durhambeer (2398) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Samís Quik Shop in Durham. Pours a reddish amber with a thin beige head. Nose is malty--lots of caramel and toffee, but also some cherry skins and dark fruits, sort of like some American quads. Some hops. Interesting. Taste is a bit boozy.
AskForJenny (965) - Ontario, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap - Red pour with no head. Robust palate, creamy note with ominous boozy presence. Represents style, well balanced.
Drake (6497) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear orange-amber color with a thin frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of citrus hops, toffee, caramel, brown sugar and toasted malts. The taste is toffee, caramel, citrus, bitter hops and toasted malts. Medium-full bodied. Slightly boozy, low carbonation.
bbbeer (411) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice red-brown with small light-tan head. Aroma pine, floral hops, candy background. Somewhat syrupy, light alcohol presence, almost no carbonation. Flavor is quite sweet, malty caramel and brown sugar, minimal hops, boozy finish. Really needs a drier finish or more carbonation or something but somehow altogether more pleasant to drink than the individual flaws would suggest.
paultheguru (650) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
slight tawny color, white head. low retention rate. apples, plums, figs, some spices. good solid hop character, but the malts outweigh them which is nice for an american barleywine. very mellow, great aged or fresh..
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear, dark, copperish-red amber color with a moderate head of smooth, beige tinted foam. Settling to a thin outer ring, the head leaves behind a sudsy wash that mostly returns to the body, save for a scant few spots that dry. The nose is strongly alcoholic and overly grainy, suggesting of stale wheat, some peppery rye, and a bit of unwanted cardboard. Hops are bold, pithy, and citrus driven, hinting also at pine resin. Flavors largely follow suit, again based in booze and grain, attacking the tongue with both an alcoholic burn and a biting, bitter hop finish. Hints of stale dark fruit also emerge, but they certainly do not help matters. The palate is a bit under carbonated, not much, but enough. The boozy heat is rough doing down. Overall, Iíd pretty much call this a failure across the board. Very disappointing, because the Leviathan IPA was very good when fresh.
womencantsail (6896) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The beer pours an amber color with a finger of off-white head.
S: A decent hop character to the nose. Mostly floral with some pine notes to it, but not really any citrus to it. A light note of booze, but it goes away soon. Lots of toffee and a bit of brown sugar.
T: The flavor is actually quite good. Toffee, caramel, and brown sugar malt notes with a hint of chocolate on the back end. Piney hops give it a nice bitterness and there is a small amount of citrus peel.
M: Medium bodied with a smooth, medium carbonation.
O: Maybe itís all the trash beers Iíve had lately, but I thought this was pretty good.
Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of the good Sir Drew. Served in a snifter.
Pours a bright, clear reddish-amber color with a very thin off-white head that quickly recedes to a half-cap with a thin collar of bubbles. The nose brings some light cherry and other fruits. Flavor is moderately-sweet with some bread and light brown sugar plus a light amount of caramel. Malt dominates, though itís not too integrated. Alcohol is impressively integrated. Medium body and average carbonation for the style. Pretty good.
Serving type: bottle
jcwattsrugger (10000) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap-pours a light tan head that laces and dark amber color. Aroma is medium fruit, citrus/pine. Taste is sweet medium malt-toffee, spice hops, medium/dark fruit-plum, sugary, some licorice. Good effervescence. Opens up nicely as it warms to cellar temperature.
Heathen (1386) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: A very nice barley wine that hid its bit ABV fairly well. I donít understand all the lower scores. The alcohol built up as it warmed, but never became harsh.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark amber-red with an average; off-white head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had heavy grain, cereal, toasted malt, molasses, caramel and candy; light to moderate resin, pine and peachy hops; raisin; prune; apple; cherry; brown sugar; a little maple syrup; alcohol; and that barley wine smell. The initial flavor was rather to heavily sweet and moderately bitter; while the finish was heavily to almost harshly sweet and moderate to rather bitter with a long duration. There was caramel, brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, earthy and herbal hops, pine hops, peach, apple, cherry, grain, some resinous hops and hints of chocolate. The medium to full body was fairly oily and then a little dry with fairly soft, yet tingly carbonation and a moderately alcoholic finish.