Bulk_Carrier (3474) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz-er poured into a snifter. Bottling date: "02192013," little old, but hey I found this in Skagway and not Juneau.
The appearance was a dark brown/black color with a semi-thick two finger white to off white head. That damn head must last at least for a good 3 minutes before it dissipated and once it did, the lacing was adequately lacing the glass really nicely.
The smell had a super rich sweet candied sugared fruits over top of some sweet raisin bread.
The taste has a very nice, sweet fruit, candi sugar-ed toastiness.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with more of a sipper aspect to it, but that’s okay since this is a Barleywine. The carbonation was there but subdued a bit and the way this came across my tongue had a decent sharpness but also allowed a nice sweet dark fruitiness to run over it.
Overall, good barleywine, its nice to see it held up since the date it was manufactured - not sure why this one can’t come to Juneau and I had to go to Skagway to find it, still if it held up to this long and came across with these marks - Kassik’s must be doing something right, way to go boys!
tgncc (3085) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Awesome aroma of fruit, candi sugar, bread. The appearance is a translucent deep red. The flavor is ver nice, sweet fruit, candi sugar. The finish is light resin hops, lightly boozy. Like an English barley wine. Medium n body, slightly thick. Nice!
SpringsLicker (3386) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a muddy dark brown with a very generous head for a barleywine.
Sweet nutty caramel aroma.
The flavor is sweet with little hop flavor. Pretty simple Barleywine.
Hides it’s alcohol well.
Iphonephan (5837) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear brownish amber with a tan head. Malty nose. Flavors of caramel and some tropical fruit. Medium to heavy bodied and moderate carbonation. Hides the alcohol well. Smooth and well balanced.
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Brownish amber colored with a half-inch of tan foam. Mostly dark fruits, caramel malt and brown sugar in the aroma. Flavor is predominately caramel, dates and malt at the start along with some prune, molasses, raisin and resiny hops bitterness. Also a noticeable bourbon-like alcohol presence in the background. The body is thick and syrupy with naturally soft carbonation and more dark sugars and booze in the finish. Lots of complex flavors to chew on even if it is a bit rough around the edges.
robforbes (2152) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a clear mahogany with a small light tan-yellowish head, and good lacing.
smell is of malt, hops, fruit, and some caramel.
taste is a little oily, malt, a little sweeter than most, fruit, and some caramel. ends a little tart and somewhat sweet on the tongue.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle:   Deep dirty caramel, moderate to large frothy off-white head, fairly nice lacing.   Sweet caramel malt nose, a bit bready, little hop character.   Soft hops up front, a bit malty, slight biscuit, but also a
little astringent.   Has a little metallic tinge to it.   Seems malty up front, but falls off a bit towards the back.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Somewhat of a salty caramel and bready finish.   A little
rough, and not as sweet as it should be.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Hides the 12% well, but still remains warming.   Finishes very bready, some caramel, a bit rich, but also this medicinal/perfume like presense.
Finish is a little rough, otherwise okay.   However, needs to be sweeter, perhaps less alcohol, and with a bit more hop bite.
SHIG (4383) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a reddish to mahogany color with a think off white colored head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt. Taste is a bit chewy with loads of malts, some metallic hops, fine chocolate, and dark fruit. Dry finish.
OldGrowth (3142) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
at GABBF 2012. Ok aroma, sweet. dried fruit, fig/date, tobacco, little citrus, on the grapefruit side. Clean oange brown color, small head, no lace. Sweet flavor. Medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Meh, not grabbing me, felt aroma clashed, flavor was dull, just my two cents
Travlr (20350) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber color, thick tan head, solid lacing. Aroma of toasted. Aramel. Taste is boozy butterscotch. Nice.