Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by BrianK, thanks again brother. Pours adark brown amber body. Sweet chewy but not viscous sugarplum, orange, and a bit of saline. Scotch and raisin with a moderate warming of ethanol sugar. Solid beer that has aged well. Very smooth and warming.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz via trade a ways back and I put this in the fridge probably a month ago and felt like the right time to open it. Pours orange with a tan ring. Nose is sweet and restrained, but nice. Taste is sweet and hoppy and overall tasty. This is a damn nice BW, with some complexity and no ill aftertaste. They need to bring this back and make it more regularly.
Ibrew2or3 (7092) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Gillard. Pours hazy copper with thin white head. The aroma is yummy dark fruity esters along with sticky sludgy malty sweetness and a sense of alcohol. The taste is sweet and chewy maltiness to start followed by some prunes and stewed raisins. In the background I get a modest level of muted pine hop bitterness trying to be noticed over the din of malts. This has a nice mix of notes creating a pleasing barleywine.
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. into Duvel tulip. Pours with a quickly dissipating head; nice amber brown with ruby highlights in the glass. Smells like brown sugar, sugar cane, and maybe some cracker (saltine) with the slightest hint of alcohol. Not as full bodied as I like my barley wines, but full flavored: some overripe prunes, syrupy golden raisin, very sweet (but not syrupy because the texture is too light). Good and enjoyable, but like many New Glarus beers, a little held-back. They are very good at lighter styles, but never go all-out enough on the bigger ones.
Scubatrip (604) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the bottle, with many thanks to Winter Secret Santa "07, pours an opaque reddish brown with some visible sediment. Smells of deliciously sweet malts and alcohol. My rating got interrupted by too many phone calls, and this beer could not taste any sweeter. Malts abound, with a perfect balance of alcohol to even out the taste. Notes of candy sugar and brown sugar, really just about perfect for a barley wine. Thick but not too heavy, this is what a barley wine should taste like.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Poured an orangish/brown color, very litte head. Typical malty barlywine scent, very nice. Malty sweet flavor, smooth finish.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2 year old bottle thanks to 1faststi. Clear amber with a slight beige head. Aroma is malty oxidation, a little dough, slightly alc. Doughy flavor with a little alc, maple syrup and boozy. Medium body and syrupy. A pretty nice Barleywine.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy tpd975. Pours a hazy copper with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, and alcohol. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, and light fruit. Medium full mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Good.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 12oz bottle had at last weekend’s tasting.... reddish-orange brown pour with a thin soapy white head... ripe dark fruit and an excessive amount of sweet malt. somewhat papery... biscuity malt, sweet caramel and less dark fruit flavors, and slightly spices. a little oxidized. decent mouthfeel and still pretty drinkable.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. forgot who brought this one. pours amber with white head. oxidized bready nose. flavor notes are bready, nutty, oxidized, caramel. a bit thin. hasn’t aged great but it is still good.