fidelis83 (1793) - 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.
rumproasts (2038) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Deep amber with minimal head. A bit syrupy with light carbonation. Strong rye with the booziness you’d expect from the style.
5000 (5981) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Bit of a slightly rough and thin Barley Wine. Not rich or overly malty, nor overly hoppy. Has a bready aspect, rye, some pithy bitterness. Does hide the 10% ABV well. A little rough, witih a very faint cough syrup like sweetness. Could be a little smoother, but its not green or young. Moderate example that could use a little work. Thanks Bob!
FROTHINGSLOSH (4456) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sampled on draft at Rivertowne this beer poured a bright golden color with a small foamy white head that faded and left a bit of lacing. the aroma was cider vinegar, bread, citrus and a bit of Sprite. The flavor was tangy and bready with some vinegar, butter, perfume and pepper. Medium length bread, vinegar and perfume finish. Medium body. Not good.
DuffMan (6073) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Dark mahogany pour with a coppery luster. Aroma is sweet and malty, with vinous traits. Very sweet, sticky palate, lots of caramel and dark fruits, spicy and vinous nuances, but really just very sweet. Glad I had Parksy and Grippits for this one, as there’s no way I could finish this bottle by myself.
MarkSachon (487) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. Everything about this delicious barleywine seems just right. Lots of complexity and darkness along with an extra alcohol boost. You’d be well served to have one of these.
edgallow (1630) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle pours amber with a tan head. Aroma of sweet malts, spice and pine. Taste is spicy , malts and some nice hops.
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mmmbeer (1202) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle served in a shaker- poured a mildly transparent when held to a light source slightly darkened brown with shades of darkened tan and maroon. Extremely thin white ring around the top of the vessel for a head, aroma of caramel, rye, and toffee- with booze all around it. Hits the mouth with a wide body, malt is extremely sweet even for the style, some hops and tannin in the middle, finish is just mildly spicy and hot. Not shabby.
cards04 (1395) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A solid market wine. Sweet and a bit sour smelling. Bubblegum and dark fries. I liked this.
dfinney23 (1368) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear auburn with a thin head that quickly melts away. Caramel, rye bread and fruit aroma. Complex taste includes caramel, chocolate, rye, toast, dark fruit and more.
unclemattie (3994) - Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, 4pk. Deep mahogany, clear pour. No head. Sticky glass, oily pour. Aromatics of fusel, very alcoholic nose, smells of wort. Very strong, it’s a sipper! Peppery tingle on the tongue in the finish. Sticky mouthfeel, very sweet flavor. Sugary flavor, honey-like, but not mead. Tastes like under-fermented wort. Overall, this beer is more of a Dopplebock or even an Eisbock made of rye, than anything else. . It’s just too sweet. Tastes like hopped peppery honey. (3937)