TheHOFF43 (1756) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by mista. Pours light brown with little aroma. Flavor was a typical barleywine. Not bad, had nice mouthfeel and was very drinkable. I didnít recognize the assertive hops or big malt balance described on this one.
hotstuff (4142) - Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Backlog rating on 12-25-2012 (Bottle) This beer has a small smooth ivory head with a long retention, amber transparent body, very fizzy, lively, fast rising carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, hops, sweet, lightly fruity, and alcohol. The flavor is light hop bitterness, semi-sweet, malt, lightly fruity, alcohol, and has a dry finish. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer has a slight warming sensation, but the flavor is rather lame for the style.
MadRobin (1996) - Silver Spring, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle after cellaring a little over a year and a half. Cloudy, dark coppery orange with a 2-finger khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of pears, apples, oranges, mangos, apricots and toffee. Taste of toffee, tangerine, mint, apricot, raisins, apple cider, brown sugar and tart orange. Medium body and high/medium carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
06-Mar-14 (12-oz bottle: Obtained in trade with Eyedrinkale, thanks Mike!)
Cellared for nine years, this beer is showing a lot of the characteristics I love in aged Barley Wines. Lots of toffee, dried apricot, caramel candy, medium-dark toast, and decayed wood, as well as a bit of unexpected bitterness that doesnít make sense for a nine-year-old Barley Wine. The aromas are as expected, though, with caramely malt, toffee, decayed wood, dried mushroom, and dried apricot and orange. The beer is medium-full in weight, possibly losing some body over the years, and carbonation is medium, but thereís a bit of dusty astringency in the finish. In the glass, itís a clear, copper-brown color with half an inch of pale-tan head, receding to a thin ring. Overall, this is good, but not great, mostly because of the slightly harsh and misplaced bitterness and the weird mouthfeel in the finish. At this age, though, itís hard to hold any unusual "defects" against a beer, so a little leniency seems fair.
Kinz (3307) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the JRHB bottleshare - would have sworn I had rated this before, but obviously hadnít. Medium to deep brown. Aroma caramel. Flavor is caramel, toffee, hint of grapefruit accented hops, but this was really all about malt. Nice barley wine.
drfabulous (4051) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Orange pour. Citrus. Then brown sugar comes out a bit and an overall sweetness. Really light malt build for barley wine. Dangerously drinkable at this abv.
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky light brown with small white head and some lace, not much aroma light malts at best. decent flavor malts rather hoppy with some liveliness, some alcohol not as big as some barleys but not bad
JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled at Kurtís Blarneywine tasting on 3/16/13. Pours clear amber with a thin off-white head. Caramel malt nose with a bit of citrus. Malty flavor with caramelly sweetness and a light finish.
kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle on 04/26/2013. Pours a reddish color with aromas of spice hops, alcohol, and citrus. Tastes pretty much as it smells with a hop forward flavor and mild sweetness finish.
decaturstevo (5155) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep copper pour with foamy white head and lace. Aroma of dried fruit and a hinto abv. Sweet rock candy like flavor an hinto warmth and a decent bitter. A bit odd. A bottle that Iíve had at least 3 years. Not really special to me.
tgncc (2830) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the Cortland Bottle Shop. The beer pours an amber color, white head. The flavor is fruit, bread, flowers, citrus. Strong hop presence. Flavor is the same, more citrus than flowers. Also, a slight flavor of soap. The finish is flowers, citrus, soap. Medium/thick in body. Good, but a bit odd. Hoppy for the style, and the weird soap thing.