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. I’m 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 (6880) - San Diego, California, 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.
jredmond (6153) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Max’s for the Turd Tasting. Pours a deep mahogany with white lacing. Aroma is sweet barley and sugary malts, brown sugar and light hop. Mouthfeel is nice with sweet, earthy notes of barley, dark fruit, and malts. Ok.
jtclockwork (10663) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at MaxxDaddy’s tasting. Pours dark copper brown. Nose/taste of concentrated barleywine - toffee, caramel, some cherry wood, toasted malt and herbal notes. Medium body.
vtafro (4696) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber pour with tan head. Super sweet malt and hop toned aromas. Flavor follows, alcohol bite isnt overlookable. Barleywine concentrated...
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer itself is a medium brown color, transparent with a tiny off-white island of a head.
The aroma is caramel, toasted bread, cereal grains, a bit of pine hops, and a good dose of alcohol.
The flavor follows the nose nicely. There is a strong booze flavor that is mostly masked by the strong iced barleywine flavors. Caramel first, bready and roasted malt next, a bit of spice, and a flat bitter finish at the end.
The body on this is pretty huge. Carbonation is on the light side, with a grainy, boozy feel overall.
arkurzynski (1771) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to FlandersNed. Missed out on this a few years back. Deepest of brown with red hues and a decent amount of tan head. Big dark fruit with some acidity, cherry, toasted malt, light skunked/herbal hops, and a hint of booze. Mild oxidation. Flavor is sticky sweet caramel and toasted/lightly roasted malts and dark cherries. Relatively well-hidden alcohol and some aged tangy hops in the finish. Big time warming on the way down. Jello-like mouthfeel. The high alcohol content cleans out the palate, leaving behind some fruity malt, toasted malt and light hop bitterness, but not heavy, sticky malt. Makes it way too easy to keep drinking. Nice as can be, even 2-3 years later.
Dunt (299) - Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled received in a BIF on BA. Pours a deep tawny brown with a minimal head. Nose is still incredibly boozy with a sherry like sweetness, heavy malt, rum soaked raisin, and dark fruit. Flavor is strangely still very bitter for being such an old beer. There is some dark fruit and caramel sweetness as well with some booziness. Mouthfeel is heavy with light to medium carbonation and warming booziness. Was hoping this would be smoother at this point, but it was sadly kinda tough to drink. Definitely a sipper.
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is initially rum soaked raisins, then fades into intense bready malts. Pours a deep amber with a bit of off white foam. Taste is nice - less sweet than I would have expected. A bit of caramel malt, and a fairly harsh bitter finish. Feel is dry and a bit boozy. Medium bodied. An intense beer.
ZippThePitBull (9) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2012 does not count
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I think this would have been a great IPA release but barley wine... I think not.