Errl (2326) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2015 Bottle..thanks to mora..2006...Pour is dark red with no head...Nose is oxidation, caramel, spice, herbs...Taste is caramel, musty, spice.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 2011 (January) Consumed 11AUG11
A: pours a toasted brown ale with three fingers of light graham head. This falls slowly to a quilt of the same. Cobweb lacing above rosy hues in this brilliantly clarified ale. Great look.
S: toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, thick and sweet malts. Man, I love the way this smells. A hint of bitterness.
T: Sweet toffee with metallic hints. Burnt caramel, nutty malt, earthy yeast. Slightest hint of bitterness and floral hops.
M: Medium to heavy body with moderate on hi carb. semi dry finish.
O: Man, this beer is going to age sooo well. I’ve had this beer at the two year mark, and remains one of my best beer memories. Can’t wait for my stash to age appropriately. My hidden gem.
Serving type: bottle
jgb9348 (5231) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice crisp ruby and deep copper coloured body with a thin tan head about a centimetre tall. Aroma of very nice pit fruits, grain, brandy, cognac, raisins, toffee, curacao and a hint of light wood and oak - very nice smelling. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong alcohol burn and depth at first with a bit of wood, oak, peat and toffee notes right behind and a smooth raisin and pit fruit flavour at the finish. Aftertaste shows a good complexity with the toffee and fruity sweetness right up front and the alcohol, cognac and brandy burn later on with some light spices and the dry oak. Overall, a nice barley wine that shows good character, a relatively nice smooth sweetness coupled with a smallish (but still noticeable) alcohol burn and a good dry oaky finish. Perhaps could have used another year, but this was pretty nice right now! I sampled this stubby twelve ounce bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Seattle (WestLake), Washington State on 03-February-2013 for US$2.99 sampled at home in the real Washington on 17-December-2013.
Bottle: 2011 // Purchased February 2013 // Sampled December 2013
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours flat dark red
Smell big juicy fruit, bit of caramel and odd tartness
Taste smooth oxidized cherry, caramel, still a bit of heat
Sledutah (6250) - Utah, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle (December 2010) picked up at Total Wine
Appearance: Cloudy golden/amber with a small off-white head, no lacing
Aroma: Sweet caramel, yeasty and toasted malts
Taste: Toasted malts, sugar, caramel, dusty, pine resin finish
Good, easy drinking
fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from CoOp, Bellingham, WA; vintage 2011
It has a beautiful color, dark amber with copper and red shades, and medium sized creamy head. Some aroma of caramel, vanilla, hop and puke. Correct body strength; there is some flavor of malt and caramel, moderate sweetness, quite strong bitterness; the hop is mostly resiny, not much fruity. Long final.
American style Barley Wine, below average.
Blairgus (3567) - California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
9 Jan 2013, bottle. red/orange, dark but clear, steady bubbles, no head. bread, raisins, plums, alcohol, sweet malt. med body and mildly fizzy. cherries, alcohol (but not too much), light bready malt. nice
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a medium golden color, with a moderate head, and an unusually bland aroma for a barley wine. Taste is better than the aroma, with relatively modest malt sweet malt presence that is balanced by hop bitterness that mostly comes in strong at the finish. By no means a bad beer, but it is sedate for the style, which, combined with the twist off cap probably doesn’t make is much of cellar candidate either.
Rodriguez (322) - Quito, ECUADOR - OCT 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first barleywine, for me was an English IPA with maybe more hops and alcohol level. Balanced beer, amber, medium carbonation.
corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that’s completely opaque with a one finger, light beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Surprising considering the style and ABV.
Earthy, leathery malt aroma with spicy hops, sweet alcohol and subtle dark fruit notes. Surprising hop presence with some grass and resinous pine followed by alcohol, leathery malt, caramel, toffee, plum and fig.
On the fuller end of medium bodied with a spicy hop bite that lingers over the earthy, leathery malt and sweet booze into a hot, bone dry finish. Again, it’s surprisingly hop forward with lots of dry, earthy bitterness and resinous pine flavor dominating until the malts and booze come in on the back end. The leathery malts compliments the earthy hops but it could use a bit more sweetness. There’s some caramel and toffee but the vinous dark fruit notes found in the nose are barely noticeable. Some boozy heat in the finish that provides some nice warmth, but overall the high ABV is decently masked. Not very complex but still a flavorful sipper.