Boutip (5686) - Gatineau, Quebec, - MAY 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention and limited lacing. Aroma of clear whiskey notes with light warming alcohol and sweet malt notes. Taste is a bit too sweet for my taste with some warming alcohol notes and rounded edge from the barrel-aging. Body is about average with OK carbonation and light alcohol notes. Limited complexity with too much sweetness and good barrel–aging notes.
rdixon77 (2016) - Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2000!!! Thanks Joe! Drank poolside…which might not have been the most appropriate. Still awesome ba barley wine. Light cloudy brown color. Got lots of barrel, vanilla, whiskey, some char, some fruit, creamy body. Good stuff.
AirForceHops (5770) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 14, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from the brewery. Cellared about 2 years. Unclear Amber color with very low carbonation level. Aroma shows me mild whiskey, English malts, earthy hints, dark fruits.
I find it funny that so many people don’t write the vintage of this beer they had. The two years of cellar helped mellow the sweetness. Flavor is heavy on the English influence. Deep, layered malts that give dark fruit and booze. Borderline syrupy texture. Also still shows some bitterness that helps cut the sweetness. Whiskey treatment for sure enhanced the base. I like it a lot!
Chalumeaux (908) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle thanks Airforcehops cellar aged 2014 brown mahogany with a thin white head. Aromas of honey caramel oak and malt. Taste is mildly sweet up front caramel oak and then turns into a lingering bitter finish which is meant to balance the sweetness but just lingers a bit too long.
WillRunForBeer (2053) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 750ml bottle from AirForceHops’ cellar. Thanks, Chris! Pours murky medium brown with an off white head. Aroma is barnyard funk, caramel, bourbon, oak. Flavor has a mild funk, caramel, dark fruits. Pine bitterness balances out the sweetness. This is turning sour, and if you have a 2014 bottle, drink it now.
nimbleprop (6996) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 9, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle pours a hazy, deep brown with some swirling white head. Nose has vanilla, cake, some spice. Flavor is hot with booze, spice, vanilla, chocolate, caramel. Full bodied, booze finish.
radagast83 (6781) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 750ml bottle at the DC tasting on March 25, 2016. Poured a hazy brown color with a smal tan head. Aroma was light sweet malts, some mild oak notes. Caramel malt notes. Woody character.
GenDV138 (5231) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at the DC Tasting on 3/25/2016. Thanks Travlr! Slightly hazy brownish orange with off-white head. Aromas of honey, caramel, citrus, alcohol. Tastes of whiskey, oak, caramel, light roast. Medium-light body with a dry finish.
solidfunk (6841) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big malt and some oak and caramel. Hazy brown pour with ok head and lacing. Bitter and astringent. Light sweetness. Bottle shared at tasting.
Travlr (19892) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of me. Clear golden amber color. Aroma has light spice, toasted vinous caramel Taste is bittersweet boozy vanilla and burnt caramel. Very tasty.
Iphonephan (5658) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at 38 degrees Ale House in Alhambra. Pours a cloudy copper with an ecru head. Aroma of toffee and caramel. Flavors of oak and vanilla. Bitter finish.