WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), California, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a long ago trade shared at paytoplays. Pours nice copper with no head. Nose is sweet. Taste is sweet and oxidized and a touch one dimensional. Unfortunately this hasnít held up well.
DaSilky1 (2605) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep transparent amber. Not much head. Aged barleywine nose..a bit of some brandy, a touch of sherry-like oxidation too. Sweet, caramilized sugar flavors...alcohol pretty hidden throughout...though there isnít much complexity here, at least not anymore and the body seems pretty thin..donít know how this was originally but even so, its certainly over the hill. Does that mean I shouldnít rate it? No.
SuperDave (1933) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by cbk. Amber pour with a small foamy head. Sweet aroma and flavor with caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and citrus hops. A nice brew.
auerbrau (2989) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2011 Bottle poured at the brewery for The "Even" Years vertical tasting. Big boozy strong aroma, with quite a bit of paler fruits. Flavor tends dryish, but evaporating. A nip of wood and oak presence is noticeable, but most would be hard-pressed to say bourbon. Held up better than the í08, thatís for sure. Decent, but a little rough around the edges and noticeably aged.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Pailhead. Bright copper, minimal white film for head, ring of bubbles. Aroma is full of bourbon, big smoke character, caramel and vanilla backend. Flavor is very well rounded. Nice caramel, vanilla combo, faint woody, smoky character. as it warms bourbon takes over more and more, slight turn-off. Big hot alcohol character as it warms as well. Palate/mouthfeel is a tad thin.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
another odd one via cbk on 3/21/2010 that iím happy i got to try.
almost the same colored pour as the í05.... orange-ish brown with no head.
odd aroma and flavor (though not in a bad way)... choco, cocoa butter, vanilla, oxidized malt, raisins and honey.
slick flat mouth feel. 6/3/6/3/14/3.2
Sparky (2130) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My notes call for the same rating for this one as the 2005: Bottle shared by cbkschubert at Hellbillyís Shootout in Sosco Tasting. Thanks Craig! Pours clear brown with minimal head. The nose is caramel and brown sugar. The taste is caramel, molasses and some oxidation added due to the age but still a tasty brew. Flat mouthfeel. Thanks for the opportunity to try this Craig!
BOLTZ7555 (2424) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2010 Bottle shared by cbkschubert @ Hellbillyís...thanks again Craig!!! Amber colored brew with lots of caramel, dark fruit, toffee, and vanilla. Minimal carbonation and not terribly complex. This is a nice, drinkable barleywine without the overwhelming cloying sweetness indicative of some in the style.
Dedollewaitor (12378) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Copenhaniacs tasting, Pt.1. Pours unclear amber with a small off white head and lacings. Sweet and vinous nose. Caramel, alcohol and toffee. Some syrup and dark fruit. A bit of bourbon and vanilla. Not owerpowering. Nice.
fonefan (29425) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 750ml. blue glass.
Clear medium amber color with virtually none head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, caramel, toffee, moderate alcohol, bourbon - whiskey, light dried fruit. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, warm alcohol finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light alcoholic.