adrian910ss (2348) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark yet clear coppery amber with a small light beige head. Aroma of candied malts, toffee, pine tree sap and wet leather. Taste of candied malts, toffee, light caramel notes, pine and hops. Alcohol detected in the aftertaste.
johnnnniee (2293) - 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.
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.
craftycarl21 (2220) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown pour with a small head. Aroma holds sweet caramel, some resinous and citrus hop presence (though subtle), and biscuit. Flavor is much of the same; sweet malt definitely the main component. A bit thin. OK stuff.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Carl. Dark brown pour with a small head. Notes of caramel, biscuit, and slightly muted citrus and pine resin lead to a carmel oriented flavor. More biscuit with a grassy hop profile. The palate is a bit thin for the style, with low carbonation and a supple mouthfeel.
puboflyons (2120) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 2010 batch stamped #316 - properly aged for three years. It pours a beautiful looking copper amber with a lingering, soft tan head. Maybe a hint of red when held to the light. The aroma is malt forward immediately and sweet with a kind of apple or pear character dancing around the edges. Low hop aroma. The body is medium and smooth. The taste has a sweet malt beginning and then I get the earthy, floral hops erupting in the aftermath and lingering briefly. This one has aged beautifully.
Niko100 (1978) - Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice copper color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, & dark fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, syrup, spicy hops, and dark fruit; Warm finish with some alcohol; Fairly well balanced; Overall, surprisingly not too bad.
crazyvin (1933) - New York, USA - MAR 12, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A bit of a disappointment. Poured a nice amber-red color with a quickly fading white head. Looked to be very thin and watery. Aroma had a nice sweetness, some brown sugar and some caramel. Hops were decent, but not assertive enough. Hints of vanilla were present. Flavor showcased more of the sweet malts then anything else. Hops were mildly bitter and the alcohol seamed well hidden. Overall body seemed light.
rocbyter (1896) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty aroma. Clear red orange color and a small white head. Moderate sweet beginning with a mellow finish.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Pours a clear orange-red color with a finer of off-white head. The head fades down to a thick ring around the glass, leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is full of rich roasted caramel malts and some dark fruit sweetness. There is also just a touch of booze and bread.
T - Starts off with a mix of deep roasted caramel malts and some dark fruit sweetness. Just a hint of hops in the background. Through the middle, some sweeter fruit flavors come through alongside some bread flavor. The finish is a blend of dark fruit, some sweet malt, and just a touch of alcohol flavor that lingers nicely.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate-low amount or carbonation. Has an almost syrupy feel to it. The finish has a bit of a dryness to it which is really nice.
D - Pretty drinkable, especially considering the 10% abv. The hops are a nice surprise. The overall flavors are nicely balanced and develop nicely, especially as the beer warms up a bit.