vtafro (2794) - 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 (1461) - 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 (281) - 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.
48FanInCali (706) - California, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Nice brown pour with a thin off white head. Fairly typical for a BW. Nose and taste was fairly big on toffee, caramel, toasted malt and hops. A bit too hoppy for my liking with this style.
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rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle courtesy of ohlrangers. Pours a clear light brown with a few bubbles around the outside. Aroma is toffee, with a little chocolate in the background. Body is medium-full. Flavor is also sweet toffee with a little vanilla. Slight alcohol heat. Very nice!
cbfobes (2269) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle shared at the QC tasting, pours a dark reddish amber with a very thin head, the aroma was very sweet with caramel and dark fruit, the flavor was of light dark fruit and mainly booze, seemed very thin for a barley wine, I really wanted more out of this one.
BVery (5935) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown amber pour with a white head. Aroma and taste are boozy and caramel. Very good beer.