mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy light brown in color with a nice thick off white head. Sweet, malty and caramel aroma. Roasty hoppy notes. Doughy, biscuity malty flavor. Caramel roasty hoppy notes. Earthy woody hop notes. Medium bodied. Finish is sweet. Well balanced beer. Very nice beer. Enjoyable.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
15 DEC 07, Southeast YeHa. Green 375ml bottle. Brown color. Aroma of musty, grassy, woody hops. Great malts. Sharp bitterness. A fun sharp bitter beer. PNW?
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.7oz. bottle, with thanks to tytoanderso for this! Pours a clear orange-golden color with a nice tan head, good lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, with biscuit, caramel, toffee, and some raisin/plum. Flavor is more of the same, with some alcohol warmth coming through. A nice effort, but lacking that extra oomph in both aroma and flavor to really make it standout.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via trade with DocLock - Pours a hazy light brown color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Decent carbonation for a BW. Aroma is toasted malt and esters. Flavor is sweet doughy malt and esters. Alcohol isn’t overbearing, but noticeable. Medium to full body. A good beer. Thanks Jeff.
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Dark copper color with a thin head. Nice aroma of caramelly malt and some light hops. Taste is very much the same with a slight vegetal finish. Some brown sugar as well. Light earthy/English hop. Alcohol is well hidden. I’m not sure aging will do wonders for this, but I think I’d like to try it anyway.
rajendra82 (999) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear, garnet colored body, and a small amount of carbonation brought out the wine aspects of the presentation quite nicely, as did the corked and caged green bottle. The aroma was very fruity, as I could smell plums, cherries, and pear. The taste was complex yet delicate, which is quite a feat for a 12% ABV beer. The fruits that I smelled were soaked in syrup apparently, as the hefty amount of malt made its presence known. The hops were in quite force here as well, because the finish was herbal and bitter. There was a woody dry flavor present in the background, and occasionally a little sourness was apparent as well. At first I was going to rate this a little lower in the taste category, as my first impression was that this was a little bland, but each sip revealed additional layers of complexity, and I was soon won over. A little thinner in the mouth than I typically like barleywines. More American than English in style if you ask me, and reminded me somewhat of Anchor Old Foghorn.
JK (5330) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice English style barleywine, but more hops than most of that style. Mildly sweet and very little carbonation. High abv is well hidden by the aroma and flavor. A good balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness, and a smooth palate. Thick and rich.
Skyview (5360) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled during joebrew’s beer tasting at Cellar’s Wine and Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a semi-hazy light amber brew with a thin off-white head that has some good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweetened caramel malt, toffee, dark grape skin, with a touch of brown sugar. Taste is medium bodied, very light carbonation with flavors of sweet caramel, toffee, some dry raisins and a touch of cotton candy. Finish has a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness with a raisin/bread and toffee aftertaste.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet nose with some hoppyness to it. Pretty mild for a barley wine with a very malty body. From Joebrew’s Cellars tasting.
Nuffield (3912) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lots of sweetness to my taste, with a champagne quality somewhere in the flavor, plus woodiness and something reminding me of the Fullers Vintages. A bit thinner than I’m used to, but not flat. There’s something annoying here as I keep drinking it....