WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle via trade a ways back, shared with my girlfriend Cyn after a day that really needed a beer to cap it off. Pours ruddy amber cloudy with not much air passing through. There is a nice tan head that follows. Nose is pretty dry and sweet with a variety of notes, that I canít quite place. Taste is sweet, with a bit of fruity caramel edge and slight mouth burn on the back end. This is a pretty tasty barleywine, but its lacking depth, it has good aspects but they are limited. Overall worth having, surprised its only had such few ratings.
Ungstrup (27681) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes malt, caramel, alcohol, and straw, leading toa sticky finish.
ReggieDunlap (2778) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice ruby color with a medium tan head....nice color and decent lacing and retention. Aroma has lots of dark fruit...sticky hoppiness. Flavor is pretty sweet...fruity...candied fruit...with just a touch of earthy bitterness and the faintest hint of leather. Mouthfeel is full and syrupy with a warming fruity/earthy dry finish.
kp (10887) - 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
jcwattsrugger (10726) - 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.
highibus (683) - 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.
machfive55 (353) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a deep brown and served in a goblet. This was very interesting beer in that I could detect some very fruity, cidery, apple notes, but they did not take away from the beer at all. The hops were blended in nicely and not over the top. The alchol is warming and very apparant. This is a great after meal beer.
Ughsmash (6915) - 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 didnít age gracefully.
Funknmilla (668) - 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
MartinT (7307) - 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 canít 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.