madvike (2372) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 9.7oz from two vintages, 2006 and 1996. 2006 rated - Pours opaque mahogany with a thin tan head. Sweet toffee on the nose, buttery and malty, with a touch of heat and a bit of raisin. Taste is lots of raisins, sweet caramel, dark bread malt, cocoa. Bitter roasty, malty bite on the finish, surprisingly, with a smooth toffee long finish. Slick and a bit thin, and very little carbonation. 1996 is way different--nose is a dead ringer for crystallized honey, and the taste is much more cardboardy and plasticy. Definitely liked this one with less age on it.
BeerandBlues2 (8442) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber-brown with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with spotty lacing. Aroma is cedar, fruity esters, cookie and bread malt, and earthy hops. Flavor is cedar, fruity esters, cookie malt, light hops, alcohol spice, and a sweet finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
wlajwl (3317) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malt sweetness with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Decently complex, a solid barley wine.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 6/10/2011.This barley wine pours a medium amber color from a 275ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, caramel and bready. A medium bodied barley wine. The malts are fruity and sweet, caramel and bready. The hops are herbal. There is some oxidation, but not too bad. It’s kind of weird how a little oxidation in a Barleywine is NOT a bad thing. Nice carbonation. Fairly smooth tasting, hint of oxidation and alcohol at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
tommann (2291) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
275ml bottle at 8.1%. Pours a deep orange with a large head. Aroma is molasses and sticky figs. Taste has figs to start and some orange and molasses in the finish. Some alcohol on the finish.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
275ml bottle split with mcberko. Pours deep orange/brown with no head. Aroma of cherries, candied apples, plum, caramel. Flavour of candied apples, a little spice, plum, caramel. Very smooth and also medium bodied and leaves a pleasant warming sensation. Would benefit from being a little more complex - flavour.
mcberko (4773) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
275mL bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours transparent dark golden orange with almost no head. Aroma of maple syrup, heaps of caramel, brandy-like liqueur and a slight boozy quality. Flavour is quite sweet, with brandy, caramel and quite potent hops that come in toward the end. Quite nice, but not as complex or robust as the best of barley wines.
adnielsen (7555) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2011
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle @ home. Pours a dark amber appearance with a whitish head that disappears quickly. Sweet caramel malty, somewhat musty, some bathroom cleanser-like, dusty nose. Quite strong, medium boozy, caramel malty, a touch watery, quite sweet flavor. Not very smooth and the booze is strong.
MatSciGuy (906) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[1998 bottle] shared by jk. Pours hazy caramel with no head. Aroma is moderate oxidation, butterscotch, very powdery malts, brandied fruits, a touch of chocolate, and, honest to god, and I’m channeling Guerde here, but I get a bit of urinal cake. Flavor is fairly sweet, some powdery caramel, butterscotch, candied dates, and nice oxidation.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1998 vintage courtesy of jk. The body has a thin ring of large bubbles. Dark brown color. Butterscotch aroma with undercurrents of dates and raisins. The flavor is very sweet with a lovely butterscotch character.