nickd717 (3573) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Toronado for Barleywine Fest 2010. Clear dark brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel and mildly tart dark fruits, along with some wood and bourbon. Flavor is very fruity and only mildly bourbony. A little vinegar tartness in there as well, which I’m not sure is intentional. Regardless, it still tastes great. Some woody notes too. Medium body with fairly low carbonation. This is a solid barleywine overall, maybe a little off in a way, but on in other ways.
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Rich mahogony beer with a low cream colored head. Berry fruit and bourbon aroma with malt. Bourbon and light malt flavor with light earth and light fruit. Medium bodied. Bourbon and caramel/malt lingers with light earth and light fruitiness.
Ibrew2or3 (7107) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured up at the 2010 Toronado Barleywine Festival with a nice murky muddy dark brown – amber body with copper hues and almost no sign of a head. The aroma is a touch sour barrel and sort of sweet and a bit spicy smelling a bit like Angel’s Share. I get muted spices that bleed into smooth blended dark fruitiness. The taste has the same Lost Abbey Angel’s Share sort of quality with bourbon and some malts sweetness sweetening up the bourbon and then moving toward a light level of oak notes followed by a bit of molasses and a slight tart to sour barrel sense here and there. It seems to try and taste smooth but some of the barrel notes are just a bit too bright and may be difficult to enjoy too much of it. It is still a rather tasty barrel aged barleywine.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at the Toronado Barley Wine Festival 2010. Ruddy brown with a small head that doesn’t hang around for the party. Lots of oak and vanilla in the aroma, almost perfumey. Smooth bourbon flavor with no heat. Just very smooth all around. Fruity with caramel and low on the hops. Low carbonation and a full, slick texture. Not quite as good as their regular BA barley wine, (definitely tastes different enough for me to think its a new beer) but very solid stuff.
jcwattsrugger (11227) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@Toronado BWfest–on tap-pours an off white head and amber color. Aroma is old cheese, medium malt-caramel, some tart. Taste is medium malt-caramel, some tart.