kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a dark brown cola color with a thin tan head. Aroma is malty and sweet with notes of bourbon, candy sugar, sweet cherries, and hints of wood. Flavor is malty and sweet as well with notes of raisins, dark ripe fruit, some hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Generally syrupy and full-bodied mouthfeel with a pleasing phenol note on finish
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a hazy amber with no head. Aroma is vinous with notes of oak and a hint of vinegar. Taste is coffee, chocolate, oak, and a slight nuttiness in the finish. Medium thin mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very good.
tomthompson89 (1926) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Barley wine tasting. odd one. brownish color good head, nose is sour kinda cherry or uhhm almost some lambic notes on nose. malty flavor and too sweet, maybe another one with some age would be better.
matrixmorb (6) - , ITALY - DEC 3, 2008 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark beer,. Aroma shows chocolate and malt.The taste is a bit fruty and very complex A very great beer
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Obtained in one of the Perfect 10 Trades. Walnut colored flat looking brew. Vinous aroma. Strongly so. Vinous taste with a bit of wood. Lightly tart, and sour with some fruity notes to it. At first I did not like it. However it started to grow on me and I finished the bottle. It’s certainly a thin brew and it has wine all through it. The result is somewhat of a clash but ultimately it is one that you can drink if you are in the mood for something outside of the ordinary.
Sammy (9321) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks Jon for bringing. Brown with white bubbles in the head; lacey. Sourish from the cherry which is a bit of acid requiring food, under average mouthfeel. Malty including chocolate malt. Kind of sweetish. It said barleywine, but this category is the suitable one. Pricey for a just OK Belgian.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2008 Bottle from dchmela. Thanks, Dave! Deep dark brown pour pour, letting no light through; reddish in the right light. Minimal tan head. As soon as I started pouring, I thought about wine. Woody aromas of red wine, cherries, sourness,and complex malts... my mind vacillates between thinking sour ale and Baltic porter. Notes of licorice and molasses as well as port, raisins, wood, wine, and chocolate. Surprisingly thin, drinkable palate and a bit tingly, which again reminds me of a strange marriage between a Baltic porter and a sour ale... this is certainly a unique beer, and unlike any other barley wine I’ve had. All I know is that I want more.
Beerdedone (2901) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a two finger light tan head. Aroma of light fruit, red wine, caramel, molasses and wood. Flavor is smooth and complex with vinous grapes, oak, caramel, raisins, red wine and a touch of chocolate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation decent barley wine
bp (820) - Queens, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: pours a deep dark red - reminds a bit of red wine but cloudy, I can smell the red wine aroma from a few feet away, also a sweet aroma hidden under the wine aroma, taste is sour, the wine from the barrel aging is quite present as well in fact it mostly overpowers anything else this beer has to offer. Very interesting stuff, certainly drinkable...I wonder what a wine lover would think of this one?
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 Bottle at the 5th Annual Richmond Industry Gathering on 11/28/2010. Slightly hazy brown body with a thin off-white head. Tart fruit and caramel aroma. Tart fruit, caramel and cherry flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
7/4/8/3/15 - 3.7
Bottle on 11/30/2008 at the 3rd Annual Richmond Industry Gathering. Dark brown body wtih a small frothy light brown head. Big spice and molassas aroma with some rasins. Dark rum soaked fruit, some caramel, molassas and yeast. Medium full body with low carbonation. 7/4/7/3/15 - 3.6
Bottle at RBSG2008 Grand Tasting on 08/02/2008. Cloudy dark brown body with a small white head. Big caramel and molassa aroma. Slightly sour caramel and molassas flavor. Medium full body with low carbonation. 7/4/6/3/13 - 3.3