Goodgrief (1738) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Old Tom Barleywine" - Had a 4 oz sample from their sampler (so not the best foundation for a review)...but I thought this was very good. Strong alcohol aroma but the taste was surprisingly smooth...especially compared to the other barleywines I’ve had. They do it right at Iron Hill. Very good...I’d have this one again.
TheEpeeist (3131) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.3 oz bottle. Found this one without its cork in my cellar. Bottom cage wire looks like it snapped. Wow! Poured a quick glass and still showed some carb. Clear burgundy with some wispy head; most around the edges. Dark berries, caramel and sprucey alcohol. Slight sourness; uh-oh. Quite smooth but lacking some depth of flavors. Light toffee and blackberry with orange hoppy drying. Seems intact after the premature de-corking but needs bigger malts. I had hoped to age this a few more years.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This barleywine pours a medium brown color forma 750ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is brown sugar, molasses and brown sugar. Medium bodied barley wine. Malts are caramel and sweet. Hops are earthy and floral. Nice carbonation. Good balance. Hides the 10% alcohol fairly well, there is a touch of a bite at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
jcwattsrugger (10889) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle-pours a light tan head and copper color. Aroma is very nice, medium malt-caramel, medium fruit, fragrant. Taste is medium malt-caramel, medium fruit, fragrant, finishes with earthy hops. Occasional. OK carbonation.
DocLock (7415) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml vintage bottle from Phoenixville. Pours ruddy, muddy caramelly ruby brownish in color, with almost no head. The aroma is big and complex, very fruity, with notes of caramel malt, black pepper, big figs, plums, tobacco, blackberry, slight white grapes, prune, Bartlett pear. The flavor is richly malty and the palate heft and complexity is apparent. I got flavor notes of fine tobacco, figs, berries, pear, apple, white grapes, and some earthy peaty finishing notes. Dense and complex palate, with well hidden alcohol, this oe is great.
TomDecapolis (4384) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared @ the Media location. I suppose this is the correct place to put this review since the ABV matches. Although the bar tender told me it was brewed and bottled at the Media location and the bottle simply just stated "Barleywine" Pours a cloudy brown amber with a smaller off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, some toastiness, biscuit and light alcohol as it warmed. Flavor was lots of up front dark fruits, toffee, hints of vanilla, light hop bitterness, biscuit, caramel, fruity esters and yeast.
eaglefan538 (2815) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a bad beer at all. Not aged. Poured a dark red-brown color with a noticeable but not overpowering head (more than I expected at 10% ABV). Aorma was sweet, alcohol, with a slight flowery hoppy touch. Hops were not prominent in the flavor, which was malty with a touch of alcohol. I enjoyed the malt balance more than SN’s Bigfoot.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a 3 year old batch unleashed at West Chester...
Apepars a hazy reddish toned brown with a small white head that fades into a nice collar.
Smell is of rich malted barley, cherry, vanilla, with a mild hint of oxidation that comes with an aged veteran like this.
Taste is of a nice high gravity, sugary brew with lots of malted barley and vanilla swirling around with some vanilla and cherry.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with the sugary vanilla grabbing at my tastebuds on the finish.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick and syrupy brown color body with a small tan head. Sweet carmel aroma. Flavors are carmel, brown sugar, and some oranges in the finish. Alcohol definately present but mellows in a few minutes. Very good b/w.
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy off-white head mounts the dark amber hue to remain there. Potent caramel flavors come from the developped maltiness. Biscuity, toffeeish undertones accompany the orangey and floral hops on first level, but the 2nd level is the affair of the formidable peachy, banana and apricot fruits of the great english barleywines. Smokey in its finish, long, strong, heady and sweet. Medium to full bodied, slow carbonation. Its sheer complexity and fitting mouthfeel put it among the numerous good examples.