Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to Rachel, who brought this back from Washington for me. This is my fifth of the Sampler Six she bought for me, and Iíve been very impressed so far. This barleywine is probably the best of the lot, too. Pours clear medium "old gold" to copper, medium off-white head, which is again quite persistent and laces beautifully. Whatever else Ice Harbor might do as a brewery, they make bloody marvelous looking beers. Nose is right up there with some really top-flight younger barleywines Iíve had, complex, spicy, citrus hops, fudgy cocoa notes, caramel, red fruits, pipe tobacco, licorice, both red and black, some earthiness, cedar, some notes I can only describe as "of the Orient" here too. Flavours arenít quite a match for the nose, but few things are. Flavours are "darker" than the nose, more molasses and raisins, brandy, marmalade, slight red candy note, but more tubas notes here that trumpet... A very classic American-style barleywine, I really must source some of this to age. Had this after the well-made though unimpressive Kolsch, and it was very much a horse of a different colour. Startlingly good, especially considering the very pedestrian packaging.
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010-07-01. Hazy dark orange with creamy small beige head. 3+ Flavour of sweet malt, caramel character that could be on purpose or show signs of oxidation. Light bitterness throughout, very light alcohol. 6+ Modest aroma, light citrus/resin/caramel blend. Overall impression is similar to other West Coast Barleywines and I can never tell if its on purpose or a sign of age, as I am not overly fond of how it comes together. Alcohol grows as it warms. 6+ Smooth average palate. Bottle at Stumbling Monk, Seattle
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[3058-20100701] Tap. Rich cherry cheesecake and thick cream aroma with a hint of vanilla wafers. Murky, orange red body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. More cherry cheesecake and thick cream in the flavour with creamy toasted fruit malt and a very sweet alcohol long aftertaste. Full body. Interesting, quite heavy. More citrus as it warms.
(@ Stumbling Monk, Seattle, WA)
decaturstevo (4851) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper pour with watery head and lace. A fruity sour aroma. Flavor of raisins and abv. Not bad but not good. A bit fizzy and thin.
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2010
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This sucks dawg................A murky orange color with a white head. All is well looking at it, its when you smell and taste it that the problems arise. The aroma is musty like an old stanky blanket found in an attic that the dog used to sleep on. Also some oranges and sweet potatoes. The flavor is very sour with tons of synthetic lemon juice. It didnít seem old to me, just poorly crafted. Quite possibly the worst barley wine Iíve ever had.
SpringsLicker (3114) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at tasting at stevoís.
Clear light coppery amber body.
Earthy musty aroma with some caramel.
jcwattsrugger (11067) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle-pours a light tan head that laces and copper/red color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel/peat/some smoky, slight fruit. Taste is medium malt-caramel/peat/some smoky, secondary dark fruit, earthy hops bite. An off character when chilled that disappears at cellar temperature. So notes are at cellar temperature.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at tasting at stevoís. Pours orange with white head. The aroma is angel food cake, lumber, and alcohol. The flavor is rubbing alcohol, lemon, melon, cand campstove fuel. Ouch.
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
My notes say "aweful", which would seem to imply that this beer if full of awe, or somehow worthy of awe. Sadly, this is not the case, and was simply a misspelling, alas.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
decaturstevoís stevofest part 2. Sample from a bottle thanks to decaturstevo. Clear red, whitish ring. Sweet raisiny caramel aroma. Taste is more of the same but off somehow, plastic