BillKismet (3412) - 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.
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark reddish brown color. Aromas of dark fruit, malts, a citrus hops. Flavor had big alcohol taste mixed a nice hop action and lots of fruit and malt flavors.
SpringsLicker (3221) - 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 stevo’s.
Clear light coppery amber body.
Earthy musty aroma with some caramel.
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
decaturstevo’s 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
beastiefan2k (2728) - 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.
Shag (2655) - 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 didn’t seem old to me, just poorly crafted. Quite possibly the worst barley wine I’ve ever had.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown color, with a moderate beige head and fair lace. Nose is malt with slight hints of caramel, the middle is medium, the finish some what semi-sweet, dry, and a nice hop presence. Average as BW’s go, not great, but drinkable.
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 stevo’s. 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.
legion242 (2314) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2004
1.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
I have now had to bottles of this and they both failed tremendously. First bottle was flat. Second bottle, had lots of life as it poured but turned out to be sour as hell and terribly disappointing. What a shame.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks Justin! Tame yellow/amber, creamy slowly rising head. Strong alcohol aroma over milky caramel. Seems young with the warming heat, lighter in body and softer than most in the style. Initially intense leafy hop character sharply softens as the beer warms and catches up and as my palate adjusts. Probably won’t age as long with a screwcap but I’d like 5 to hold on to. Finishes grassy and fairly light. Love to drink this at the peak.