Malty_MacHops (577) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Malty and rum-like aromas. Deep brown with a very small fading ring of head. Rich full malt with some bitter balance. Full bodied with a sweet warm finish.
MrBeerFanatic (733) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a medium amber with light red hues with a boozy head. Aromas of caramel, fruity hops, candy/dark fruit, cherry, and just a faint hint of alcohol. Flavors of caramel, dark fruits, slight alcohol (not to strong), slight cherry, slight pine hops, slight bread, and slight prune. Leaves a strong bitter aftertaste. Medium sweet. Alcohol hinders (slightly) the other flavors.
arminjewell (4206) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
8 bucks or 4 bottles, not bad. Pour was dark red with slightly off white head, aroma brought lots of red fruits, caramel, toffee, slight caramel, toffee, earthy tones as well. Taste is a mix of dark caramel, toffee, slight bread, earth, spice notes, more red fruits, finishing sweet, cloying unfortunately, slightly dry. Eh, the alcohol is definitely present, but the sugars in excess cover it up.
skoisirius (1215) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Have had this a few times over the years, usually in Trinity County. Light bodied but still flavorful BW.
OKplus (560) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 14, 2013
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
A - Pours a copper brown with a light tan head that sinks into a thin cap of micro bubbles.
S - Heavily roasted toffee, sorghum, brown bread, a mix of dark fruit, raisins, prunes, coffee grinds, alcohol, heavy minerals.
T - Scorched brown sugar, molasses, fusel alcohol, prune juice, some bitter hops, rough mineral finish.
M - Medium body, slick, boozy.
The burnt sugar mixed with hot alcohol creates an unpleasant astringency. This is a miss for me.
Serving type: bottle
Gription79 (1632) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. There are some sweet alcohol notes, caramel, toffee, apricot, some hot alcohol. A big malty beer, the alcohol is not out of place. This may be the best beer I have had from this brewery.
Mora2000 (4118) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Mar for sharing this bottle. Red-orange with a white head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit and alcohol. Flavor is brown sugar, toffee and dark fruit. I also get some alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Patrickctenchi (1840) - columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very cloudy/murky...medium brown-orange with a thin soapy cap.
Aroma Is caramel, dark fruit, a little diacetyl tomato/bloody mary-ness.
Taste is spicy, peppered, raisin and dark, sweet fruit.
Increasing pepper and spice.
Really a nice sipper.
Even better as it warms.
BarleyPapa (1) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 10, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: medium amber with minimal carbonation
Aroma: slightly sweet
Taste: cherry, raisin, alcohol
Mouth feel: sharp and tingly
Overall: very good 11% ABV barley wine ale
Source: 12 oz bottle from MDL
AxlLives (240) - Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle- pours clear ruby with minimal white head, mostly diminishing. Roasty dough notes, with vanilla, esters and cereal grain. Bit of plum. Taste is of the same ilk, nice and malty, good complex flavors. Touch of hop dryness at the finish. Lighter bodied. Bit of a burn. I like barley wines, so not quite sure bout the discrimination here against Mendocino.
DrSilverworm (2970) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle. Half hazy darker red/orange/amber color. Thin khaki head. Fades to a minimal ring around the edge. Doesn’t leave any lace. Medium to bigger body. Moderate carbonation, kind of a blunt texture. Sticky texture, too. Big caramel malts, musty old hop smell. Some dark fruit. Sherry. Wet Cardboard. Boiled nuts. Very sweet, somewhat cloying. Not an enjoyable example of the style. Was a challenge to get through.