jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at a friends house. From notes. Loads of caramel, toffee, oak and citrus.
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate fruit, lighter smoke, caramel, brown sugar, and light oak. It pours a mostly transparent fiery amber with a decent amount of suspended sediment. It has a one finger khaki head that quickly fades to a soapy film. There is some sporadic webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with starts with moderate caramel, brown sugar, and fruit. The finish has light-moderate smoke, grapefruit/citrus hops, and light oak. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, it’s not bad in a small dose, but a full bomber quickly wore on me. Calling it a smoked Barley Wine would probably be more appropriate.
Ron (3549) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark honey brown with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of sweet grains with a hint of smoke and a backing oaky note. Flavor starts full of sweet grains and caramel with some backing oak and a hint of smoke.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Tap] Draught at a recent Left Hand tap takeover. Unsure of the vintage of this beer, as it was not listed. Pours a deep garnet color with a large cap of beige foam on top. Sweet caramel, oak wood and dusty hop aroma. Light alcohol in the nose. Moderate levels of bitterness. Taste includes sweet molasses, brown sugar, honey and dough. Faint dark fruits. Sweet and borderline cloying finish. Sticky mouthfeel. Just OK.
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 vintage. 650 ml bottle poured into snifter. Beautiful clear orange with a smidgeon of silky off-white head. Very little head retention or lacing and very light carbonation. Earthy aromas of caramel, grass, corn, dried apricot and alcohol. Flavor is sweet cereal up front transitioning into the woody and smoke characteristics with a lingering bitter finish and some alcohol warmth. This was solid, but nothing about it really grabbed me. In all fairness, I could’ve let it age.
duganc (27) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 vintage. A relatively hoppy American BW. I like the smokey oak and coating malt character. Spent over an hour on a bomber bottle from 53deg to room temp. Alcohol builds with temp, but never overpowers. Pours with little to no head, clear. I like : )
NikkTwist (2660) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Tulip. Nearly clear orange copper pour with a large frothy marshmallow white head. Feels like a reduced English bitter married with an unexpectedly smokey hop bomb. Smoked maple syrup. Dark blonde tannins. Golden raisins. Burnt Challah. Elephant ear mushrooms. Blood orange peels. Lots of earthy, spicy pine. Big and boozy. Nicely complicated.
Thebullshornbar (74) - Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer starts in England and ends with an American finish. In the nose, peat overwhelms the senses with dried fruits and burnt sugar lingering behind. The palate is similar with flavors akin to that of an English barley wine, only with overtones of peat. It finishes abruptly with a sharp drying bitterness. Overall this beer has allot of bold flavors but just doesn’t seem to harmonize maybe some age would help.
S_Side_Smitty (702) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear copper with a thin white head. Aroma is molasses and sweetfeed for cattle with a little oak barrel. Taste is grains and oak with a slight sweetness. A very clean tasting barle wine. Not bad.
shrubber85 (10524) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Orange, raisin, and caramel malt aroma. Cloudy amber with small head. Woody orange/raisin, caramel malt and moderately bitter herbal/alcohol flavor. Light body for a barley wine.