fiercepanda (547) - Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
A clear reddish brown beer with a small off-white head. The aroma is caramel with a nice dose of tropical fruit. The flavor is fruity and bready with the alcohol being pretty noticeable.
tcane7 (1664) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle. Pours a deep murky reddish brown with diminishing beige head and no lace. Aroma vanilla,toffee, brandy, figs. Medium body, slightly watery. Crazy smooth for the abv.
kaser (2705) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crazy plum and tart flavor. Fruity. Dark amber color with white head that quickly dissapates. Very jammy and thick. Tons going on with the flavor. Not bad for a barleywine. Draft at Jerry's
Doghair (257) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 vintage - Sort of a rusty cloudy brown, no foam. Caramel, dark fruits and some orange peel in the aroma. Taste is big caramel, dark fruits, coffee and a little citrus. The heavy mouthfeel helps the flavors linger. After a few years most of the alcohol taste has mellowed. Excellent beer.
JustDrinkIt (261) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky brown pour with quickly fading tan head. Aroma of raisins sweet malts, fig. Flavor is more of the aroma, dates, brown sugar, alcohol, caramel, toffee. This is unlike what I expected and awesome.
rangerred (926) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle int a pint glass.
Pours a hazy dark brown with just a tiny wispy head. Not really any lacing but there is a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
Aroma is quite sweet with caramel, toffee, and figs. There is a slight sherry/oxidized note about it as well.
Taste is extremely sweet right off the bat. Caramel is huge and just seems to overwhelm any other flavors that might be present. I can also tell this one has oxidized over time. Sherry flavors are present and there is a bit of a port like quality. Sweet throughout with a very sticky, almost cloying, finish.
Overall, I was really hoping this would be an awesome experience with this beer having so much age but it is just too sweet. A bit one dimensional as well. I may need to seek out a fresh example sometime.
keanex (1452) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: The body is a mildly murky amber to garnet with a dense light tan head. The head quickly forms a dense coating.
Aroma: The aroma leans a little fruity with hints of oak, odd since ití snot oak aged. Earthy tones poke through the fruitiness along with a dash of caramel. The aroma smells okay, but isnít very aromatic.
Taste: The flavor is big and malty with subtle fruity esters. Big brown sugar and molasses along with caramel make a big malt base with a slight spiciness overlying with fig. Big and easy to drink, this only hints at alcohol on the finish.
Palate: Full-bodied, near thick, with light carbonation.
Overall: Despite my rating, I have a lot of respect for this beer. Itís one of the few beers Iíd ever want to age a bunch of while still tasting good fresh. This could certainly use a few months in the cellar, but it drinks nicely now.
zoucrew102 (528) - - MAR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2014 Bottle, 2013 vintage, cellared about 1 year. Rich dark fruit aroma with a little bit of booze. Pours copper colored with a thin light brown head and some lacing. Sweet dark fruit flavors as well as some caramel malt to start. Finishes smooth with just a bit of booziness. Very good, probably even better if aged longer.
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malrubius (1713) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 bottle from Save On. Garnet red/amber with ring and full of micro floaties. I didnít expect to have to decant it. Vinous woody hop and caramel aroma. Toasted caramel ripe cherry brandy sweetness just short of syrupy with woody hop bitterness bordering on astringency. Medium full body. Not my favorite barleywine or North Coast beer. Just not my style I guess.
MattiasA (862) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Backlog from the 2011 vintage. Bottle bought at Systembolaget. I have a hard time with barley wines in general this one was decent though. High in sweetness and alcohol, lots of raisins and dried fruits, probably should have aged it for a couple of years.