Iphonephan (5826) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 From a bottle at home. 2005 vintage. Pours a cloudy brown with virtually no head. Intoxicating dark cherry and toffee aroma. Sweet candy sugar, caramel, raisins and licorice. Wow!
Later 2011 vintage on draft at the Mad Fox Barley Wine Festival, Falls Church VA. Pours a cloudy amber with no head. Has some smoky notes not evident in the aged bottle version.
mR_fr0g (8289) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to Paul for providing this vertical.
86: 537414 jammy oxidised paper, oily fruit burnt toffee
87: 637314 oily toffee, paper,
88: 637415 Dr pepper, cola toffee, caramel. Toffee
89: 537214 stale grains, oxidised soy, cola, dull palate
91: 638314 woody toffee apple jammy, earthy, strawberry cherry cola
92: 637414 oily burnt toffee mint paper, toffee, caramel
93: 534210 stale grains, toffee, oxidised, dull, lifeless, meh
94: 545312 airy old cardboard toffee, oxo, dull sweet palate.
01: 547314 oxidised burnt toffee, sweet, sticky really sweet sticky.
02: 635313 stale grains, toffee, apple dull, straw.
06: 527312 sticky toffee, brown sugars banana, chunky
07: 536411 chewy toffee,
09: 547415 tangy toffee orange, caramel, caramel, coconut
10: 638415 peanut coconut toffee, caramel, Good.
12: 647414 big toffee, burnt toffee oily, jammy sticky sweet
WingmanWillis (122) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vertical at Chez Soapy. Big thanks to Scopey for the 20 different vintages. Pours toffee brown with somw thin head. A good mix with the 86 a little soupy but still has the aroma of fruit cake, a little honey. The 91 was a little marmite twiglet. Taste holds up pretty well with differences in sweetness across the range. Plenty of fruit cake action with honey and booze. The 2008 has a distinct spiciness to it. A good beer.
gephross100 (61) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 bottle caramel, bread, nuts, leather, butterscotch, vanilla, clawingly sweet. Slight oxidation. Muddy brown color.
Ahuth (248) - - MAY 19, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. 2013. Huge nutty smell. Pours a ugly brown but the taste makes up for it. Huge upfront taste. Sweet nutty grainy. Nice sticky palate. This is. Great beer.
imdownthepub (12812) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, 275ml, 2005 version aged 11 years. Red amber with thin head. Full on Barley Wine aroma on pouring leading to a heavy alcohol character, certainly wine like, smooth with a toffee, caramel note. Woody, vanilla notes toward the close. A big bruiser.
mbgrayson (703) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - APR 8, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brewed in 2014, in a 275 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy amber, with a thin tan head. Aroma of malts and wood. Taste is rich and thick, with notes of whiskey, wood, and sugared malts. A very nice wood aged ale. Thumbs up.
ImportBeerMan (11) - Pintsville, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2016
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2015 vintage 275ml poured into a sniffer. Appearance: Hazy copper orange with minimal head. Nose: Sweet, Boozy . Mouth/Feel: Syrupy, low carbonation. Taste: Really Sweet with a port finish.
wombat23 (456) - Texas, USA - APR 1, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared 9.3 oz. bottle. 2013 vintage. Pours a hazy amber with a short-lived off-white head. Nose is a cross between fresh-baked pecan pie and a nutty fruit cake. Taste is malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, fruit cake, pecan pie, and some alcohol. Starts off with a solid malty base then finishes with an almost overwhelming sweetness. Very unique.
darbeer75 (350) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2016
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Aroma: heavy and sweet with an initial impression of Parmesan cheese (disputed by husband); Appearance: dark amber, hazy, with thin, white head that dissipates quickly; Taste: extreme sweetness, like drinking jam; pretty unbearable; Palate: heavy bodied with long, sweet finish; Overall: drain pour.
weihenweizen (2947) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Refrigerated 2013 275 ml brown bottle poured into a glass. Hazy brownish orange with small beige head. Aroma is fruit, medium body, low carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is rich caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, and hints of alcohol. Complex, rich, top of the line barley wine.