llcooldave (1076) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful reddish copper color. Creamy head as well. Fruity alcohol aromas. Ripe bananas and apples. Clean fruity flavor with some ripe banana notes and alcohol esters as well. Overall, this is fairly drinkable, or the 10% ABV is becoming normal to me so itís not as noticeable. You know what... buy it and drink it. Thank me later...
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Translucent dark copper, part dense and part bubbly beige head, both creamy and resinous full body, medium-high carbonation.
Aroma: caramel sweet roasted malt, bready yeast, silage, and leafy hops.
Taste: silage, leafy hops, alcohol, bready yeast, sweet roasty malt, and a bit of carbonic acid.
Really needs to be cellared for a year or two, then would probably be really nice. All the flavors of a great barleywine are there, but are young and slightly harsh, and not really getting along yet. To analogize, a bunch of great players but no teamwork yet.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle/12oz - Pours a dark reddish amber in color with a small off white head that produced some small amount of lacing on the glass. Low carbonation. Aroma is quite malty and slightly sweet with a small amount of hops. Flavor is also a little sweet, but the hop bitterness does almost balance that out. Lingering bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden and not really a part of the flavor profile. Does produce some tummy warming though. A reasonably good BW...
mcox90 (1538) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from a 4 pack. Pours a red/orange color with a thin white head. Heavy sweet malty aroma with a hint of pine hops in the back of your nose. Moderately heavy palate with a warming sensation. Low, low carbonation. Almost nonexistent. Sweet caramel flavor backed by pine and citrus hops. Alcohol is present in every sip. Pretty good, although a little less than I expectd. Triticus was better.
bhensonb (10930) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from ericandersnavy. Looking forward to a distinct malt backbone. Pours ruddy copper with a foamy beige head. Aroma of mildly roasted malt. Smooth. Sweetish. Hints of hop fragrence. Full bodied. Sweet roast caramel. Very caramel. Floral hop. ESB on steroids. Very nice sweetness followed by light bitter. Slight bite. Then back to true caramel. Like those little Kraft goodies. Very nice ale.
glennmastrange (2241) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Moderate malt and hop notes of roasted, caramel, and cooked orange, light leather for the yeast, with background notes of brown sugar, dried apricot and alcohol. Head is small, fizzy, slightly off-white with fair spotty lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear, medium reddish brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic, and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, almost syrupy with a soft carbonation and a lightly astringent, alcoholic and dry finish. Not a bad Barley Wine, maybe not very true to the style, but a very good drinking heavy beer.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby orange with a large beige head. Soft caramel, sweet and floral on the nose with some nice pineapple notes. Smooth and lightly sweet at first with a bit of hops coming through. Big caramel and soft warm malt. Slow warming alcohol and a nice balancing bitterness on the finish. Nothing mind blowing but tasty and done well.
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draught) murky deep copper, soapy medium tan head. Nose of dark fruit, alcohol, apricot/pear, and sweet bread. Taste is creamy, dark fruit, toasty, dark brown sugar. Pretty smooth and creamy Palate. Solid, but a bit of an alcohol linger too.
SudsMcDuff (5812) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yeah I called her up; she gave me a bunch of crap about me not listening to her enough or something, I donít know, I wasnít really paying attention...
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet like a pear! Got this on draught at maxs after a long day of bball, squash, and being target practice for a soccer match! Pours a orangey golden color. Tastes fairly sweet with a few bitter hops mixed in at the end. Smells like sugary sugar bush with some tree blossoms thrown in there.