kerenmk (2199) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at our place. Hazy brown. A little alcoholic, apple and some chocolate aroma, chocolate, earthy taste - rich and lingering. Smooth, full-bodied, hardy any carbonation and long, chocolate-like finish.
beerandbeyond (664) - ISRAEL - MAY 29, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle poured into a goblet.
Hazy mud color with a small tan head.
Heavy malt nose, with sweet toffee, raisins and earth.
Sweet, cloying malt, lo-med bitterness, juicy baked fruit, date honey, some alcohol, light milk chocolate, faint dulce de leche.
Full body, hard to drink, not balanced.
Chuckaduck (628) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 5/25/13. Pours a deep translucent ruby color with a very thin white head. Aroma is bread, dark fruit, spice, vanilla, yeast, caramel, toffee. Taste is crisp, fresh; alcohol, dark fruit, vanilla, earth, wood, lots of malt with a hint of citrus; finish is leather and fruit rind. No lacing. Mouth feel is big, rich, chewy. Medium carbonation; aggressive bubbles. Really high quality. Strong; though alcohol is considerably well-hidden.
jehoesefat (266) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is deep, malty, and toasty. Pours clear dark orange with a creamy head. Deeply flavored with strong malt aftertaste, goes down thick and creamy.
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 vintage, cellar temp. Incredible coca notes with sweet fruits and caramel. Spicy citrus with a milk chocolate flavor, ends with a sweet malt finish. One of my personal favorites; age worthy and always complex.
Bule (709) - California, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a reddy dark brown color. Strong malt and a bit of a harsh taste with it.
ben4321 (3823) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: Draft at Blind Tiger, 4/8/13
Aroma: The nose is heavy malty, sweet, a bit fruity, and with some boozy notes as well
Appearance: It pours a dark reddish-brown color with a beige head and some light lace
Flavor: The taste is also plus sweet/malty with plenty of booze, similar to nose
Palate: The body is medium-full, it is fairly thick on the mouth, and finishes a bit warming
This wasn’t a favorite for me. It isn’t a bad beer, but it certainly isn’t a standout Barley Wine. Decent describes this one pretty well.
DocJitsu (845) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I couldn’t tell if I was pouring beer into a pint glass or oil into my car’s engine. Pours a murky deep amber color with a big, fat, fluffy, light tan head. The head kept growing even after I’d finished my pour. I was worried I’d gotten too aggressive and that my desk next to my keyboard was going to be sticky for a while.
Toffee, brown sugar, and cinnamon rolls on the nose. A thick, slick liquid swells in your mouth with the first pull. A lot of sweet stuff in there. Not enough alcohol flavor or warmth to account for the 11% ABV. There is a bit of tartness that cuts the sweet explosion. The tartness, mind you, is the same you’d get from a sweet cherry sucker and not from an unripe banana or a grapefruit. My only criticism is that it finishes a little too quickly. Once it does finish, there’s a bit of bitter alcohol that remains on the tongue. Not bad though.
SPDickerman (920) - Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
10.8% ABV, vintage unknown. Pours muddy light brown with a super tiny ring of fizz. Smells like caramel, citrus, and zesty. Taste is cloyingly sweet with a strange spice-like character. Medium-to-full bodied with a slick, wet texture and virtually no mouth-carbonation, Mad River John Barleycorn finishes with an excess sweetness tingle across the tongue.
mnmike (1020) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 bottle vintage. Average barley wine here. Didn’t have the awe inspiring booze and malt aspects.