demondeacon09 (45) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle poured into a snifter. Medium off-white head that dissipates quickly. Malty aroma with hint of earth and hay and raisin. Wish the aroma was a bit stronger. Light orange-brown color. Hazy. Tastes like a barleywine - very malty with a slight bitter hop finish; sweet. Pretty smooth for 11.7 abv. Iím glad that I tried this beer, but itís far from my favorite.
Cory (350) - , California, USA - MAY 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 Bottle. Nice sherry, fig, sweet sun dried raisins, light booze, complex, and just a nice sipping beer. Great barley wine that ages really well.
SrSilliGose (3271) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2014 2009 bootle from the rotebox. big potent sherry notes, figs, port-like character. soft boozy rumcake notes. sherry oxidation. perhaps a touch thinned out with time. nose pretty chill. better than expected. pretty drinkable.
SHIG (3670) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a mahogany brown with a thin beige head. Aroma is sticky malts, figs, dark fruit, sweet warm feeling. Taste is strong dark fruit, sweet malts, and nice light alcohol burn.
jpkeskinen (273) - FINLAND - APR 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Drank from a bottle at a bar. Really strong beer. The taste is a bit sweet. Not as good as I expected.
Hermod (3460) - Vantaa, FINLAND - APR 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle, vintage 2012. Mahogany color, thin white head. Toffee, malt, wood and sweetness in aroma. Toffee lingering, some alcohol stickyness, malt and some dried fruits. Long sweet finish. Slightly unbalanced and alcohol coming through too much to be enjoyable.
RexTalionis (2618) - FINLAND - APR 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, vintage 2012. Pours amber in color with an off-white head. Sweet brown sugar and dark
syrup in aroma. Also some dark fruits and vinous notes are present. Quite pleasant aroma
indeed. Dark syrup, malty sweetness and vinous notes in taste. Scaringly easy to drink despite
the quite high abv.
Barreras (1055) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - APR 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep amber color with a caramel aroma. Taste is clean but finishes with a burn. Nice high alcohol flavor with a mellow malt flavor. The burn fades quickly, and leaves the chest with a warm tingle. A good beer for the style.
EricTeusink (703) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had a 2011 vintage. Decent Barleywine. Pours brown with a just a tinge of red. Slight white head. Scent is hay, grass, and molasses. Despite age, hop characted still existed. Interested to see if this tastes more like a IIPA when fresh. Nice beer. Might like to do a vertical someday. Bottle - Received in Trade
xBEERxNOLA (72) - - APR 6, 2014
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma - not much there.
Appearance - amber no head on aggressive pour.
Taste - smooth for such high ABV. Not much there for me. Drinks like a session.
Mouth - med carb
Overall - nothing like old stock reserve. Just okay.