HonkeyBra (3371) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep red with no head at all. Aroma of deark fruit, some hops and alcohol. FFlavor is very agressive, some dark, rum soaked fruits, some citrus, some bitter hops. Some whiskey cherries in there as well. Very boozy, needs to settle down a bit, although I still like it.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is all the great aspects of the Barleywine style, dark fruit tinged malt,some cola, a smidget of hops and a healthy dose of alcohol. Taste is at first that dark fruit laden malt but an aggresive alcohol catches up quickly,dominating even the hops that fight for some attentionThe after taste is smooth alcohol coating,never really gets hot, . Some may say that Dan may have taken to much ice off,but it will certainly tame down a little,absolutely enjoyable ,even now,a lovable winter warmer,not something you’d enjoy on a hot summer day
Drake (8546) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle shared by cdumler. Thanks! Pours a clear cranberry red color with lots of carbonation. Thin head. Poor head retention and fair lacing. Aroma is booze, toffee, cherry. Taste is cherries, green apple, toffee, alcohol. Full bodied.
adrian910ss (2356) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark yet clear amber mahogany copper with a small oft white head. Aroma of pomegranate juice, candied sugar, and ripe dark fruit. Taste of light pomegranate juice, candied sugar, raisins and a touch of syrupy alcohol.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Woodman’s in Kenosha. Pours a dark brown/red with no head. Nose is a ton of caramel and some raisin, booze and prunes. Huge mouthfeel and hides the alcohol very well. Some vanilla and sweetness, but there is a pretty big hop backbone to this, quite better and well balanced. I’m not sure what people were expecting, but this is phenomenal. With some barrel aging, this would be as good or better than Wooden Hell. Great beer.
CanIHave4Beers (3262) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep red color with a moderate head that fades into a swirl on top of the beer. Kind of a boozy smell some good brandy, some good caramel sweetness, and a mild floral character. The flavor is slightly hot, but not unforgivable. Some notes of cherry, brandy some mild hops balancing a large cordial like sweetness. The palate is very full and very luxurious.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
By far the best New Glarus beer I’ve had- part of it could be my search for the greatest barleywines around. Out of the bottle and into the glass, it pours this sexy clear mahogany colour with no head. Initially there is a noticeable froth but it quickly leaves. nothing but straight up 3-D glasses reddish coloured pour. It looks too good to be true like a big jello shot or something. The nose is intense. There is some noticeable sherry, flowers, hops, lots of alcohol wood aromas. Taste is a lot of dark fruits, alcohol again with raisin, and a chewy and oaky texture like finish. Amazing!
DalzAle (1984) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Extremely dark brown/amber pour with almost no carbonation. Aroma was alcohol and sweet caramel. Flavor was very earthy, sweet and strong with syrupy alcohol. Although the flavor came on strong, it finished surprisingly mellow and malty. Not a huge fan of barleywines, but this one was decent in small quantities.
swoopjones (5889) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. pours Canadian whiskey colored amber brown. Sipper.Not gathering much aroma wise here. Warm alcohol burn. Sherry booziness immediately. Some dried fruit. Cherry, dried fruit. BOOZY. big time sipper. intense X 3
Pailhead (4809) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: Big citrus hop aroma, caramel, and light candi sugar. The flavor starts with a citrus a sugary fruitiness and moderate caramel. Finish has moderate citrus hoppiness with faint alcohol. Medium-full bodies with slightly syrupy mouthfeel.