craftbeerdesign (2249) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
vintage 2009 bottle. pours a deep red / orange with a 1 finger off white head. plenty of dark fruit fill the nose with some caramel notes. big full body with more dark fruit - raisin, plum, dates, grapes and even some banana. thick bitter finish with a touch of alcohol. more deep sweet fruit notes linger through the finish and a slight vinous layer finds its way through.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Blake. Not a big fan of barely wines but this was delicious. Easy to drink, not too harsh with the ABV, well balanced flavors and not too heavy on the palate. Nice malt presence and not too sweet.
DrSilverworm (8547) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, 2010 vintage. 10% stated ABV. Beautiful dark maroon color, totally opaque with darkness and a brown hue. A bit of light tan head. Very awesome smooth texture, rich and creamy, very delightful. Awesome, complex aroma. Dark fruit, balanced with nice malty hops. Nice, spiced sweet taste. It’s hard to describe why, but I think this is an awesome barleywine... The texture and aroma are fantastic
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a rich caramel. Hoppy caramel nose. Flavor follows that nose. Nice hop notes. I had a 1.5 year old bottle that had mellowed nicely. No hint of Abv. A touch sweet but really solid.
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 vintage. 355 ml bottle. Dark brown and hazy. Medium creamy light beige head. Unusual for a barley wine. Slightly oxidized nose with chocolate and toffee and caramel. Dry papery bitterness. Very nice flavour profile. Lots of toffee. Delicious.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle that I picked up for $2.50, should have bought a whole four pack. I was a little hesitant given the high ABV but I love barleywine so why not tick a new one? Ruby red color, decent head at first but then it was only a memory. Initial aroma of fruit, malts, barleywine. First taste was cherry cough syrup but once I let it warm up it really came alive. Good flavors of fruit, brown sugar, barleywine, not really even a hint of hops which is fine. This is pretty good stuff, I might have to buy a four pack to age a year just to see how it does.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-22-2012 18:18:18
DocJitsu (1266) - 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.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 Harvest, courtesy of bditty187.
Pours a dark red tinged brown, with a two finger off-white head that settles slowly to a thin cap and leaves behind tons of thick lacing.
Smell; sweet caramel malts, citric and piney hops and there’s some dark fruity aromas as well.
Taste; a rather strong alcohol taste on the first sips, along with those hops, which have hints of grapefruit and pine trees. Sweet caramel and toffee, with a nice touch of cherries and figs. The alcohol presence fades quite a bit as it warms, making this quite drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium to full, and almost velvety smooth.
JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is an excellent, malty barleywine for those who don’t prefer the American hop monsters. The aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, other spices with a hint of citrus. The flavor is heavenly, it is a silky malt blanket interspliced with hints of aromatic yeast, and expressive, pungent dessert such as bread pudding. To round it off with some kick, the spicy orange aftertaste manifests itself and then gracefully fades.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to degarth at home. Aroma is sweet brown suger and pale malts, bready character. Taste is very sweet but very appealing the blend of malts and i assume sugar is well done and slight pepperyness on the finish. Not better or worce than the stone, just different.