timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade. Aroma and flavor of red wine grapes, oak, oak, and a medium-body barleywine. Palate is complex with some peppery notes, and the alcohol is extremely well hidden for 13.2%. Great beer.
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beernbourbon (1520) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Ira! Pour is nearly black with a thick tan head. Aroma and flavor with light molasses, light toffee malt, faint vanilla, light vinous notes, and a touch of roasted malt. This is easy to drink and does not contain any offensive flavors, but the flavors are very very subdued. I kept waiting for more but it did not happen. Interested to see how this will age. Want to see if it wakes up a bit.
Strykzone (6560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at esbls. Dark brown. A beige ring. A vinous and fruity aroma. Alcohol is nicely hidden. A hint of sour wild yeast in here. Lots of dark fruit. Big malts. Nice.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber. Pours nearly black with reddish tints. Thinnish head. Nose is quite fruity, light char and brown sugar. Yeast driven, bananas. On tasting, it is all over the place. A mishmash of graininess, sweetness and phenolic bitterness. Sloppy and fruity I don’t really know what’s going on here. Meh.
bleeng (1654) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A bit sweet with some pepper tones. Alcohol is upfront. Delicious and thick.
SHIG (4385) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: poured a black red with light brown head. Aroma is fruity and bold woods. Wow huge alcohol with fruit and wine, boozy that I great now. Would age well if given the time.
djd07 (9521) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with small beige head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is fruity malt and grape. Thin mouthfeel with light fruit malt and sweet roast finish. Easy to drink hiding alcohol well, a very good barley wine.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Joe for sharing this one. Served in a Midnight Sun goblet. Slightly tart with some red wine character. Dark fruit and a bit of yeast. Semi sweet with good body. Rich. Will age well.
Huhzubendah (3405) - Washington DC, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared by BucketBoy. Thanks Joe.
The beer is dark brown with a bubbly beige head. The aroma brings wine, oak, malt, brett. Rich and full bodied. Moderately low carbonation. Big barrel character. This beer is starting to turn sour. Very tannic. Some fruit tones. Alcohol warmth throughout. This was pretty good.
crossovert (10986) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge wine notes in this one. Sticky and vinous. No semblance of a barelywine here. They could ave just called it a dubbel.