Thorpe429 (5016) - , 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 it’s not too integrated. Alcohol is impressively integrated. Medium body and average carbonation for the style. Pretty good.
Serving type: bottle
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, slight alcohol, light dark ripe fruit, and some toasted sugars. Poured copper/amber in color with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, light alcohol, light caramel, hops, slight toasting, slight brown sugar, and yeast. Medium body. Oily, then lightly dry and slightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Malt, toasted sugar, hop, and caramel finish is lightly dry. 10%ABV is quite obvious in the flavor, and noticeable in the aroma. Not all that much flavor.
Cavie (4086) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy mar. Clear dark orange color with a white ring of head. Aroma is of heavy malt and lots of sugary wood. Flavor is dry, woody and sweet with a touch of fruit. Finishes dry and sweet.
AdamChandler (4049) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked this up yesterday in a 12oz bottle at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor VT. Enjoyed at 60 F in a Snifter. Deep brownish amber with 3 finger tan head that fades to 1 finger with very decent lacing. Scent is ultra sweet. Smells just like a barleywine. Some hints of spices and honey. Taste slightly bitter with English and German hop profiles. Also a nice balance of sweetness, bitterness and solid malt backbone. some pineapple and peach tastes and some brown sugar. Medium carbonation, heavy body.
Butters (4006) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear very dark amber with decent khaki head. Sweet caramel and alcohol, with some dark cherrywood accents. Fairly tasty, but could use some age.
DiarmaidBHK (3951) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a big fan of the style but this was fairly quatrains. Pours a rich ruby color with a thin brown head. Faint aroma of spices on the nose. Fairly smooth taste that lingers nicely. Nice hints of pungency their as well
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle on 05/23/2011 courtesy of Butters. Clear copper amber body with a medium frothy off-white head. Sweet caramel, fruit, sugar and molasses aroma. Dry fruit, caramel, light yeast character, and light molasses flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.
beerbill (3598) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy reddish amber with a moderate tan head that lasted through the first third of the glass and laced the glass well. Pleasant aroma of malt and caramel. The flavor is rich and malt with both malt and caramel present. A bit of oxidation is noted in the flavor as well, which should not be there, especially in a 10% barley wine. Mild hops bitterness at the finish. Nearly full bodied and fairly smooth on the palate.
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, I’d pretty much call this a failure across the board. Very disappointing, because the Leviathan IPA was very good when fresh.
johnnnniee (3268) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I tried this fresh and thought it was a bit hot so I held on to a couple of bottles to see how they developed. Pours a deep copper color with a decent off white head that shows moderate retention and lace. Smells of bready caramel and toffee with a bit of earth and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with bready caramel and toffee with a bit of ethanol to cut through the sweetness. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet sticky mouthfeel. After two years the alcohol is still a bit hot, but that is the only thing providing any balance against a really sweet syrupy maltiness. OK barleywine, definitely a sipper.