bubbly head. Aroma is lots of caramel, slight booze, a hint of spiciness. Taste is caramel, definitely some rye spice, slight bitter hoppiness is still there. No booze in the taste, just a hint of burn on the way down; very good for a barley wine.
BrixandBrews (24) - West Richland, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A big boy beer, with a lot of potential. I gave this beer a first look at an early age. Highly complex, a bit rough on the palate, with obvious craftsmanship in the details. Will surely revisit in 9-12 months.
merc7186 (1749) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Hazy Golden Straw/Mild Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head, Mild Lacing
S: Boozy, Mild Belgian Sugar, Mild Honey
T: Honey, Boozy, Mild Belgian Sugar
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mild Boozy
Overall, nice balance of booze and honey...sweet but over bearing.