NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Kan, I think. Thanks! Pours a deep brown, ruddy near read with a thin tan head. Nose is really cool. Moderate plums and acid, rich caramel and low roast notes. On tasting, cocoa and coconut, tart fruit, pineapple and plums. Moderate tart notes that somehow work. Not overly sweet or bitter. Very warming with good barrel presence. Really nice beer and shocked that it worked.
Hair6a11 (1226) - Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch #011, Bottle 211 : Poured into Lost Abbey stemware ; I really had to coax the head out of this one, and even then I found it modest. Its a deep golden brown with a modest, fine bubbled off white head, with some light lacing present. It rings and hazes the glass fairly quickly. The nose lends itself to a deep fruit presence. I sense tropicals, the nectarines are present in abundance, and it moves to the barrel treatment and malt notes. The nose is the highlight here, quite. The flavor profile reveals earthen tones, with robust sweet elements that fuse with the fruitiness present here. It’s a little hot, and there is a bit of booze near the finish; Listed as 12.85%, the bottle says 8.0%. I don’t get the discrepancy - but I assume 12.85% is it. Anyway - this one lingers on the tongue, reminding that its a Barleywine. Its not altogether unpleasant. Anyway - an interesting concept, a unique experience, and a brew that doesn’t altogether come together perfectly.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared by pantanap. Thanks, Kan! Was just gonna put out an ISO for this! Pours rich deeply hazed brownish pour, frothy loose whitish head dies to ring, laces ok. Deeper hues in the middle, mellow carbonation. Aromas show nectartine, caramel, and toffee. A touch of toastiness, oak, and vanilla. Some barrel presence, toffee, and toast. Some nectarine fruit, mellow funk and brett. A touch sweet, touch of oxidation. A bit sticky. Initial medium bodied, a bit more full with a touch of red fruit, gentle nectarine, sticky caramel and toffee. Touches of spice, some dry deadened hops. Some touches of oak, vanilla, and a gentle growing stickiness. Vanilla, a bit of toffee into the middle. Some orangesn gentle nectarine, gentle carmelized and sticky feel. Some gentle brett, softens a bit of the blow and kills some of what of been sweeter. Some tartness, gentle nectarine acidity. Gentle brett, oak, vanilla. A bit of stickiness, carmelized, touch of brett, funk, sticky elements linger on. A touch of that nectarine, orange, and and sweeter malts, a bit deadened by the brett. Some decent toast, carmelized and sweet elements trail on. Mellow brett. Solid. A bit odd for these warmer months but a really nice flow here for a Barleywine, a bit of a more complex brett touch. Honor to try.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml. Courtesy of TF... Pours a dark murky odd looking lemon caramel... Bretty boozy phenolic dark fruits and softer fruit tones. Touch of pale fruitiness ... Flavors are deep toffee and sweet cognac, boozy and touch missing on the nectarine. Brett has lightened the body up giving it some light fluffiness compared to the original barleywine base. A bit medicinal with the added fruit. Not my cup of tea but maybe it’s the heat.
drewbeerme (3806) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours auburn with off white head. Aroma caramelly, cherries, nutty, Flavors of caramel, fruit, tannic, some cocoa, good balance of fruit, caramel, and oxidation.
Jesterdeal (1465) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is sweet sugars with apricot and caramel. Pours blonde with a nice big foamy head. Taste is crazy hot with peach, honey and booze. Palette is way too hot for what little taste it brings. I am unfortunately very unimpressed.
eachnotesecure (57) - Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at a tasting today. Pour looks like a barleywine, smells like a barleywine but it tastes like a barleywine with orange peel. Of course that is the nectarine flavors coming out. I didn’t think I’d care for a b-wine with nectarines but this is pretty great.
alexsdad06 (3799) - Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample. Pours a slightly hazy amber brown with a small off white head. The aroma has sweet caramel, brown sugar, plum, grapes, citrus and barrel notes. The flavor is more sweet caramel, brown sugar, fruity, raisins, plums, citrus, boozy, barrel with a light Brett influence.
Godofthecellar (480) - NYC, New York, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an amber color with off shite head, smell of fresh plum, grapes and brett. Taste was a nice blend of barrel, wood, dark stone fruit and very mild brett., smooth on the palate and not overly boozy for the abv
Marheb (1506) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Critique chaotique du extreme beer fest 2013): Jus de carambole, bonbon à la tire, extraodinairement différente d’une gorgée à l’autre...malheureusement ça s’arrête à trois.