jbruner (3728) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to trade with AKandy! Pours a cloudy golden brown from the bomber with bubbly tan head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of big sweet caramel malt and earthy notes. Taste follows, bit more towards the malt, big boozy notes. Really nice for the style, well done.
furthur (739) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 23, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABBF draft. Almost black, no head. Aroma raisin, toast, vanilla. Taste raisin, toast, vanilla, faint coffee. Palate rich and thick, carb almost gone.
BeerandBlues2 (11674) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 22, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at GABBF. Pours opaque brown with a small, frothy beige head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is spicy alcohol, caramel and cookie malt, dates and figs with cherries and earthy hops. Flavor is sweet caramel and cookie malt, spicy alcohol, vanilla, dates, figs, light earthy hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
jgb9348 (5440) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown coloured body, very cloudy, with a bright ruby glow when held up to the light and a thinnish, single centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, toffee, nuts, caramel, alcohol and bunches and loads of pit fruits. Medium to Full-bodied; Very strong alcohol and metallic burn up front with a more sedate chocolate, raisin, fig, earth, oak, vanilla, bourbon and even some light hops in the flavour. Aftertaste is quite complex with the alcohol burn and malt by far the strongest flavours. But, some vanilla and especially the sweetness from the pit fruits starts to overlap on the burn, but the palate and flavour are less than ideal, especially with my aging of the bottle. Overall, a decent barley wine at best; Perhaps I was expecting a bit too much, but even after the aging of the bottle and getting it from a nice brewery way up North, this didn’t turn out the way I had hoped. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from La Bodega in Anchorage, Alaska on 04-October-2013 for US$14,50 sampled at home in Washington as it starts to get slightly chilly here on 06-December-2015.
Date on Bottle: 19-February-2013 // Purchased Date: 04-October-2013 // Sampled Date: 06-December-2015, Listed on Bottle at 2013 Vintage at 13,0% ABV
jtclockwork (13105) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Shig. Pours reddish amber tan head. Nose/taste of piney hops, resin, caramel, and toffee. Medium body.
vtafro (5919) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Sweet malty, fruit, alcohol aromas. Malty, fruit, sweet but strong liquor like tones.
maxwelldeux (4290) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a moderate tan head on there. Nose has some toasting and caramel notes to it, though it seems to smell a bit stale. Taste is toasty up front with a slightly sweet finish to it. Very meh to me.
fiulijn (17990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bottleworks, Seattle
Dark amber-brown color with red hue, and small creamy head. The aroma is quite nutty, some caramel, light alcohol. Caramel and malt flavor, the alcohol punch is quite evident, nutty side too; correct bitterness.
A boozy Barley Wine, not bad, but not convincing too.
Ferris (10587) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Sweet caramel and some nice brown sugars. Clear Amber copper with a decent beige head. Caramel, nice fruity sweetness and bit of light booze.
mcberko (11999) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a dark caramel brown with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel malts, booze and brown sugar -- lots of heat here. Flavour brings out caramel, alcohol, and candied sugar. Alcohol is revealing though not too burning. Pretty simplistic for a barley wine -- not very complex. Drinkable, but rather hot.