arminjewell (4205) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of bottle, dark brownish red pour with thin to no head, aroma has notes of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, hints of biscuit, berry, hints of vanilla, touch of sweet caramel. Taste is a nice mix of vanilla, dark chocolate, hints of booze, finishing fairly sweet, lots of oak and vanilla. Nicely done.
Ratman197 (7761) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2010 vintage poured a clear reddish amber with a lingering ring of amber head. Aromas of plums, dates, carmel, toffee and light tobacco. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a warming finish. Flavors of carmel, toffee, plum and raisin with a crisp warming lingering fruity finish.
Keir (118) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
@ brewery. Clear, dark amber with little head. Nose of alcohol with a slight fruitiness. Tastes fruity, a bit sour, a peppery bite, and alcohol burn. Creamy feel. 04/22/10
PhillyCraft (2119) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle, my bottle said 15.5% alcohol. Shared with a bunch of friends at Bill/Franks "end of the world" tasting. One of the top big beers of the night next to the ’05 Darklord and ’05 Gratitude. Red-brown pour, slightly clearish accompanied by very thin head. Aroma and taste of dark cherry, caramel malt, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee. I thought it was boozey but others said it was tamed for the amount. Guess I am not used to drinking stuff this heavy on a regular basis. Really nice barleywine though.
TheGuy (652) - Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 15.5 ABV pours clear mahogany with no head aromas are of bourbon and dark fruits,taste are of bourbon dark fruits vanilla and oak overalls not a bad barleywine have had better even from Kuhnhenn but I don’t understand the low score by style any Kuhnhenn barleywine is better than the best by other brewer’s, I’m lost for words shame on you
Steve_0 (1395) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home shared with friends courtesy of Armin. Thanks Man!! Poured a light brown with an amber tint and little-to-no head. Smell is big raisin, bourbon, prune, vanilla, wood, and grass. Taste is very alcoholic, prunes, raisins, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and whiskey. Mouthfeel is very thin with almost no carbonation. Almost like an aged glass of whiskey and somewhat difficult to take down. Not bad, but you definitely need to share this one.
adnielsen (6550) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Stephen’s house, courtesy of Armin. Thank you! Cloudy brown appearance with a tiny cream head. Caramel, bourbon, vanilla, woody, burnt, slightly harsh, boozy aroma. Huge fruity, toffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla, super boozy flavor. Over the top for me but it does have a nice flavor.
dcschiller (2033) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz bottle from Rayl101!. 15.5% abv). Pours a dark mahogany color with a thin off-white head that rings the rim of the glass. Aroma is dried fruit, candied sugar, caramel, some vanilla. Taste is sweet with the lager yeast definitely giving this barleywine a different profile. Lots of dried fruit flavors here. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. Smooth and sweet. This is pretty good stuff and the abv is hidden quite well.
Theis (11352) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (Vintage: 2010 - ABV: 15,5) at home - shared with Mette. Cloudy red/brown - offwhite head. Barley. Dried fruity. Nutty. Oxidation. Green vaalnuts. Fruity. Bourbon. Light boozy. Ok hoppy. Citrus. Light sharpness. Sweetness. Honey notes. Fullbodied. Nice.
emacgee (3506) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an extremely rich and clean burnt copper with wisps of sandstone tan head. Very rich and dense nose, lots of dark fruit and spice. Dessertish with a port-like quality, notes of prune and other dried fruit, sweet bread, alcohol helps carry those aromatics out. Flavor lacks some of the complexities of the nose. Definitely rich with a heavy showing of dark fruits, prune and raisin. About as much heat as expected at 15.5%. Full round body and coating palate.