muzzlehatch (4756) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle brought back from Anchorage for me by my coworker Amanda (thanks!), served at cellar temp or so from a Chouffe tulip. Dark caramel-cream head half-fills the glass, smooth but bubbling away quickly atop the darkly translucent molasses body....nose is plummy, rum-soaked cherries, hints of vanilla and old port, faintly alcoholic but quite pleasantly so, lots of caramel....on the tongue, quite sweet but with some woody dryness showing up quickly, lovely thick, rich and malted-milkshake mouthfeel but there is something of a cardboard character to the finish that really hurts....this lessens a bit with warmth, and the end result is a very good, though not quite excellent, sweet and thick and low-on-the-hops barley wine.
crajun (1174) - , Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
wasn’t liking the style so let this sit for awhile; thanks to a great rb’er for the trade; guessing this is a2013 bottle (says aged in bourbon oak barrels). much like a quad - dark fruits and caramel in aroma and taste. neither bourbon nor alcohol were that prevalent. smooth, sweetness balanced well.
rxeight (2577) - Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. Murky brown. Caramel and toffee. Very oaky. Touch of bourbon. Slight nutty. Very smooth finish. Hides the ABV very well.
HiFives (5) - Lihue, Hawaii, USA - AUG 10, 2016 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared a 22oz bottle.
Boozy, stone fruit aroma; caramel toffee syrupy taste and mouthfeel. Alchohol present but not harsh. Nice oaky flavor as well.
Sirmixsomewhat (200) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is strong as hell. You expect that from a barleywine and from a beer that's 13.4% ABV, but this is strong behind that. I smell raisins and taste them too, and while it's nice to sip, it's just a little too overpowering to love.
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Bambino’s. Murky deep amber pour with a tight white head. Rich caramel, wood, port, whiskey - great depth of aromatics and taste. Awesome.
monk191 (1749) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 5, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fantastic barleywine, tastes very well refined yet complex. Pours a beautiful deep red with a small amount of tan head. Smells of bourbon, caramel, strawberry and cherry, dark fruits. Smells as well as tastes more like a quad then a barleywine. Taste has lots of dark fruit and carmelized walnuts, vanilla, followed by an amazingly smooth finish topped with a bourbon smokiness and lingering booze. Our favorite barleywine. Had in the bottle.
luttonm (4619) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Beer Authority, Seattle. Tight creamy tan foam on velvety rich brown. Sticky, barrel notes, dark fruit. Exceptionally balanced, clean sharp flavors. Raisin, molasses, cherry pit, leather. Vanilla hints. Strong, rich, good all warming. Delicious.
mariuspoenari (1462) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at a tasting. Dark amber pour, thin tan head. Smells like bourbon, dark cherries, green hops and vanilla. Tastes like cherries, bourbon, almonds, alcohol, vanilla, toasted coconut, caramel, maple syrup. Medium body and a medium-low carbonation. Bitter-sweet aftertaste. An excellent barleywine.
ciocanelu (1320) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - MAR 23, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky dark amber color with beige head. Aroma is really fruity with caramel and bourbon. Taste starts sweet, fruity with caramel, toasted malts and bourbon. Body is syrupy and well carbonated. Really nice overall, sweet, fruity and the ABV is well hidden.
Gerbeer (3130) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. 2013 vintage. Pours a dark reddish brown with light persistent head. Aromas of bready malts and caramel. Flavors of rich brown sugar, toffee, sweet malts and light grassy hops. No trace of bourbon but very nice. Full and sweet.