Drjohnrock (431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Twelve ounce bottle received from Tmoney99 (thanks, Tom!) at ’Natifest ’08, tasted on February 9, 2013--yes, it’s been sitting in the back of my fridge all this time. Medium amber hue, strong sweet aroma with fruit and licorice notes, small tan head, smooth but assertive complex bittersweet flavor with fruity elements, somewhat bitter finish--the ABV certainly makes its presence known. This beer certainly held up well.
Salmoniform (657) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle to glass 2012. Copper hue with off white head that dissipated to a ring with yeast sediment in the bottle. Aroma is malt centric with essences of caramel, floral, butter, roast, earthy. Mouthfeel is great with medium body and good carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with a bitterness following and a slight sharpness in the finish. Overall, this is a decent barleywine that I enjoyed. Not quite as malty as an English but not as hoppy as an American...kind of in the middle and nice.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vintage 2008, 9.1%ABV
A: Pours a dark, murky chestnut ale. Single finger head of vanilla foam dissipates in a few minutes to a moderate sheet of the same. Spotty lacing.
S: toffee, caramel, good sweet malts. Slight hints of piney hops continue to live in this beer which is a surprise. The beer has a slight oxidized nose, which provides good balance actually. Slight hint of cinnamon.
T: Graham, brown sugar, toffee, raisins. Although nice, quite one dimensional. Fair amount of bitterness at the back end. ABV well hidden, but still detectable.
M: Medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation apply well here. Sticky and chewy.
D: Very drinkable beer. Not the best, but good. Have a few bottles still and will hold onto them and send out as extras.
Serving type: bottle
Westchesterco (953) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from s bottle it is a dark brown with a flight head. The atoms is of dried sweet fruit and dome boozey overtones. The taste is sweet boozey flavor that lingers bitter on the palate
Iphonephan (3272) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a deep coal brown with a thick tan head. Caramel nose. Flavors of caramel, butterscotch, raisins and licorice with some grassy hop notes.. Medium full bodied, moderate carbonation, bitter finish.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown/black with no head. Aroma of alcohol, dark malts, spices. Big, chewy mouthfeel. Flavors of dates, dark fruit, molasses, oranges, and licorice. Very rich flavors, with a fairly sweet overall flavor.
TheGB (510) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with little carbonation. Light aroma of malt and vanilla. Quite tasty with sweet malt and kinda light hops for a barleywine.
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rbrazell (1656) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Market Square. Deep chestnut pour with ruby highlights and a small white head. Raisin and cherry aroma with caramel malts, brown sugar, almonds and peanuts. Sweet smooth flavor with the above mentioned flavors. Medium thickish body that's not cloying and has warm alcohol. Not too shabby
beerbastard (690) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, pours dark reddish brown. Some fruit and malts in the nose. Malt flavors mixed with caramels, followed by well blended hops in the background. overall, quite smooth with a lot of burn from the alcohol in the finish. Nothing outstanding.
Nocturne (786) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle. Pours a hazy orangey brown. Half a finger of head that recedes to a ring. Nose is very hoppy, red fruit sticky. Nice caramel, butterscotch taste. Pretty good I have to say, the taste isn’t too heavy on the hops and it’s nicely balanced.