ADfan (476) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the glass it had a nice amber color with a huuuuge head. The aroma was sweet with a big malty aroma. Also some cooked raisins. Flavor is big. Chewy with more roasted fruits, maybe figs and apricots. There is a slight bitterness but well balanced. Nice alcohol punch with a long finish.
JPDurden24 (1070) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the source, it is a sweet and hoppy golden ale with lots of flavor and tasty goodness. Iíll save all the accolades for his big brother the bourbon Fred. But still very good.
savnac (2056) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from PDX, batch 85. Hazy amber with a thick, foamy beige head. Aroma of sugar, fruity yeast esters, alcohol and honey. Flavor is sweet sugary malt, alcohol and a light hop bitterness. Medium body with average carbonation. This is a pretty good barley wine, really sugary sweet and fruity. I know this one does well with some age but my last bottle I tried to cellar exploded.
Steve_0 (1230) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Poured into my snifter a murky copper color, with an overwhelmingly large off-white head. Smell is big raisin, caramel, plum, toffee, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is caramel, plums, sweet, boozy, grassy, and a medium bitter finish that seems to linger. Light hops, but probably subdued because have been sitting on this one for awhile. Very creamy texture with medium carbonation, could possibly be one of the best bodied beers I have come across. Sweet, yet well-balanced, yet somewhat boozy, I dont know, I canít explain it. All I know is that this is a pretty tasty barleywine.
Sarpa (359) - FINLAND - JUL 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap@the brewery pours hazy golden.sweet, hoppy, sweet aroma, sweet, a bit bitter flavor.
ration (1642) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
120712. Tap at the brewery. Pours hazy orange with no head. Aroma sugar, caramel. Smells like a cask. Low carbonation.
wchesser (664) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick persistent head on a slightly cloudy orange brown. Nose is sweet caramel and floral hops, become huge honeyed aroma with warmth. Taste much the same-a bit of spice. Terrific balance-just delicious. Wish I had got more of this when I could. Went well with some black bean and anaheim chili nachos.
Newk (299) - - JUN 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured from tap into pint glass. Pours a dark orange color with a nice head.
Well balanced with nice malty aromas of navel oranges, hops, citrus notes and some spice tones. Good depth to it as well.
Full bodied with a real nice and smooth feel. Good depth of flavor with notes of navel oranges, hops and a good dose of spices as well.
This was really enjoyable. Full bodied and well balanced with no hint of the alcohol at all.
Zita (3443) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
heavy malty aroma,golden, clear, light brown foam,light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice heavy light citrus finish.mums
jstraw (1641) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky amber with massive, foamy, off-white head / Dry nose of hops, rye, bread, and citrus / Medium body, lively carbonation, some sweetness but overall dry, malty with excellent hoppy balance, and good, very bitter, finish / Flavors of spicy rye, caramel, dates, grapefruit, pine, and wood / Call it a barleywine, but really a big double rye ipa to compare with the best. Very astringent, possibly too much so, but works well with big malts.