StefanSD (1990) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of brewolf. Thanks. Pours a dark amber-brown color with a small beige head that quickly dissipates to a fine film. The aroma is dark fruits, hot sherry and a bit of toffee. The flavor was more toffee, roasted walnuts, dates and some more of that hot sweet sherry. The palate was full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finished long and sticky sweet. Overall: A rather complex little beast of a barley wine and not a bad one at all.
TheEpeeist (3139) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, cellared about a year and a half. Deep clear brown with a pocked head and lacy rings. Nose is caramel, overripe peach, butter and earth. Medium body, slick and oily, trace carb. Taste initially sweet plum, prune and butterscotch. A citric tang then bitter, dry and vegetal. Maybe infected but enjoyable as a curiosity.
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at brouwer’s cafe for hard liver 2010. very dark reddish tint that was gorgeous. dark fruits on the nose, alcohol noticeable, a bit too cloying but had intriguing notes that kept me coming back.
trevor211 (1297) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver 2010. Deep, dark ruby amber with a dense, foamy head. Fruit and caramel malts on the nose – definitely on the sweeter side – with some booze and a mild hop contingent to counter. Smokey meats follow overripe, fermented fruits in the flavor – this stuff would be killer with a plate of fresh beef jerky, and that note doesn’t come through at all in the aroma. Thick, full mouthfeel. Slightly boozy, slightly sticky… with some acetyl on the finish. Nice.
crackedmachine (458) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2009. On draft at Hard Liver. Deep, dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of candied fruits and caramel. Likewise with the taste: very sweet dried fruit and a heavy, heavy dose of malt sweetness. The only flavors here are cloying malt and sweet candied fruit. Maybe ideal for some, but not for me.
after4ever (5859) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at the brewery. pours a deep ebony with coppery edges. dense, creamy tan head that fades quickly away. loose stringy lace. rich datey, figgy nose with tangy molasses and brown sugar undertones. creamy medium body. rich fruity sugary mid palate...dates, figs, shortbread, black bread. lingering sweet finish. tasty. does not seem bugged. yay!
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma of dark plums and raisins. Dark copper=gold color. Taste of sweet cherries, then a dry finish. Slight warnth from the alcohol. Med. body.
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium mahogany color with little carbonation and a small, brief head. Traces of caramel malt in the aroma, soon followed by hints of dark fruit, though pretty understated. Mild caramel flavors, moderate diacetyl, slight bitterness. Pretty punchless for a barleywine, though the alcohol is well masked, making for a drinkable potent brew.
luttonm (2049) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 12, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at College Inn in Seattle. Way out of balance, too sweet and too malty. very sticky and raw. soy and vinegar mess.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark auburn pour with a thin head. Aromas of dark fruit, licorice, chocolate, and a touch vinous. Initial flavors of dark fruity sweetness and chocolate. Floral earthy hops come through, as does a good deal of smokey teriyaki and soy sauce. Full bodied, complex, and interesting.