Blairgus (1753) - California, USA - OCT 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
5 Oct 2012, bottle, 2007 edition. clear, ruby, no bubbles. nose is big, sweet, raisins, and alcohol. full body and lightly syrupy and almost flat. sugary, lots of ovaltine, golden syrup, slightly dark chocolate (like 65% cocao). Amazing!
JanLaursen (2160) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 22 oz, 2009 vintage. Cloudy orange amber with a small off white head. Malty sweet nose with caramel, toffee, alcohol, dried fruits and a whiff of peat. Flavor follows the nose, smooth and bold at once, alcohol is very evident, resulting in a warming finish.
Gription79 (1604) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. Huge malty character. Raisin, fruity alcohol, bready, sweet breads, burnt sugar. Very rich, big beer. Shows signs of oxidization but fully acceptable in this beer.
fata2683 (2167) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle at home, pours hazy brown with reddish hues around the sides of the glass, medium off white head that fades to a thin film that sits the length of the glass. Aroma is lovely, big floral honey, boozy alcohol, caramel malts, maple. Flavor is big and malty with still some nice hops balancing things out, but still more malt forward with nuts and sweet caramel ending with only mild alcohol. Nice!
Steve_0 (1287) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the parentals. Pour is a murky copper color with an off-white head that quickly dissipated. Figs, caramel, brown sugar, dates, and toffee with light grass, although, very sweet and malt forward. Taste is big figs candi sugar, rich toffee, caramel and grapefruit; very sweet, almost on the verge of cloying, yet ending medium bitter. Creamy mouthfeel, though, with medium carbonation. Very sweet, with light hop characteristics and a bit too alcoholic. I was really expecting more of an American style barleywine, but this one was very sweet; a touch too young.
rich916 (84) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Lagunitas: Deep amber with hint of orange, almost no head. Aroma of malt, toffee, chocolate, cherries, dates, some floral hop notes and a touch of pine. Taste very well balanced very nice rich toffee, chocolate, dates, vanilla, citrus hops and pine, Alcohol comes threw also. Thick palate with a very nice lingering sweet, finish.
adamjackson (1230) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at BrewPub
A - Cloudy dark orange to brown appearance.
S - Very sweet and lots of candi sugar. Almost like drinking flat cola
T - Pineapple and bananas. Itís intensely sweet. Too fresh on tap. Some other fruits but hard to pick out.
M - Very heavy body. mellow carbonation.
O - on tap, itís an odd beer. Very fresh barley-wine is not very appealing. Needs some time. Rating it for what it could be with age so giving it slightly higher marks.
JStax (1673) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured on draft into a Belgian style tulip. Pours a mahogany color with a ring of beige foam around the edge of the glass. Aroma was a rich woody, dark fruity, raisiny and nicely malty. Taste is a nice malty sweet. Well balanced. Finish is relatively dry. Pairs well with a hefty cigar.
bosshogg231 (2) - traverse city, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2012 does not count
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Great beer nice flavor not too hoppy good complex flavor hints of pine and citrus and nice warm finish
kathouse (574) - Nevada, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy light brown/red ale with thin layer of foam. Orange and caramel aroma with some hop spice. Good body and carbonation. Dried fruits, caramel and sweet toffee. Finishes sweet and sticky. Alcohol dries the rest out.