Leighton (10769) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at THE Barley Wine Tasting - East Croydon. Thanks to Kenny for this 2009 vintage bottle. Pours cloudy amber with a faint, creamy foam head. Deep, dark sugary malt nose, some cheese notes. Big sweet flavor with hefty alcohol kick, coffee ice cream, caramel, dates. Big in body with finely carbonated. Hot finish with further coffee ice cream, lots of alcohol, chewy ripe fruits, salt, figs. Loads of alcohol heat here. Nothing special
Mittenator (1284) - Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2012 bottle. Deep brown with some haze and no head. Plum, sugar, caramel and booze. Holy wow. Just amazing. Completely hides the ABV. First 20 overall I've ever given.
JStax (2960) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a darker brown with a beige head of foam. Aroma is bread, chocolate, bourbon, fig, raisin, malt. Tastes very sweet and malty. Really nice stuff overall.
mwbrady12 (469) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tempting aroma and dark pour with a smoother than expected taste and warming mouthfeel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
mathieuc (1248) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2013 Bottle thanks to tom10101 again, someone stop this guy!! Thanks! Pours a clear copper with a low carbonation level hence almost no head. Not really a defect for a barleywine. Aroma is really and rich, with a lot of brown sugar and a little rubbing alcohol. Taste is more of the same but now with toffee, syrup and various sweets notes. As mentionned earlier the carbonation was soft so texture was oily, thick, sticky... quite fun! Overall a really nice BW, bourbon was discrete but this is how we like it!
drowland (5993) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by someone during RBWG-JAX. Thanks! Dark amber brown pour with a small tan head. Rich BA aroma, fudge, coconut, etc. melds well with underlying dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, etc. The flavor shows nice BA intermingling with tasty barleywine, maybe a hint of booze and oxidation. Still tasty!
brystmar (1237) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011. Body is dark brown/black, minimal beads of white head & lace. Boozy, complex aroma showcases the bourbon character amidst sweet malts. Alcoholic, yet age-y and fantastic.
Plenty of bourbon against the barleywine backbone. Tons going on here: caramel sweetness, bready, barrel character, boozy warmth. Arguably the best barleywine I've ever tasted; I actually prefer this over KH. Truly unfortunate that I don't have any more of these :(
2010 is more boozy and leathery, lacks the same magic found in the '11. Need more of the '11 ASAP!
Patrickctenchi (3578) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours still, tea brown....
Aroma is rich wood, and earth, molasses...
Flavour is thickly barley malt, chocolate....baked bread/cake....vanilla.
Very sweet and rich.
Bourbon and accompanying ABV are well masked....the chocolate mutes the bourbon down well..
Very smooth, very good.
queenholly (2919) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2011 courtesy of FlandersNed. Bourbon, wood, and barley malt aroma. Murky chestnut with a minimal head. Syrupy sweet molasses and barley malt flavor - like a molasses cookie. Nice smooth bourbon flavor, without being hyper boozy and overpowering. Full sticky body.
shrubber85 (7554) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Raisin, light chocolate barley malt, and bourbon aroma. Murky brown with no head. Very sweet molasses and barley malt flavor with hint of bourbon. Light bitter herbal finish. Smooth.