Sammy (8581) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle obtained from the brewpub. The best is the look: A big white bubbly head on a brown body. A lot of lace. Mouthfeel is a little light. Not significantly complex. Basically malty and drinkable. Some sugar.But not too sweet overall. Fairly boozy. Not much in aroma.
Kevin (2071) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 21, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
dark garnet body with a thin brown head. sweet syrupy aroma like honey comb cereal. this is caramel candy and plum wine. vinous grape peel, i like sweet but this pushes it. honeysuckle with booze, and honey graham crackers.
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ChainGangGuy (4370) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours an opaque, dark amber body with smallish, tan-colored head.
Smell: Rich toffee and dark caramel sauce with a toasty character and sprinkling of brown sugar and a hint of overall earthiness.
Taste: In an instant the palate is enveloped in an exceptional sweet, pleasing maltiness tasting of caramel and toasted toffee. Delicate fruitiness. Pinch of brown sugar. Sip of fine aged sherry. Hops do their darnedest to balance, but this is ultimately a rather sweet brew. Finishes with a toasty, sugary taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: There is very little else to say. It’s just downright delightful.
Ratman197 (9720) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by beerandblues2 poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar and spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit and light spice with a smooth warming semisweet finish.
unclemattie (4169) - Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Vintage 2008. Medium brown. Big aromas of fruit, sweet sugary malts, candy store, and hints of bourbon. Maybe even some sherry. Flavor has a bit of toasted malts, lots of dark dried fruits. Figs. Lots of oakiness. Sherry flavor notes. a lot more burn and a bit less creaminess than what I like in my BarleyWines.
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a brown 22oz bottle - Pours a dark brown root beer color with almost no head and below average carbonation. Smells of heavy malts with not much hops in the nose. First sip is honey sweet with a slight oxidation note. Carmel and sherry notes are prevalent. Very light bodied. Almost too light bodied. The under carbonation really hurts the mouthfeel. A pretty good English Barley wine.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 Oz bottle purchased at Rozi’s in Lakewood on 10-11-2008. Pour is a nice creamy reddish brown with a thin cream head. Aroma is sweet berries and a hint of caramel malt and alcohol. Flavor starts off crisp with some mild citrus flavors than smooths into a bourbony sweetness. A very rich blending of dark wood and rich fruity-creamy sweetness. This is one fantastic brew. Very smooth and refined, not over the top, and an excellent offering.
JaBier (4854) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from 22oz bottle at the Brewkeeper tasting at Blacklick Wine and Spirits on 10/9/08. Pours a medium brown with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma is what you would expect from a b-wine with malty sweetness and alcohol, but there was something else I couldn’t figure out...so I cheated and asked the brewer Mark what it could be I was smelling. He suggested maybe dark fruit. Bingo. He said people have suggested a smell of plum or prune juice, but I’m getting more of a black cherry here. Flavor is yeasty and sweet, with some caramel/toffee character. The alcohol presence is perfect in this one. It’s there and it’s big, but it isn’t overpowering to the point it takes away from the other flavors. Good stuff!
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, from LeopoldStotch. Nice dark amber color. Flavor is caramel, Brown Sugar, dark fruits and some light hops on the end. Lots of alcohol burn, but other than that, it’s pretty decent.
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark red/brown with light brown head. Aroma of raisins, dark fruit. Flavor is dark fruit, caramel and toffee malts with mild alcohol sting on the back end. Overall a very good barleywine.