umich03jm (1579) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 keg served at 2013 Winter Solstice. I think it was labeled at 14.7% on the board. Pours a murky brown with a thin head that lingers a bit. Aroma is pretty awesome, caramel, dark bread, cherries, citrus, toffee, and very light chocolate. Taste brings out some sweet caramel apples, lots of toffee and brown sugar, and cherries. Light chocolate in the slight boozy finish. Very smooth for the high abv. Thick and chewy mouthfeel. The BB version is better but this is still great.
tectactoe (1169) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Tap / 2011 / ~2 years old] deep brown & copper body, essentially opaque with a light-tan film stretched thinly across the top. Aroma has notes of sticky caramel, toffee, baked bread, light figs, cocoa dust, & some very mild brown sugar. Taste is sweet, as expected, following through with more caramel, toffee, prunes, toasted bread, faint apple notes, & sticky brown sugar. Definitely a notable hoppiness on the palate that wasnít perceived on the nose (especially for being two years old); grassy hops with a slight dirty/earthy aspect to them. Aftertaste of sticky sweet toffee. Missing some of the complexity of Kuhnhennís barrel aged barleywine, but this is still a very fine example of the style, albeit a little generic.
crossovert (6355) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Candied citrus nose. Toffee. Like the barrel aged version better. 2011 vintage.
koleminer20 (429) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice. Vintage 2011. The pour is a beautiful off red. Itís got hints of orange and some darker parts to it work a bright off white head that leaves a spotty lace on the glass. The aroma carries a nice complex fruitiness, thatís masked by a good caramel note and a sound maltiness. The flavor carries through the same motion but the booziness in the taste warms all the way down the throat. Itís a very good barleywine. The mouth feel is very solid, and the flavors linger beautifully ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 12, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle, 2010 vintage. Rating #48. Clear dark copper pour with a beige head. Mild toffee aroma, a little sweet with some caramel as well. Bitter and a little sour, more caramel and a touch of sweetness, but just that hint of sour is kind of a turn off. (2809)
madmitch76 (13360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
13th June 2011
Slightly hazy red - brown beer. Short lived white head. Semi dry palate. Rich malt but itís not creamy. Some fruity Port Wine character with a little marmite and molasses. Finishes dry with a little fruit. Not what I was expecting at all! Hides the alcohol well.
Sikash (230) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice amber color with minimal head into tasting glass. Minimal but nice aroma of malt and dark fruit. Flavor is super sweet with notes of dark fruit, malt, caramel, toffee with a distinct bourbon flavor. Mouthfeel is full with below average carbonation. Overall a delicious beer.
Huhzubendah (2262) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.
The beer is dark orange with a small head. The aroma offers malt, spices, fruit, booze. The flavor brings a healthy amount of fruit, booze, malt, sweetness. Good stuff. A bit boozy, light, and fruity. Apples / apple cider in the flavor. Best in small quantities.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-19-2011
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 Vintage. Pours apple cider medium coloured body, no head. Slightly sweet aroma.Above average mouthfeel, a sipper and spot on the style.Bottle from FlandersNed.
Jayseppi (114) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coppery/dark orange colour with dried fruit and praline aromas. Sweet carmalized flavour and very smooth with a slighly oily mouth feel.