ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9.3 oz bottle into a snifter. 2009 vintage.
A: Pours a rather murky dark brown color. Very little head is featured here, just a thin collar that’s white with big bubbles. Not to mention, further examination reveals some huge white-colored chunks of sediment. This is what we in the business call "ass-ugly".
S: Wow. This is hugely sweet - almost like a barleywine that’s been distilled even further. Huge dark fruit and caramel sweetness abounds, with plenty of underlying chocolate. I also detect some toffee and some mellow earthiness. Fascinatingly rich, if perhaps a touch too sweet.
T: Indeed, this is one sweet bitch. It opens with plenty of caramel maltiness and dark fruit esters. After the midpoint, the focus switches more to toffee, vanilla, tobacco, and chocolate. Alcohol is mildly prevalent on the back end, but takes on an excellent character, more similar to rum than vodka. After about 3 oz, it does transcend into the realm of "too sweet", with its strong toffee notes ultimately becoming the dominant flavor. There’s good depth and complexity to compensate somewhat.
M: The body does a decent job of keeping the sugary sweetness in check by slightly drying out on the finish, which has a side effect of intruding on the softness of the texture somewhat. Even with that, it’s a heavy, smack-your-lips sweet brew, with almost no carbonation.
O: Well, it’s everything a dessert barleywine should be - big, rich, complex, and decadent. However, even at 9.3 oz, this is best split between two people due to how cloying it is. Compare that to, say, Sucaba, which I can finish a 750ml bottle of with little trouble. Absolutely worth trying...just don’t drink it before dinner.
Bif (1186) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewed in 2010. Pours a dark amber color, hazy with no head. Aroma of dark fruit, sherry, vanilla and spices. Taste of dark fruity sweetness, caramel with a bit of malt in the background. Distinct bitterness and a bit sticky, syrupy finish. Medium body, smooth with flavors becoming more intense as it warms. Nicely balanced with the 11.5% ABV very well hidden throughout. Very enjoyable barley wine. Nice sipper on a cold winter evening.
joeneugs (2575) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just found some old notes on this one… 2001 vintage tasted in 2011. It pours a brown/amber color with no head. The aroma has a lot of port, honey, sherry, maple syrup, plums, raisins and vanilla. The flavor is thick with sherry, plums, prunes, maple syrup and honey. Syrupy mouthfeel, but super rich and tasty. Overall score 4.2
2006 vintage also tasted in 2011. It pours an orange color with light bubbles. Noticeably lighter that the 2001. The aroma has some orange fruit, raisins, honey and brown sugar. More fruity that the 2001, with sweaty caramel notes. The flavor is a bit oxidized with super sweet honey, caramel, almonds, oranges, raisins and port. Overall score 3.9
DSG (4677) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. 2012 bottle. Autumn Limited Edition. Hazy amber. Big malty aroma, caramelly, vinous, with some sherry, some fruitiness and cookies,. Sweet flavor, malty, caramelly, cookie-ish, with fruitiness and sherry, a bit alcoholic. Medium to full-bodied, quite rounded. Really good stuff.
zvikar (2517) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Dancing Camel Pub Florentin. Autumn Limited Edition. Pours orange clear with a small head, aroma of fruits, toffee, wood, fresh fruits, dried fruits, cherry and vanilla, flavor of soy sauce, fruits, wood, sweetness, cherry, port, nice bitterness, tasty, full bodied
mike5326 (463) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bottle. Cloudy light brown color, no head. Sweet candy smell. Oily body with a high alcohol flavor and a candy like finish.
Luvystypotables (206) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of grain, especially corn, amber colour slightly cloudy. Taste of grain especially corn, and alcohol. Palate of gain and alcohol.
olr1984 (704) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz 2008 bottle pours a dark hazy amber brown with a small tan head. Big flavor of sweet malt caramel vanilla. Nice sipper beer.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 1996 thanks to Paul, shared while watching football with Paul, Andy, and Max. Pours a clear brown with a thin white head. Lots of chocolate on the nose, cocoa and warm malt. A touch of oxidization, but not as much as I’d expect for a beer this old. A bit of maple syrup. Quite sweet, a touch of oxidization, malt, sweetness, warm and toasty. Chewy sweet malt. Rather tasty actually. But still a touch too sweet.
keepersj12 (2444) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy amber with no head. The aroma is butterscotch. The taste has the butterscotch and some booze. Very sticky in the mouth. November 2012 release date from Roger Wilco in Sicklerville.
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adnielsen (7562) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of a generous trader. Thanks! 2009 vintage. Pours a murky, orangish brown appearance with a thin light brown head. Chewy herbal, bready, rich caramel, dark fruity, a bit woody aroma. Soy sauce, tobacco, plum, raisin, dark fruity, very woody, quite boozy, very sweet flavor. Quite hard for me to drink more than even a few sips. Not my type of barley wine.