Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Second Edition - evidenced by the wax capsule being green rather than red. Pours a lovely reddish copper colour with a thin white head. Nose is big, rich, and surprisingly expressive for such a young barley wine. Notes of buttery corn-on-the cob, rich malt, molasses,with a whiff of hops, and a suggestion of raisin bread. Palate is peaches and cream corn, with the butteriness carrying through, baked goods, raisins, navy rum, and a lovely date-like sweetness slowly evolve into a well-integrated hoppy bitterness. Finish is very long, and bittersweet. I am coming to be very impressed with this brewery.
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 (1615) - 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.
back (1568) - 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
italarican (1520) - 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.
pepsican (1500) - @ $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.
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!
Reimer96 (1471) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not sure what vintage. Pours a lightly hazy deep amber with a small white ring and long sticky legs up the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel, alcohol, dark dried fruits, citrus hops are present in the background with some oaky/wet wood aromas. Taste is sweet pale malts, caramel, dark dried fruits, tart cherries, light woody flavor with a complex alcohol warming on the finish. Never harsh and a nice tartness on the finish that gives a medium dry finish. Great barleywine!
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) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - 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.