ajnepple (5000) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Total Wine & More - Gilbert, AZ. Darker brown and clear appearance with a light tan head. Dark malts, molasses, touch of dark fruits, toasted grains, roast, bitter chocolate, light toffee/caramel and mild earthy hops. Medium to full body with a mildly bittersweet finish. Solid.
ChainGangGuy (4778) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, very darkened amber body with a half-inch-head head of beige foam.
Smell: Moderate toastiness, crunchy char, and a faint note of brown sugar. Some dark fruit, some aniseed, but more than one’s fair share of alcohol.
Taste: Well-toasted malts dosed with dark brown sugar. Slight burnt malt edge in back. Slight earthy hop hint. A touch of date, then licorice growing into a larger, albeit ill-defined spiciness adjoining the heated alcohol quality until the finish. Not too much going on here, sadly.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Lacks complexity, depth, and, more importantly, some much needed smoothness. For a second, I thought maybe some age would smooth it out, but I changed my mind.
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks turdferguson for sharing. Pours a translucent dark copper with a fizzy light tan head. The nose is musty, old paper, malty, kind of sweet. The flavor is old and papery, musty, earthy, basement, not too hot.
SHIG (4525) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a reddish brown with jello tan head. Aroma is caramel malt and alcohol. Taste is rich caramel malt sweet and warming. I really dig this beer!
maxwelldeux (4343) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate tan head on there. Nose is toasty with some bread coming through. Taste is also toasty with a nice crisp bite to it. Decent beer, but nothing spectacular.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear chestnut color with a thin light beige head. Lightly roasted aroma. Maybe even a touch of cigarette ash. Also toffee and light hop. Lightly roasted flavor otherwise bland. Semi-dry finish. Some butterscotch noticed as it warmed.
chinchill (4208) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my new silipint.
A: Poured dark reddish-brown, with a proper, creamy tan head that lasted a good while and left good lacing.
S: Smells like toasted sweet malt with hints of brown sugar and caramel.
Taste: dark malts with hints of dark fruits, caramel, and roasted nuts.
M: Medium-low carbonation wrks well for this full-bodied beer, Very smooth.
O: A very tasty English style pub ale with remarkably well hidden alcohol.
DiarmaidBHK (4155) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from BevMo Tucson. Pours dark brown with a thin brown head which disappears quickly. Not much on the nose. Big malty sweetness on the tongue. Hides it alcohol well. Not particularly memorable.
FlacoAlto (4147) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is a deep amber color. It is fairly clear with just a hint of chill haze. It smell malty sweet with a bit of fruitiness in the nose. Nice full bodied with a malty expression. This beer tenderly coats your mouth. This is a very well balanced beer, as an English expression of a strong ale should be. There is a hint of hop flavor that helps to carry the maltiness of this brew.
jsquire (4123) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber out of the bottle with a thin off white head. Toffee sweet nose with some butter. This is a subtle barley wine with some burnt toffee sweetness, dark bread and dark malts. The bitterness in the finish is almost hot. This seems small for a barley wine and is almost quaffable, but still an enjoyable beer.