northropfrye (2194) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2014 Thanks cards04 for this. Brown body virtually no head looks like iced tea. Great malty boozy sweet aroma. Vanilla dried fruit. Grape. Quite hot booze taste sweet malty. A nice barley wine.
onceblind (4009) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(On tap at World of Beer-Cherry Creek, was told it was aged in a Cognac barrel? Close enough probably...) Murky copperish brown under a thin ring of white head. Super complex and amazing aroma of Cognac and rich caramel, oak char, plum, and a touch of orange zest and more sugary caramel (and more cognac).
Oh man that’s amazing to smell. The flavor has a candy sugar sweetness with a little bourbony warmth, lots of char and caramel, lots of fig pudding and warm oak and more plum. Layered, fruity sweet and warm with a lovely brew all around. Sippable by the fire at a social gala.
Beerman6686 (4291) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one poured a lighter brown with a small beige head. Aroma was of spirits, caramel, oak, and dark fruits. Flavor was similar, pretty smooth and solid BA barleywine, but just didn’t have that wow factor for me.
artmcd8 (1560) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at 2014 Ratebeer Barleywine Tasting. Pours a dark brown color with a slight white foam head. Aromas of dark fruits, raisins, pretty big caramel and vanilla. Sweet taste with a chewy body. Nice flavor from the brancy but by no means hot. Really great stuff.
travita (3913) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the BTBF. The look is brownish in color, tawny, and has a beige colored head. The smell is alcohol, sort hot, wood, rich, sugar, raisans, char, and nice. The taste is brown sugar, alcohol, burns, nice, sweet, wood, prunes, complex. Nice but could sit a little longer.
Lectvay (119) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 7, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium-dark brown with a light, ephemeral head. Aroma and taste are so inviting and enticing. Dark molasses, brandy, caramel. An astounding beer. It went by quickly, and I was sad when it was gone.
MadIndian (2365) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Awesome notes of Brandy, wood, chocolate, dark fruit and toffee. Finish was sweet alcohol. The high alcohol content was blended well with the toffee.
Bacterial (1501) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Greg - thanks!! Dark amber pour. Big toffee and dark fruit nose and again in the taste. Lots of raisin. Lots of smooth booze in the finish. Really nice.
DalzAle (1973) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour, no carbonation and an aroma of strong raisins & whiskey. Flavor is nice meld of maple syrup, more alcoholic raisins, caramel and warming on the finish. Very good, and worth the steep price.
dfinney23 (1637) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn, that’s good. And strong. Toffee, caramel, chocolate, dates, figs and no shortage of brandy.