VT (1666) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
341 ml bottle. Pours a viled ruby reddish amber with a nice beige head. Aroma is caramel, resin, hops. Flavor is caramel, fruit, toffee, tobacco. Finish is hoppy, herbal and earthy. Light to medium body, weak carbonation.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle from presario). Cloudy brown color. Medium off white head. Malty alcohol aroma. Sweet malt flavor. Avg duration. Light alcohol finish. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Fair lacing.
pootzboy (1597) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2007 660mil bomber Thanks Kris.
Another treat from this brewer. This time a Barley wine that’s ready for drinking right away. Not much cellering can do to this thick alcoholic ale.
Pours a beautiful hazey red-copper color with a billowy cap that lasts like malted merigue...laced the glass.
Aromas: Musty-woody...Dried fruits, cinnamon bread, spices, light burnt treacle-molasses tones from demerara... fusel alcohol mingles to create a licorice tone in the aroma.
Massive malt body with massaive hop offset up on the front side of this big ale..mid palate lots of periphery flavors develop to make it more complex..nuts, smoke, tobbacco, sweet cedar,...all this time our old friend fusil alcohol rides just below radar level...finish is drying with the big bitters of piney hopping starting to dominate...then the big warming comes :-) But by God this is smooth as a youngster...too smooth ;-)
Devilishly easy drinking makes this BW dangerous!
This barley wine is ready for enjoying right now but I will speculate a few years will drop the hop edge out of it and make it a malty fruity drink...so I put 2 in the cellar.
italarican (1484) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle generously shared during the RBSG grand tasting. Pours a hazy burnt orange. Aroma is primarily of marshmallow fluff; somewhat sugary. Flavor is less sugary sweet and is a pine-caramel hybrid. Lots of pine sting with toffee in the finish. A bit hot and too boozy.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Understated aroma of rum soaked dark fruits, some citrus rind, thicker, bready malt as well. Pours a thick, dark copper with virtually no head. Toasted malt, lots of citrus zest, some wet oak notes, pine resin. Assertively spicy, but there’s a delicate herbal and floral quality to the beer that makes it most interesting. Leaning toward full bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation for this style of barley wine. Thanks Scott!
pepsican (1452) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cap says 09 but it has Burgundy wax. Whatever. Light ruby pour, little head. Raisins, cherry, plum, sherry oxidation, nutmeg, and just a touch of cherry sourness to round out this well aged barley wine. I’m not a fan of aged or barley wine really, but this turned into a pleasant old ale. Not bad.
back (1331) - Holstebro, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Kobberrød klar skum hvid kort
Malt vinøs jordslå alc. Bær
Bitter lidt sød moderat
Flad Cremet kro fuld
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think this 12 oz bottle came from Matt7215 up in Canada. Hazy as all hell orange brown with disappearing tan head but lots of lace and ring. This would be the blue wax ’09 bottle, but i couldn’t put it away any longer. Nose rich sweet and spicy barleywine. Sticker sez 8.6 abv, but it smells more like the 10.5% listed above. Taste is smooth though. Not 10.5%. Lil sweet bite up front to smooth nuts and cinnamin or clove or something. Not bad at all.
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blue wax-sealed bottle shared by the AZ crew. Pours a dark apricot color with a trim white head. Smells of apple cider. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, caramel, and further red apples. Good stuff.
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2010 Thought I would re-rate. This is the 2008, which has been stored in my brothers wine cellar for the last 2 years...and the last of the 660 ml bottles
A - Caramel with a touch of fruit
A - Hazy amber colour with thin cream coloured head
F - Light sweetness, with a bitter light alcohol finish
P -Full bodied, with light carbonation
O - This rating shows my evolution as a beer drinker. This is a great beer that I was unable to understand in the past and now I can truly appreciate it.