hopscotch (9160) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle... Cloudy caramel-colored pour with no head. Olfactory highlights include toffee and praline. Medium-bodied with barely sufficient carbonation. The flavor is thin and boring, accompanied by weak notes of lightly sweet toffee and caramel. Watery, mildly sweet finish. Although mundane, I appreciate the opportunity to try this. Nice balance, if nothing else.
beastiefan2k (2421) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aged 12oz bottle purchased at the brewery (thus, assuming appropriate storage). Bottled 3-2012. As soon as the cap hisses I can smell the toffee rich alcoholic strong beer. Aroma is just slightly astringent. A hint of cherry astringency. A soft cardboard. Flavor is similar but has a long dry bitter astringent finish. Pretty decent barley wine for a big (an not much else) brew.
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
jan 2011, enjoyed jan 2014
Pours hazy mahogany, tan finger white head
Smell creamy caramel fig coco raisin
Taste maple syrup, coco, fig, red fruit, caramel, pasty aftertaste
Thinner than I would have hoped
CampesinoTino (761) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle brewed on 3/15/2012, 10.1% ABV. Pours a light brownish amber color with sudsy beige foam. Mostly caramelized sugars, dark fruits and malt in the aroma with a bit of honey in the background. The taste starts with caramel, raisin and toasted malt flavors that lead to notes of orange citrus, resiny hops and vanilla. Mild creaminess in the body along with low carbonation and a dry, malty finish. Straightforward American style Barley Wine with pretty good balance overall.
improvjock (322) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Well over a year old (sticker says it was brewed 03/12/12). Pours a dark cloudy brown with minimal tan head. Low carbonation. Very complex aroma with brandy, figs, licorice, and brown sugar. You can really taste the alcohol, this is a strong one. Flavor is pretty malty, with dark fruits and a bit of sourness. Very heavy. This is not my normal style, but itís good stuff.
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky red brown color with a small, off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, light oxidation, pine, vanilla, and some alcohol. Taste of nice dried fruits, raisins, caramel, light vanilla, tobacco and oxidation / lt alcohol finish.
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
2011 bottle at Stumbling Monk: obviously old, a little cardboard and heavy fruit. Dry-ish, some sugar and residual heat in the throat. Iíd drain pour it if someone hadnít paid $8 for it.
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Over a year old, this batch had some time to age. Appearance is orange-amber with a creamy beige cover. Rich fruity aroma that splinters into apricot, tangerine, dark candied fruits, and zesty fruit punch. The body is of juicy fruitiness and chocolate. Apricot, tangerine, and fruity punchy notes all emerge. Medium-bodied, even a bit thin over the palate. No off-flavors and quite quaffable.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Appearance: Pours dark reddish copper color with a nice off-white head. Aroma: Dark fruits, caramel, and burnt sugar come to the nose. Taste: Sweet sugary plum comes through. A little more on the sweet side with not much hop bitterness coming in on the palate.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, split with mcberko. Pours an orange / red with fine white lacing. Aroma of candied sugar, red fruits, syrup, caramel, molasses, honey, and some marzipan. Flavour of marzipan, booze, caramel, candied sugar, dark fruits, molasses, some roasted coffee and lightly burnt wood. Light carbonation, lightly bitter, sweet, but not cloying. Flavour is not as well rounded as hoped.