Brewmaster (168) - USA - NOV 8, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber with medium lasting head. Quite smooth easy drinking and warming. Would probably make a great intro to the style.
Sammy (8032) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Bierkraft. Decent barleywine, Understated hops. On the sweet side really, A sipper.
wlajwl (3483) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is malts, very light DIPA-like pine and grains. The flavor is pale malts, fruit, mild peat notes and a thick and mildly alcoholic finish.
bubblehouse (198) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Really nice aroma and smooth taste. The oak really comes through. Lingers just a little to long in the mouth. Good
djd07 (2779) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Hay Merchant. Pours a clear orange good with decent white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is oak and candy sugar. Light malt and sweet hop. Good.
OldMrCrow (1699) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 bottling sampled 2013.
The first of my two bottles, this pours golden with a decent head into a small Samichlaus snifter. Toffee and aged hops -- but less cheesy than would be the case with an overhopped American style barleywine -- dominate the aroma. Flavor is quite nice, the oak well-integrated (I was fearing over-the-top oak chips a la oak arrogant bastard, and that is definitely NOT what one gets here), relatively-low-for-a-barleywine abv well hidden on the tongue. Roughly the right degree of bitter metallic hops on the late finish.
I had basically zero hopes for this one, and relative to that I’m not only favorably impressed, I’m quite favorably impressed. This has aged very nicely.
ReggieDunlap (2898) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003 Bottle...pours a murky amber/caramel with a thin off white head. Aroma has light perfumey fruit and a touch of cardboard. Flavor has candied fruit, caramel, and cardboard. Mouthfeel is medium and watery with an earthy/candied fruit finish.
ThirstyBird (1011) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottle. Pours hazy golden brown with thin head. Smell is a rich big nose...caramel and prunes. Taste is some mild hop bite with caramel and some fruit structure. Dry oaky finish. Full body with nice mellow carbonation. Nice brew with 4 years on it.
Butters (3665) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Finally! one of my long searches came to an end when I sampled this at Raleigh Rare and Vintage 2013. Clear golden pour with a fair layer of near clear head. Lightly fruity aroma with some honey notes. Sweet and semi-syrupy. woody tannens and a bit boozy, but deceptively mellow and smooth. Definitely oxidized. Guess 10 years of sitting around can do that. Not as good as I was hoping for, but now I can finally tick it off the bucketlist!
Imaena (1691) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. This is a decent barley wine that just missed the marking in cracking the top tier of the style.
TURDFERGUSON (3878) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle, rrbf. One of the few true vintage beers at the fest. I poured some for peeps for about 10 mins before Mary Eliza came by and regulated. haha. Definitely tastes like a nicely aged barley wine. Turns more English as it ages, losing its bitter hops and a gaining more brown sugar, dark fruit, and vanilla type flavors. Only lightly oxidized, thankfully. A little thin on the palate, but solid.