desurfer (1246) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wilmington. Pours a deep garnet with little head. Aroma is very malty and fruity, like sweet dark berries. Flavor much of the same, a big sticky maltiness with a subtle hop profile lingering in the background and finish. Excellent!
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to Daniel, I believe, shared at the Black Sunday BA Tasting in Houston. Pours a cloudy brown with an off-white head. Nose is of caramel and overripe fruit. Taste is the same caramel, overripe fruit and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is medium-thin. Less mouthfeel than expected from a barleywine. Definitely less than expected. Glad I didn’t pay for it as I’ve come to expect that Iron Hill charges premium prices for less than premium beer.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Wilmington location, called Old Tom. Cloudy orange color. Aroma was very slanted towards fruit (dates, candied apricots, pears),. Was sweet with some toffee and brown sugar. A little bit of tang in the texture. Not a lot of hop character,. Really liked the taste..
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.
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.
highibus (753) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a nice amber color with no real head. but this bad boy seems a bit infected. just a little off. a little better as it warms but justoff. a bit funky.
Funknmilla (727) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Phoenixville location...Caramel colored, cloudy and dark with a small beige head...aromas of sweet malts and a touch of caramel, some vanilla and alcohol as well...thick mouth feel...sticky and creamy....the initial sip is sweet then alcohol dominates the palate, followed by a figgy date taste and a slight hop finish a pretty bland barley as far as complexity goes....andouie sausage goes well with this
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to GMCC2181 for sending this one my way. Had this the same night as a bunch of rare beers, and this stood up to the big boys. Nice and subtle, but complex. Aroma is malt and yeast, with maybe even notes of nuts. Flavor is malt and hops; not too big, but full of character. Not too hot, not too watery. A fantastic session barleywine, and a nice representation of the style. Thanks again Gabe!
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from trade. Pours a dark amber color with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel malt, figs, dates and brown sugar. Taste is sweet, lightly smoked and bold. Flavors of fermented fruit, toffee, caramel malt and alcohol. Has a semi sweet floral finish.
JAXSON (533) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy deep orange amber. Malty and fruity aroma. Really wonderful flavor profile: not overbearingly dark malt, but with a beautifully balanced, sweet, elegant, citrusy affect. Love it. This has a fruitcake-like quality to it, and a definite caramel-cherry presence. Bubblegum. The Iron Hill bottles are so freakin’ good. The balance and sweet nuance of this is just awesome.