benpickens (444) - Camarillo, California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours opaque brown with a frail head that arises only after a vigorous pour; rum fruitcake on the nose; sweet viscous palate and oily bitter finish. Good barley wine.
slowrunner77 (7264) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a few years ago i had my friends do a blind tasting of a year old, and a new release old stock. they all picked the year old. that year’s john barleycorn, fresh, was mature like the year old old stock, but my friends, once they knew what it was, wou;dn’t give it the nod. old stock has gotten even better, with JB (maybe) at best standing pat, but i still think it’s good, and it’s nice to not have to drop $6-10 on a single 22 oz bottle."
gam (3641) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
small beige head dark brown pour mild carbonation aromas caramel toffee citrus pine syrup apricot flavours alcohol brandy like apricot citrus grapefruit medium bitter toffee grain smoothness resin packs a punch in taste the finish best tastes malt alcohol bitter hop crispness wonderful stuff
zoucrew102 (904) - - JUN 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Sweet caramel malt aroma with notes of dark fruit and toffee. Pours dark caramel colored with a thin light brown head and good lacing. Sugary sweet barley with notes of caramel to start. Very rich, thick mouthfeel. Very smooth finish with notes of caramel, toffee, and dark fruit. Rich, flavorful barleywine.
Huhzubendah (3068) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from RussianDragon. Thanks Dave!
The beer is slightly murky with a chestnut brown body and a half inch of tan head. Aromas include toffee, dates, booze, malt, perhaps prunes or raisins. Thick body with a mild but present sweetness. Big flavor with malt complexity, a touch of brown sugar. A nice beer to sip and savor.
beer_30 (2) - - JUN 6, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very smooth tasting barelywine ale with a caramelized after taste. One of my favorites
Thebullshornbar (74) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick, sugary, woodsy, and a nice bit of alcohol. This beer stands up as a typical yet somewhat young English barleywine.
Theydon_Bois (12870) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home, from an IP trade with jtclockwork, cheers James 11/05/14.
Clear dark amber with a moderate light beige covering that dissipates then retains.
Nose is treacle toffee, brown sugars, candied fruit peel, light spice, fruit cake, brown sugars.
Taste comprises toffee fudge, fruit cake, dates, figs, tobacco, light spice.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, boozey tones in a drying close.
Solid enough barley wine, this one improved as it warmed a little bringing the flavours out a little more.
Weezel (241) - Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Aroma of dark fruits, yeast, some alcohol and cola. Taste is young and lively, but some concentrated raisins and deep fruity malt come shining through. Some alcohol on the back end. Finish is a little lacking but this is still pretty good. Would like to see how it ages.
mattkorsgaard (31) - Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008 bottle poured 2014. Very smooth and great aroma. Dark burgundy appearance. Silky smooth and sweet sticky. Just what an aged barleywine should be.