gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Bottle. Pours a dark ruby red with scattered and prevailing lacing from a thin layer of sandy head. Aroma is caramel, soy sauce, nougat, brown rice. Unique. Flavor is raisins, interesting notes of caramel with spicy citrus, thirst-quenching apples. Warming, relaxing, save it for special occasions. Thanks to Deepak at Kingdom Liquors for saving this for me.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy brown color with orangish highlights. Large head on the first pour, off-white, sticky. Smells of some malts, spicy hops and alcohol. Tastes great, almost perfect balance of sweet malts and spicy/bitter hops. Finishes with some alcohol burn. Palate is thick but smooth with active carbonation. Easily a top 5 barleywine, maybe top 3 or 4.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber pour with a thin tan head. The aroma is earthy with hops and caramel. The flavor feels rough around the edges, there’s earthy malt, strong hops and caramel with a bitter finish. The body is light to medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation.
DenverLogan (1031) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper, amber color; Small head. Bottle says 12% abv. - 2007 batch. Aroma of brown malts, crackers and mixed tropical fruit. Rich malt flavors with bitter fruit notes; strong, flavorful, funky herbal twists, dark toasty malts, burnt chocolate, molassas, hops. This monster is big, bad and delicious.
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[1060-20080122] 12.7floz (c/o rudolf, w/ jerc). Sweet boozy yeast malt aroma. Slightly hazy, dark red body with a medium-lasting foamy light tan head. Boozy sweet malt continues in flavour with toasted yeast. Medium-full body is a rough and bitter throughout, hiding behind the alcohol. Fairly blended.
Lowe1983 (1486) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a brownish color with a tan head. Aroma is of sweet malts, caramel, candied sugar, plums, and some alcohol. Flavor begins pretty sweet with the caramel malts, plums, and candied sugar. Finishes dry with some alcohol warming, although it was as much as I was expecting. Pretty good barley wine.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque red/ mahogany with frothy head that disappates quickly. Nose is sweet and malty with pineapple influence. Flavor is complex and interesting, a little strong in alcohol, but not overwhelming. Fruit influences along with caramel and the candied sugar. Finish is dry with a lingering burn.
ElGaucho (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Sweet, rich, high alcohol aroma. Murky, reddish brown body with a tan ring of head. Not much lace. Sweet, sugary, high in alcohol. A very good barley wine, although not one of higher rated ones.
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Very dark amber, brown body with a small beige-tan head that fades. (3+) Big fruit hop aroma, tropical fruit? pineapple? light pine or spruce, hard to decipher because big second wave of alcohol wipes the slate clean. (7+) Flavour is surprisingly subtle for such a big brew. Fruity up front, tropical fruit notes, good amount of bitterness throughout. Caramel malt undertones. Warming alcohol throughout, especially in the finish. Pretty solid. Boozier than I’d like, but it is quite nice. Thanks to Rudolf for picking this one up for us.
pintocb (652) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red. Smells like sweet fruit and pine needles. At first the flavor is too sweet, but as it warms the hops balance it out. Can taste the alcohol a little too much, and a little too sweet for my taste.