valpoaj (729) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aged bottle pour - side by side with NG Thumbprint series barley wine. Pours opaque mahogany - almost no head to speak of. Aroma - candied sugars, brown sugar, booze, hint of dark fruit - very sweet overall, but very boozy! Flavor is similarly boozy - sweet malts, brown sugar, dark fruits, slight hint of bitterness at finish. Palate is long lasting with a slight alcohol burn - not bad overall. Not as good as the younger barley wine, but still a pretty good offering.
reggiedunlop (3650) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear deep amber/ruby with a thin off white head. Aroma has boozy dark fruits. Flavor has dark fruits...almost port wines with candy sugar. Mouthfeel is medium and sticky with an earthy/bitter fruity finish.
Steasy66 (1116) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee color, no head. Some malty aroma. Nice boozy barleywine, good sweet malt. Little carbonation, thick body, nice beer overall.
mcberko (14077) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from javit (thanks Adam), pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma of rich dark dried fruits (dates, figs, grapes), brown sugar and alcohol. Flavour of rich dark dried fruits, such as prunes, figs and dates, lots of boozy liqueur and some brown sugar, though this is not cloyingly sweet. Quite boozy - the ice-bocking obviously bringing it more to the front. Medium complexity with lots of depth. Very enjoyable barley wine, though missing some element(s) of complexity to push it into the elite league.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Admitedly, I am probably having this a bit past its prime. Not that it’s gone bad, but it wasn’t quite as awesome as I was hoping for.
madmitch76 (21796) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
31st August 2012
THE Barleywine tasting. Clear very dark brown beer, not much of a head. Light dry palate, smooth. Nice smooth malts here but by God this is a salty bastard of a beer, too much so. Could hardly taste anything else. Finishes semi dry.
jackiechan2700 (2) - Delavan, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I have a different iced barley wine than the picture given. It actually has a black wax top. I am not sure what year this is from but the moment I opened the bottle the overwhelming smell of alcohol engulfed my nose.
Aroma: alcohol with a bit of smokeyness to it, there are subtle hints of caramel to it, however the alcohol really masks all other aromas here.
Appearance: Pours a dark, clear, brown with a little white head that dissipates quickly.
Taste: This is a heavy beer with a big alcohol taste right up front. Once the alcohol mellows off in the mouth you get a slight bitter sweet in the aftertaste.
Palate: Little to no carbonation with a think and full bitter sweet after taste.
Overall: A great beer, but a big beer. With the predominant alcohol feel, this is an acquired taste, but many barley wines are this way and this is my favorite style of beer!
jackl (7016) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ THE Barley Wine Tasting. The pour’s deep brown with a small off-white head. The nose is cinnamon, some boozy wood. Notes of red fruits, cherry. The taste is fruitcake, spice, heavy salty plum and more cinnamon. Chocolate. Medium body, but weirdly salty, plenty of mineral. Overall, pretty meh.
Scopey (12247) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 Bottle, thanks to Ken at THE Barley Wine Tasting, August 2012. It pours deep brown, with a small beige head. The nose is caramel, salt, wood, earth, varnish and sweet liquorice. The taste is leather, varnish, saltiness, wood, earth, burnt notes and a touch of dark fruit, with a very dry finish. Full body, fine carbonation and slightly oily mouth-feel. Surprisingly salty! So-so.
Sammy (11076) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Two year old aging. Rich malty aroma, not boozy but the alcohol is there. Cocoa coloured body, thicker looking, no head. Full mouthfeel. Taste of chocolate and other malt, a bit of fig. Thanks FlandersNed.