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!
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark orange, very cloudy and very little head on this one. Aroma is heavy on honey and very syrup-like. Taste is heavy on honey and sweet beerry-like jam. The hops come through quite a bit on the aftertaste after the sweetness mellows out. The dark fruit like plums and raisins are also quite prevalent. This beer is certainly enjoyable, though it’s not overly complex. Could definitely be aged for a good bit.
TheGB (578) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber with little head. Has a light aroma, maybe some molasses and malt. Taste is pretty medium bodied with molasses, hops, figs and sweet fruit. Not that much good flavor, it’s pretty abrasive, although given it’s >15 % ABV it hides it reasonably well.
jcwattsrugger (12010) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap CAH-light tan head and murky amber. Aroma is fruit-raisin/apple, sweet medium malt. Taste follows with an alcohol warming and some abrasiveness/bite.
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a hazy dark reddish amber color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention around the edges but it eventually fades to nothing and leaves little lacing. Very fruity aroma with notes of berries, plums, green apple and pear, as well as some toffee, sugar notes and a bit of booze. The taste is big, huge malty notes, brown sugar, toffee, pear, apple, berries and some booze. Some faint chocolate sneaks in there eventually. Full bodied. Pretty hot beer and one that could probably benefit from some aging.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, 2009. Cloudy brown with lacy froth; clearing to garnet. Nose is caramel, grass and wood with hints of orange peel and cherry. Medium body with a crisp but mellow buzz. Taste is caramel and bitter citrus. Simple and smooth with great depth of flavor.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 vintage. Caramel malts on the nose with floral notes. Pours caramel amber with a thin white head that dissipates. Sweet caramel with apple notes very malty with some spices and strong alcohol notes.
Travlr (20242) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Murky chestnut color, small off white head that disappears quickly leaving no lacing. Aroma of caramel. Taste has alcohol up front, lots of summer fruit, sweet like sangria. Good body. Interesting.
Beerman6686 (6108) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a murky brown color with basically no head at all. Aroma was dark fruits, lots of caramel and toffee, and some piney hops in their too with some alcohol. Flavor was nice smooth caramel malts, some plum flavors and a nice hoppy bitter finish. This really is atwo sided beer, if really cold it is dangerously drinkable, but when it warms the alcohol really shows and its tough to swallow.