GTAEgeek (1665) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 vintage on tap at the Brick Store, for their 18th anniversary. Poured into a teku glass, with a hazy, dark orange color and a medium, beige, off-white head. Nose is heavy caramel, vanilla, orange peel, pine, and uncharred oak. The finish has a distinct quinine character. Sweet and malty flavor, with a surprising amount of bitterness for the age. Heavy body, syrupy, and a little sharp and sugary. This is a very effervescent and wonderfully aromatic beer, with a well balanced flavor.
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 2007 vintage. Copper pour with no head. Oak, syrup, caramel, toffee. A bit of medicine. Dessert wine like syrupy pour and body. Aged well but could have easily aged for several years. Nice
Jayb0 (1122) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1999, tasted 2015. Obviously super old but it aged well, pours a liquid dessert, all toffee, caramel, butterscotch. But just enough alcohol burn to balance it out, keeping from being cloying. Very pleasant and fun to have a 16 yo beer.
koleminer20 (1495) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. We did a side-by-side of 1999 and 2005 vintages. I liked the 1999 better, so that’s what my rating is based on. The pour is a clear bright orange-ish gold with a thin off white head and no real lace as it falls down. There is an absolute ton of butterscotch on this one that I love on the nose. There are lots of malts as well, accompanying a light fruit presence. There is a touch of oxidization, but it’s not bad at all, considering it’s 16 ish years old. The flavor is very similar. There is a good sweetness, and a touch of booze, but nothing overly dominating. They meld together beautifully. The mouth feel is thick and syrupy with a nice carbonation and a lingeringly sweet, caramel, malty aftertaste. Really good.
djd07 (7224) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with small off white head. The aroma is honey, candy sugar malt. Thin mouth, sweet malt, light roast, candy sugar, boozy, very good.
czar (6559) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 vintage. pours clear bright golden orange with a reviving off-white cap, nice lacing. candied sugars, cherries, spicy oranges, dusty and creamy biscuits, tobacco, sweet peat, some ashes, resin, dirt. low carbonation, medium-full body - oily and syrupy; cloying and lightly smoky-spicy finish. again, an odd smokiness, but this time not coming from any barrels.. abv well hidden. still a pleasant sipper.
Gary (1754) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2015 2013 vintage. I wars drunk as a skunk when I drank this ..I do kinda recall this being subdued and surprisingly hot n boozy ..Damn sweet. Meh drunk or not ,this was a let down . I might re-pete.
FestDecBeet (412) - - APR 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Look: pours a dirty dish water brown. Very hazy. Off white head.
Smell: big booze. Port wine. Sherry. Malty sweet. Slight bitterness like English sled are.
Taste. Hot alcohol. Big sweetness. Toffee, caramel. Hints of port sweetness.
Feel: nice thickness. Super sweet. Medium low carbonation.
Overall: awesome beer. Love the overly sweet notes.
First drank: home 4/22/15
alliance100 (1090) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
9.3oz bottle - 2012 vintage - to snifter - pours a deep blood orange with thin white head that disappears quickly . Aromas of leather , tobacco and hints of dried fruits . Taste is sweet , mild toffee notes with a fruity finish . Very good .
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connor0415 (65) - - MAR 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 vintage, opened 2015. Pours a caramel brown with no head. Smells of brown sugar, honey, caramel, oak and vanilla. Tastes mostly of oak, some char and a lot of sweetness. No hop character at all, I get little bits of whiskey and a lot of vanilla in the finish. The consistency is very syrupy, almost no carbonation.
Great English barleywine, a bit oxidized but it is 5 years old