brokensail (14529) - San Leandro, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle @ 10K + OT. Thanks, GT. Dark brown pour with a massive tan head that fills the glass. Aroma is ashy, acidic, and overly roasty. Tart berry and raisin, wood, and toasted malt. A hint of banana and some chocolate/cocoa powder. Taste is bitter and quite acidic...very carbonic and overcarbonated. Sour blackberry, raisin, and plum. Woody dryness. Quite a bit of roast and some ash. Hints of sweet malt and fruit esters. Disappointing.
jtclockwork (12131) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Shig. Shared by Jcwattsrugger at 11k/7K/5K. Pours very dark brown. Nose and taste of vanilla, whiskey, oak, caramel, toffee and dark fruit. Rich. Full bodied.
Lubiere (11909) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2015 A deep dark brown barley wine with a thin brown head. In aroma, bitter chocolate with coffee grind, musty character, licorice notes, alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, a sweet fruity chocolate malt with with coffee grind, light sourness, dark fruits, plums, alcohol warmth, very nice. Bottle at Ottawa Xmas gathering 2015.
jcwattsrugger (11751) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
shared @jts 7/5/11k jt/jredmond/jcw Gathering trade with SHIG--750 bottle-retaining thin lt brown-mahogany. A-roasty, vinuous, med/dk malt. T-vinuous, roasty-med/dk malt, earthy hops.
daknole (10738) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour, light brownish head. So the combination of sweet malts, Belgium yeast, fruity esters combine fairly well with barrels. Certainly not as bad as many make it out to be.
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2014 Bottle... darkguardian’s & biggsbowler’s West Palm Beach Birthday Bash!... Pours dark brown (practically black) with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Sweet chocolate and bittersweet fudge are the highlights of both the bouquet and the flavor. Finishes acrid, bittersweet and roasty. Great stuff. In five or six years, this will be as sought-after as M currently is. Muchos kudos to newcigarz for sharing this bottle!
adnielsen (10310) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Steve’s house, courtesy of arminjewell. Pours a dark brown appearance with a fizzy brown head. Red wine, roasty chocolate, caramel, fig, dark fruity aroma. Tangy, dark berry, fig, plum, red wine, caramel, chocolate, a bit sugary flavor that is well carbonated. Quite smooth for the alcohol level. Pretty tasty. Thanks Armin.
crossovert (10293) - 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.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
> Infection transforms this into a black saison
[ Bottle ][ savnac ][ 22oz ][ 10K+OT Tasting ][ Stemless Wine Taster ][ 5/3/14 ]
>> This is known to be infected, but Ira and I kept this beer always fridge to stymy infection perhaps. Didn’t work. Pours a dark black with massive black saison type of rocky mocha foam. Nose is bright barrel, cocoa, lemon, blackberry. Taste is aerated, ashy, cocoa powdery, super dry and tannic. Essentially this is a black saison. Palate is aerated, dry, powdery. Odd one.
>!< It’s Belgian style, but not barleywine
arminjewell (9142) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of lots of red wine, slight earth, oak, hints of toffee, slight red fruits, slight toffee, molasses, interesting. Taste is much better, hints of oak, red wine, nice red fruit, touch of grape, nice oak, slight vanilla, hints of earth, slight spice notes from the yeast, finishing fairly sweet, spicy, dry. Interesting.