Slipstream (2440) - USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great aroma - spring fields with grass, wildflowers, herbs, and wine. Brown pour with foamy head. Flavor is very earthy and rustic - woody notes, herbal flavors, nutty, a little sour, and with a touch of something like sweat. Alcohol content turned out to be higher than expected. Interesting brew.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a mostly opaque dark amber brown with a thinnish light brown head...
aroma of oak, tartness, fruit with somewhat of a sweet malty backdrop, berries surface as it warms
woody, oaken flavors with a light tart sensation, some peat and a bitterness that lingers on the tongue. a little bit of earthiness and dryness carbonation has def held up.
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottle, thanks to axilla. Poursamber/brown...cloudy, and with a small ioff white head. Aroma is oak, brett, caramel, and fruit. Flavor is fruit, caramel, brett, oak, toffee, and some vanilla. Fairly easy to drink, for being over 10%.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 Growler picked up by BrianK; one hell of a find! Pours a brown hazy amber body with a beige head. Aroma is fantastic, oaky, vinous, chocolate, citrus, marmalade, creamy vanilla, caramel, and light orange. An incredibly balanced amalgamate of flavor with a citrus spiced creamy vanilla finish. Awesome!
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from Wilmington. Deep brown with some diminishing beige fuzz. Nose is honey, caramel and orange with some floral notes and a light sourness. Beautiful. Soft, smooth and sticky, medium body with a tang. Taste is citrus honey, toffee and vanilla turning slightly bitter with some green grass. Having had their regular barleywine which was good, i’m amazed how the barrel aging has turned this into a masterpiece. Great balance, complexity and drinkability. Unique and world class. The bartender told me they used bourbon barrels but i didn’t pick up on that at all.
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 Cask at IH Wilmington. Great stuff. Oaky as hell. Reminds me more of a Belgian strong than a barleywine. Heavy toast from the wood goes extremely well with the bretty finish. I really don’t think I’ve had another beer quite like this one.
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hand-bottle sent by Miver, shared with a few people. This stuff was fantastic. Thick, rich red wine aroma, toast and chocolate shavings, along with some mandarin orange and funky cheese. A tartness is present with the oak which is just fantastic, and is the first I’ve seen any kind of vineous barrel character in a barleywine. It worked extremely well. One could just keep smelling this thing for days. The flavor wasn’t as exciting, the age and mellowness of the barleywine were a bit taken over by the barrel, but things just didn’t have the same oomph or complexity, and the thickness of the aroma was missing. However it still had a nice, sweet body, a touch of spicy tart, and a wonderful milk chocolate finish. Outstanding stuff.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft, at IH Wilmington. Poured murky reddish amber, capped with a thin beige head. Aroma of caramel, oak, orange zest, musty wild yeast and vanilla. Flavor exhibits nice interplay between caramel, malt, brown sugar, dark fruit and citrus, which are complimented by oak, earthy notes, soap, and tangy wild yeast. Medium to full bodied with little carbonation; this was quite easy to drink. Finishes with brown sugar, caramel, brett, and mild hops. I really enjoyed this; I may have to make a return trip to Wilmington tomorrow.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Wilmington. Hazy burnt orange color with a smaller head. Aroma of wood and bretty tartness, brown sugar, dark fruit (plums), vanilla and caramel. The orangy taste of the regular Old Tom is still present, and blends nicely with the heavier tartness of the brett. Tangy texture and candy orange finish. As good as it gets in so many ways.
egajdzis (6062) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured a murky red amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, caramel malts, dried fruits, brett, light toast, oak, citrus, and a bit of alcohol. Taste of vanilla, sticky caramel, oak, sherry, dried fruits, bretty yeast, citrus, and light alcohol. Fuckin fantastic, we were downing mugs and not even realizing the 10.5%.