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 (832) - 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 (4066) - 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 wasnít a favorite for me. It isnít a bad beer, but it certainly isnít a standout Barley Wine. Decent describes this one pretty well.
DocJitsu (1031) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I couldnít tell if I was pouring beer into a pint glass or oil into my carís engine. Pours a murky deep amber color with a big, fat, fluffy, light tan head. The head kept growing even after Iíd finished my pour. I was worried Iíd 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 youíd 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, thereís a bit of bitter alcohol that remains on the tongue. Not bad though.
SPDickerman (986) - 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 (1034) - 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. Didnít have the awe inspiring booze and malt aspects.
maekchu (2247) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 9, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2004 vintage. Notes from tasting session. Light brown. Very malty and sweet.This might be better in about two year.
BelgBeerGeek (1299) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head: off white, creamy, medium size
Colour: very dark redish brown, a bit like a rodenbach but darker
Smell: boozey, caramel, candy sirup, a slight touch of banana, quite herbal and a touch of anise
Taste: start is quite bitter and herbal, a little touch of chemical alcohol, not that much sweetness to be honest ( what i do expect in a barley wine ), not too much else going around, not bad but certainly not exciting in my eyes, but well , i tried ! and thatís the only way to know if you like a beer or not :-)
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Celebrating the harvest of 2007. Pours incredibly cloudy. Little to no head like would be expected from a 5 year old beer. Very malty, rich, almost creamy. A bit of citrus on the back end. Very enjoyable.
Beaver (1327) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours dark murky copper red with a small off-white head that quickly goes to a thin collar
The aroma is sweet caramel malt with some dark fruit, molasses and alcohol.
The flavor is sweet sugary caramel malts with dark fruit and a medium bitter finish with a big harsh alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low but spritzy carbonation.
Overall, itís an ok barley wine but not well balanced - too sweet with lots of harsh bitter alcohol.