ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy brown body with a small off-white head. The nose is brown sugar, raisins, toffee and figs. The flavor is lightly sweet, moderately bitter with toffee, plums, light molasses and pine. Full body is round and smooth with light carbonation and a warm finish.
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Strong caramel and chocolate aroma. Flavor is caramel, toffee, dark fruit, chocolate. Bitter hoppy finish. Medium mouthfeel, slight hint of the ABV. Nice.
Pailhead (6403) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of artusory
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, muted citrus hops, and faint alcohol. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a somewhat soapy off-white head. The flavor starts with chocolate and toffee. The toffee really sweetens in the finish and long with some mild citrus hops and moderate alcohol. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. What an incredibly interesting and unique barleywine. Would possibly enjoy a tad more malty sweetnes ... or not. I often complain about various beers being too sweet. Damn, this has such hop intensity that mixes almost seemlessly with the alcohol burn. A wild ride to say the least. I quiet liked it.
Thanks to Erin and Deniz for sharing.
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Laid Back Brussels Tasting (Feb 9, 2008)
Deep, black body. Creamy, lightly brown head. Aroma of hops, flowers and malts, but not that hoppy for an IIPA. Moderately bitter, lightly sweet flavour. Nice malts with some hops. Good balance.
Bov (11965) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 24, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
courtesy of fiulijn - cloudy dark brown-bordeaux colour, almost no foam; aroma of prune and cream, very hoppy; nits and chocolate maltiness; strong malt body; oily, deeply bitter with a very long malty nutty, chocolaty finish - what a fantastic beer!
akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Caramel malt, alcohol, Complex mixture of hops (including ice tea). Murky cloudy brown (mississippi water), light foam. Taste: Sweet caramel malt, burnt malt, hops, a little bitter, alcohol.
Svesse (7849) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Dark brown colour with an amber glow, frothy beige head. Fruity, malty nose with dried fruit, wild berries and toasted malt with loads of hops underneath. Malty taste with dried fruit, chocolate, caramel, a hint of smoke, a touch of oak, loads of citrussy, earthy hops in the finish, almost overpowered by the fiery alcohol coming through at the end. Almost full body, balanced sweetness. Bold, powerful and uncompromising effort from one of my favourite brewers. Impressive!
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours basically black with a long lasting creamy head in a snifter. Smell is almost a subtle smoky malt and very little hops at all. Subtle smelling beer. Taste is nice and crisp hoppiness, with very smooth toasty to roasty dark malt flavor hidden in the back. Quite nice and ver drinkable. Some slight wet cardboardiness in the flavor detracted at the very end for me.
Beerdedone (3222) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a creamy tan head. Sweet aroma of citrus and floral hops, caramel, chocolate, pine, and notes of raisins. Flavor is smooth and creamy with caramel, pine, toasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of brown sugar. A unique and decent brew.