tia (849) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Legend. Dark brown witcreamy mocha head. Dissipates. Smells like buttered rum. Sweet but followed by a hop stop. Boozy. (Tasting note- the Tabasco from dinner is still hanging around so I may not have the clearest palate.)
freekyp (1460) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Legend’s barleywine is a massive affair, pouring a murky dark mahogany, the huge alcohol content supports a small fizzy head for only a fleeting moment. Aroma is complex and rife with whiskey, raisins, coffee, prunes, and dark cherry. Hot with alcohol and quite bitter, the hops still don’t have the umpf to cut the huge amount of sweet malt here.
laiti (4804) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2011 Draught @ Bakushu Club Popeye, Tokyo. 14,5% version (2011?), rated on 05.09.2011
Mahogany colour, no head. Aroma has sweet caramel, some oaky notes. Actually rather close to Utopias but less alcohol and more sweetness. Flavour has also some alcohol. It is rather woody with oak and some vanilla‐like cognac notes. Acrid finish, rather weird stuff but still good in some way.
Ibrew2or3 (6450) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of ksurkin pours deep clear gold with off white head. The aroma is pears, apples, wheated malts and some boozy heat at the end of the draw. The taste has a mead like sensation along with sweet malts, apples, pears, floral hops and booze. Pretty interesting barleywine for sure.
markwise (4177) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for this one, the barley wine man! Pours a caramel color with a tiny white head. Nose is honey, caramel, toffee, booze, and some fruity notes that quick burn off and turn to booze. Flavor is similar and very boozy. I think this one will still be hot in about 5-10 years.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub on 11/07/2010. Clear caramel amber body with a small white head. Sweet fruit (grape) and caramel aroma. Sweet grape falvor with light caramel and some floral hops. Full body with moderate carbonation.
Velkyal (275) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a rich amber with a light tan head and little lacing down the glass. The nose is dominated by sweet caramel malts. Taste is dollops of toffee, a touch of hot alcohol, some caramelised oranges in there as well. Generally very pleasant, though the hangover after polishing off a growler of this stuff was a bitch.
unclemike (2152) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
little to no head. Aroma is of tropical fruits cascade hops and booze. Has a grapefruit citrus hops taste. Complex caramel malt with notes of lemon, spiced rum. Flat carbonation, slick texture and medium to full body
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 11/7/2010 Source:Legend Brewery) Richmond Beerhistoric Tour. Legend 2010 Barleywine. Grape notes with a slight sourness in the aroma with spicy yeast character and caramelized sugars. Very clear golden with ring of white head. Flavor follows aroma with a medium finish that dries quickly and a bit of warming.
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy, light orange, with a very small, off-white head. A very fruity aroma, with notes of alcohol, malt, and caramel. Feels very smooth with subtle malt notes, and fruit, a mild alcohol slips in there, followed by a bit of warming. Very well put together, I might have to age one!