fidelis83 (2224) - 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.
Cybercat (4290) - Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear, slightly reddish cola-brown with a fairly thick but effervescent buff head. Aroma has caramel, molasses and roast rye tones. Flavor is rather wine-like, fruity and a little sweet, but caramel and molasses undertones and bit of evergreen hop bitterness remind you this is a beer. Smooth mouthfeel has decent body if not a lot of fizz. Worth seeking.
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2015
1.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle @ home, found at the back of my parentís fridge. Dark brown appearance with a fluffy brown head. CIB-style, olive, green tomato, twangy, boozy nose. It smells fucken bad. Rich, goopy, and thick mouth feel. Very sweet, tart fruity, caramel, tannic flavor. More veggies in the mouth. Thick and boozy. Maybe this one has gone downhill. I certainly didnít intend to keep it for a couple of years but Iíd think itíd be fine for the style and being refrigerated the whole time. Itís nasty now, though.
BeerRenter76 (426) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big Eddy Ryewine Ale has a thin beige head, a semi-hazy, reddish-brown body and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich bread,sherry, sweetness, caramel. Flavor is about the same, some alcohol, and toffee, not as sweet as the nose lets on. Mouthfeel is medium and a slight touch of stickiness it finishes semi-dry. Overall it pretty nice, and it seems to get mellower as i drink.
CanIHave4Beers (3679) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bootle, courtesy of myself, poured @ dining room table, just now.
Pours a deep reddish brown with a very small and very well retained head that leaves some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is fairly sweet and a little boozy, Itís got rich toffee & some cooked fruit going on.
The flavor is actually really cohesive, itís sweet & has nice notes of cherry mild hop and alcohol spiciness, with a warming boozy presence that doesnít come across as harsh at all. The bitterness is low but lingers in the background & there is a nice bit of rich toffee and caramel.
Well put together, good beer.
AndresTM (402) - Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The nose is mellow, but colorful, with dark fruits, prunes, figs, strawberries, toffee, and dark malts. Not as spicy as the rye would have you think. The mouthfeel is medium, with moderate carbonation and medium viscosity. The taste is bitter and slightly sweet; fruity, malty flavors at the top, with an increasingly assertive presence of ethanol that leads to a relatively sudden, dull, grainy, boozy finish. The first impression is a great one, but it starts to fall apart mid-glass as the alcohol comes to define the gustatory experience. I really enjoyed the aroma, though.
alobar (3224) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chestnut brown pour with aroma of rye, raisins, and spice. Raisin and toffee flavor with rye and hint of spice. Very nice beer.
merc7186 (2715) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Sweet Bread, Rye, Mild Raisins
Appearance: Brownish/Reddish Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, Mild Lacing
Taste: Sweet Bread, Raisins, Mild Rye Spice, Mild Rock Candy
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet
tmoreau (3150) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to snifters, showing a brownish copper color, with a modest layer of off white head foam, and spots & streaks of lacing. The nose was candy sweetness, slight tartness, esters as dried fruit, some pit variety, and dark cherry, with some spice & vanilla. Medium bodied, with a bit of syrup to the texture, carbonation was soft, and most of the alcohol fanfare was hidden by the candy. A fairly tasty Barleywine, though.
MaltOne (288) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark, nearly opaque, chestnut brown. Brief light tan head. Faint aroma of dried fruits. Flavor starts dry rye, morphs quickly to a sweeter, fruitier place, with a deep, rich fruitcake background, dried plums. Itís more deep and rich than sweet. It develops over time. Intriguing.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2014 12oz. bottle, 2013 vintage. Aroma of sweet, caramel malt, some spicy rye and dried fruit here as well as notes of cherry, faint madeira and vanilla. Mostly clear dark rusty brown in color with a very fine, slight head. Flavor profile is richly sweet and sugary with suggestions of brown sugar, dates, faint berry and jam, and finishing with a touch of alcoholic warmth. Relatively low in effervescence with a full, slightly syrupy feel and plenty of body, as anticipated. Earlier bottles had a tad more hop bitterness which I think has aged out to an extent, and I did prefer it fresher, for the record (this has been factored into the rating accordingly).