julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12. Has thick, syrupy appearance. Aroma is hoppy. Flavor is not sweet and somewhat bitter. I kept looking at this beer thinking brown sugar...but the flavor is malty, slightly sweet with a long bitter finish.
hawthorne00 (3364) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2015 2013 bottle. Very dark brown with a fat coat of beige head that disappears after a while. A: Spiced rummy fruitcake aroma with orange peel. Oily, lowish carbonation. Rich toffee and dried fruit, fruitcake spices, citrus peel. Some Oloroso notes, but nothing really cardboardish. Bitterness stands out a bit much at the end. Not bad. Suspect there will be a brief window in the next year when it will be pretty good. [3.4]
Another try and it’s pretty charming. Robust and tasty rather than deep and refined. Dark fruits and toffee, enough bitterness to keep it from being oversweet. I like that it’s a beer and not a cocktail.
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at Monkey Paw in San Diego. Pours a reddish brown. Aroma is sweet malt. Caramel also. Sweet and really malty. Toffee. Alcohol is present. Finishes clean. Really nice beer.
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Fatehunter (2123) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours the thinnest head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is grain, both dry and wet, honey and slight barnyard. Nice.
The taste is malty but not too sweet. A mild lemon and grapefruit bitterness in the middle. Finishes with a sticky sweet note and a little alcohol heat.
The texture is thicker and sticky.
It’s got a nice alcohol heat but the rest of the flavor is muddled.
Nekronos (3967) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite nice and aromatic. Spiced and thick in shape. A hint of bread and malty sweetness in it all.
benpickens (475) - 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 (9411) - 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 (3909) - 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 (1241) - - 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 (3378) - 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.