boFNjackson (3573) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured amber with an off-white head. A little oxidized with a tea leaf quality that was well welcomed and some dark malt sweet tones.
Brigadier (2230) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle
This was a disappointment even though I set the bar low after a number of experiences with Mad Brewer. It is no shock to learn that they closed over the summer. While any brewery closing is not good news in this case the market was just too crowded to support a subpar product. Maybe they can reopen in the future after some quality control.
Aroma / Appearance - Chewy brown and fluid the body has a hefty presence. Dusty cherry pie blends with the smell of a rare bookshop to form a musty hoppy profile. This seems to have mellowed since I picked it up two years ago.
Flavor / Palate - Cherry pie filling sweetens the throat like a gourmet candy bar. Thereís little depth to back it up despite some hoppiness that kicks back. It has shadows of promise but this bottle at least falls short of what I expect in a barleywine. This is probably going to be the last beer I pick up from Mad Brewer as I am almost certain the rest on the shelves will have fared much worse.
SphinxTX (2846) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Pours a deep, dark murky amber with beige head. Aroma is very malty with notes of brown sugar and honey. Flavor is very much the same with notes of licorice, some spiciness and dark fruit. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, very tasty!
bu11zeye (11111) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle, 2008 vintage) Pours a murky amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of cherry, toffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and raisins. Flavor of caramel malt, cherry, toffee, orange, dates, and chocolate.
thirdeye11 (4978) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye brewed in 2008) cloudy deep ruby with medium tan head with tight bubbles. Nose of brown sugar, cream, alcohol and vanilla. Taste of alcohol, brown sugar, caramel, raisins. Finish is creamy, TONS of flavor, and there is almost NO HINT of 11% alcohol at all. This beer is superb, and quite possibly the best barleywine I have ever had. Awesome!
Mora2000 (4042) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours red-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is caramel, dark fruit and earthy hops. The flavors include caramel, sweet toffee, dirt, low alcohol, brown sugar and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good American Barleywine
BMan1113VR (7377) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a hazed amber-orange body and a fading tan head. Aroma of alcohol, brown sugar and dark fruits. Taste is caramelized pineapple, dark fruits, caramel, brandy. Syrupy mouthfeel with prickly carbonation.
blutt59 (5652) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, pecan shell brown pour with thin foam, buttery caramel aroma, flavors of caramel, vanilla, cashew, pine, well balanced
JCB (3795) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to durhambeer for sharing this beer that he didnít get to try! Like David sez, this is probably the best MB available. Itís a solid barleywine. Dark russet pour with a moderate carbonation. Sprighlty fruit notes in the nose along with understated sweet malts. Prickly mouthfeel, a semi-bitter finish that I dug, kinda earthy.
ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally a beer from MB that I enjoyed. Hazy amber pour with a thin off white head. Aroma is boozy with hints of caramel. Flavor is toffee, caramel, floral and earthy notes. Finish is a little warm