kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Brewery: Iron Hill Wilmington
Date: June 10, 2007
Source: Tasting, Noog 3D
Appearance: muddy dark amber, fine beige head, drops of lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma with a big earthy character
Flavor: lots of dry bitter earthy flavor, touch of dark caramel adds richness but no sweetness, slight tart edge
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
Date: August 27, 2010
Appearance: opaque burnt orange, fine off white head
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, brown sugar sweetness, light fruityness, touch of caramel sweetness
Flavor: sweet brown sugar flavor, light bitterness, touch of suggary sweetness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
Pinball (10766) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
cloudy brown, small white head.
aroma is enlish barleywine, mild nutty aroma.
flavor is very nice and very complex, malty, dry ,mild sweet caramel, age. lovely
madsberg (10142) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Comes as "Old Tom". Dark amber coloured. Unclear. dense beige head. Aroma of ripe fruits, sweetness, caramel and spice. Flavour overripe fruits, caramel, spice, vague liqoiurice and some alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a caramelly fruiytness with some alc. warmth. Quite nice and tasty.
Lubiere (9866) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A reddish copper barley wine with a thin white head. In aroma, smooth floral hops with intense biscuitty malts, aged and venerable. In mouth, a smooth sweet vinous malts, with British hops, an oily mouthfeel, smooth and blended, a bit lighter than expected but good. On tap at Lancaster location, April 8 2011.
BeerandBlues2 (9588) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a medium, fizzy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, alcohol, brown sugar and spicy hops. Flavor is malt, brown sugar, alcohol and dates with a sweet finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.
hopdog (8852) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at NW. Poured a deep amber color with a thin sized off white head. dark fruits, caramel, with some lighter fruitiness and toffee. Overall alcohol well hidden.
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Lancaster location. Hazy amber beer with a thin head. Aroma is lightly sweet and a little bit honeyish as well. Toasty and toffeeish with some apricot/peach. Sweety and quite chewy. Fruity sweet and a little bit orangey. Sweet and a little bit herbal on the back. Fuggles/Goldings aroma. Quite a rich tasty barleywine in the UK-style.
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to jkwalking05. Pours with a large tan head and a brown body. Aroma of caramel, booze, brandy, chocolate and alcohol. Taste is caramel, alcohol, booze and fruit. Medium carbonation, and a lot of alcohol.
DocLock (7824) - 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.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Rampant oxidation befits the talkative caramel malt flavors this Barley Wine is based on, but the linearity of the flavor profile and the pushy effervescence conjure up a forgettable sipper.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam decorates the amber-ish pale brown.
-This is definitely malt-driven, yet I can’t forget the much more rewarding bottle of their Sasquatch Barley Wine I had a couple of years ago. The Sasquatch had a lot more depth to offer.
-Phantom hop bitterness appears in the finish. Cardboard is more prevalent though.
-Alcohol is present but well concealed within the dextrins.
-At this inflated price, I will never revisit on my own.