CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2004 bottled sample for judging: Clean and clear light copper with a lacey white head. Fresh English hoppy aroma and a touch of sweet caramel malt. Body is pretty thin for a barleywine with only mild sweetness and not too much hop balance. Finish is also thin. (7, 4, 7, 3, 14)...
GABF 2004 Bourbon Barrel Aged: Cloudy dark copper color with an off-white head. Aroma is a subtle mix of vanilla and caramel malt, but is not very pronounced. Starts rich and caramely sweet with lots of oaky vanilla flavor and a dry vanilla bean finish with some warming alcohol. A nice, complex barrel-aged brew. (7, 4, 8, 4, 15)
Ughsmash (6973) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, unknown vintage (it has at least a few years on it). Poured translucent garnet with a tall, looser-bubbled beige head.. 1/4 inch stuck around for a while, as well as some lacing. The aroma picked up brown sugar, toasted toffee, dark fruits, and a measurable dose of oxidation.. a little bit of sourness evident.. touches of earth and vanilla too. The flavor found more of the fruit meat surrounded by tart skins and a lot of oxidation.. some aged toffee and caramel for support.. finished dry with a little fruit sourness and a bunch of cardboardy oxidation. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. the tart and oxidation notes threw off the flow.. tacky on the finish. This tasted like it was old, and it didn’t age gracefully.
Ibrew2or3 (6450) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of GMCC2181.
Pours amber copper with minute long tan head. The aroma has notes of raisins, prunes, figs, crystal malts and some mild alcohol heat. The taste is much the same as the nose with fruity esters like raisins, prunes, apricots and pears. Behind that are solid notes of sweet malts and mild caramel candy. Then a modest sense of alcohol murmurs up and hangs on into the finish. Nice brew that could use a few more years of age.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle that’s been in my cellar for years. I think it came from hopdog. Pours brown with a lasting tan head. Smells of cherries, nutty, some molasses, touches of welcoming oxidation. Tastes of Spice, some fruity undertones, caramel, cognac with some toffee and cherry hints on the finish. Delicious!
sebletitje (6238) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of ibrew2or3
pours hazy brown with tan head.
Aroma is caramelized / sugary malts.
Taste sugary, thick mouthfeel, lots of malts and dark fruits.
bottle read 9.6abv and was not overbearing.
Rastacouere (6106) - 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.
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Deep caramel, quite dark, slight ruby tint, large fizzy light beige head, spotty lacing, very light carbonation.   The
color certainly looks very inviting!   Very slight sourness and oak on the nose, pale citrus and even softer malts are present.
Not much in the way of a hop nose... definitely not a west coast Barley Wine.   Sweet, yet somewhat sour, citrus character up front.
Soft notes of oak, and perhaps even unripened cherries.   Not as hefty in the malts either.   Interesting Barley Wine.
Fairly smooth, not heavy at all.   Lighter than most, a little bit more oakish and sour, albeit minor, than most other examples.
Lingering citrus like bitterness emerges after the finish.   Unfortunately body and mouthfeel are pretty average.   Not capturing me
at all.   Decent beer, however doesnt seem to have enough malt character.   In my opinion not worth the $ the place on this one.
Again, fairly decent beer but it seems a bit too light.   I will give it this, the ABV is well hidden.   Doesn’t feel like 10%
tho.   Anyways, enjoyable but not to the extent that I thought it was going to be based on the $ amount.   Thanks Steve for
sending the bottles!!!
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
In short: A typical, but very much oxidized barley wine
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when almost 2 year old. Too old maybe.
The look: Cloudy light brown body topped by a medium beige head
In long: Nose of cardboard and caramel. Taste is crème caramel, booze, peanuts, wet cardboard, tobacco. Alcohol is very apparent. Finish is a bit bite of alcohol. The body is foamy/fluffy with a overly active carbonation. I had this beer in a tasting a few months back and it was oxidized. I didn’t rate it knowing I had a bottle home. My bottle was oxidized too. And both bottles were not purchased at the same time from the same pub. So I’d say that the odds of other bottles of Iron Hill Barleywine are pretty high. And I paid about $20 for that oxidized crap. What have I done to deserve that? What do people have against me? I am not a bad person. I am a good person. I am a good person who has done some bad things. To an alarm clock. Sexually.
SudsMcDuff (5649) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
murret? .. . Pours a dark brown, damn fine head, light lacing .. . rusty, sweet and chewy- complex and fun- mild hoppiness- molasses, brown sugar and bark .. . a fine beverage indeed .. . Boycott shampoo! Demand the REAL poo!
TaktikMTL (5504) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez moi. Arôme: Odeur de caramel fruité avec une pointe d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée voilée. Présence d’une mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel légèrement fruité avec une pointe d’alcool et d’houblons. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de caramel fruité en arrière goût. (Rating #2940)