MarinEvelyn (704) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich malt, some sweetness, hops. A tad bit of spice, dark fruit. Decently full body, creamy, malt, a little alcohol. Fairly strong taste, but very nice balance. Pretty good.
beerbaaron (1780) - Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark ruby reddish. Small off-white head, partially lasting. Deep aroma; rich malty, dark fruit, hops to balance, a layer of spiciness/rye. Full body, little oily, little creamy, some booze but not too much. Decent balance overall, smooth in spots and not in others. Sweet, malty, dark red fruity, hops and fair bitterness.
Beerenberger (1577) - Fischer, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
The very first thing I thought of when I smelled this beer was maple sugar candy. No maple here, but it came to mind initially. A second attempt produced dark grains, dark fruit - raisins, plums, prunes, and a sugary sweetness. A translucent deep plum pour with rapidly dissipating white head and no lacing. Really quit beautiful in a snifter. The taste is pleasingly sweeet. Rich sweet dark fruit, malts, Belgian sugar all up front, followed by grain, and culminating in a spicy, slightly bitter finish. Nice. Full body with soft carbonation. Round mouthfeel - coats the tongue. Overall, while moderately sweet, this will be a exceptional winter night sipper. It is also one I plan to "age". It should only improve with time.
portableparty (2169) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a cola color with a quick tight off white head that fades to a collar. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and spicy rye with some bread and warming scents. Taste has more spicy rye booze and caramel malts and bitters. Palate is full slick sticky crisp and finishes warming. Pretty nice!
Guerde (1233) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) Pours a clear dark red color with a very thin, almost non-existent light tan head and splotchy lacing. A little bit of a sheen on the beer. Aroma is potent and enjoyable, with scents of candied cherries, caramels, ham glaze, cherry popsicle stick, Flavor holds plenty of sweet candied cherry (hard candy), booze, spice, plum, perhaps toffee, and a lingering rye kick with some hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is full, carb is fine, and the booze never reaches the level of stinging. Overall a solid barleywine that I imagine would age fairly well.
Chudwick (2508) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle - pours dark ruby/amber with ivory/khaki head and decent lacing. Nose is rye and caramel. Sip introduces spices (more a like vegetable/spice/herb style) and vague fruitiness. very sweet. Not the body I come to expect from a barleywine. ABV is well hidden. Generally maltiness with a spice kick. I got what I expected.
FriendOfBeer (98) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep leather red. Tastes like red wine, raisins, bitter aftertaste. Not very balance. Overall nothing striking.
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fidelis83 (2213) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear chestnut pour with a thin, yellow cake colored head. Smells like toffee nuts and dark fruits simmering in port, sweet rum, burnt sugar, flaky dessert crust, herbal hops and some earthy, spicy, chocolatey grain. Flavor is big with sweet toffee nuts, dark caramel, lots of rum and date and fig laden dark fruit, roasted red apple, toasted maple, herbal hops, toasted marshmallow, enough booziness to keep it warm and tingly and sweet, earthy almost musty grain. Medium to heavy, syrupy body with a light, sharp carbonation. Really good. Nice and complex, interesting Barley Wine. It seems like it will be pretty great on an upcoming crisp autumn night with a nice cigar.
arminjewell (8759) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark reddish brown pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of big red fruits, dark fruits, hints of oak, rye, slight dark caramel and toffee notes, slight grass, spice. Taste is a mix of sweet red and dark fruits, hints of oak, slight rye, spice notes into some caramel, slight molasses and hints of booze. Pretty tasty.
islay (1624) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 8-25-13. Sweet aroma features caramel, milk chocolate, and cherry vanilla scents. A bit of citrus tartness but mostly creamy sweetness in the smell. Quite pleasant aroma. Pours reddish brown. Highly effervescent. Small to moderate amount of dark taupe head. Nice look. Boozy, sweet, tart, umami flavor features caramel, lemon, rhubarb, barbecue sauce, and a bit of pepper elements. Dry, hot aftertaste. Heat in the back of the throat. Full body. Fizzy and frothy in the palate. There was a couple months of aging on this bottle. I expected more spiciness, and I would not have guessed it was a rye-based beer. That’s unfortunate, but I still enjoyed the beer.