mcberko (6515) - 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 itís gone bad, but it wasnít quite as awesome as I was hoping for.
madmitch76 (15095) - , 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 (4608) - Charlottesville, Virginia, 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 pourís 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 (6865) - 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 (8660) - 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.
johnnnniee (2312) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Received in trade from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a slightly murky dark brown with ruby highlights and a smallish head the dissipates before I set the bottle down. Smells like a well aged fruity, caramel, ethanol, barleywine. It does actually smell pretty good, but it does smell a bit potent. The taste is sweet caramel and fruity with a hint of earth and enough heat to keep some balance. This one is tasty, but it is a sipper. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy mouthfeel. Nice brew that Iím glad I finally got to try. Nice sipper for a cold June night ;)
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Received this bottle in a trade (BA) a couple years ago. Iím guessing this is pushing 3-4 years old at this point. Kept in a cool dark cellar since I received it. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark mahogany with just the slightest bit of lace as a cap. The nose is rich with wet woodsy notes, deep molasses, a bit of booze, and toasted caramel. The mouth is full, a bit oily, and heavy. This is a sipper, no doubt. Sherry-like flavors, raisin, plum, toffee, gingersnaps. Ethanol-burn on the finish. This is a really well-crafted beer, that stood the test of time for sure. A real treat.
blipp (6114) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the TURD tasting. Pours amber with an off white head. Sweet toffee and toasty malty aroma with lighter hoppy notes. The flavor has sweet malts, toffee, toast, and floral hops. Good, not great.