Advocate_Ames (361) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. The head dissipates to only end up clinging to my glass. The aroma is of booze, sweet and roasted malt grains, dark fruit, and burnt candy like sugar. In tasting I noticed a weak bitterness, potent burnt syrup sugar like sweetness, raisin like fruit, a touch of carmel, and some spice. The finish is semi dry from the booze with sugary undertones and a short bitterness that appears but does not linger. Overall this a good but over done and complex barleywine.
peteinSD (1233) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy copper red color in the glass with a nice froth of tan foam. Good looking beer. Heavy raisin and plum in the aroma with thick sweet malt and some minor hop bitterness. Taste is dark fruit, plum, raisin, and dense sweet malt. Coating mouthfeel. Solid barley wine.
DrSilverworm (4723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster at RBWG 2014 grand tasting - thanks to the person who shared this! Mostly clear dark red, slightly brown color. Minimal khaki head. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Tropical, red fruity flavors, light caramel malt, light spice. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter, tannic aromas. Good BA scotch ale.
Strykzone (4383) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampledvat rbwg. Opaque brown. I smell raisins and grain. This is American meets English barleywine. Raisins are tasyed and it has a pitted fruit thing going on. Big earth and malts. So much warming. Tasty stuff.
jcnielsen (1638) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Olde Hickory. Pours a black color with white head. Syrupy, malty, dark fruits, very sweet flavors. A little too sweet and syrupy for me.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Olde Hickory. Pours a brown / black appearance with a thin light brown head. Goopy, big molasses aroma. Some plum and dark fruits in there as well. Carbonation fairly low. Thick black licorice and molasses flavor. A bit of grape and plum. Not really boozy but very thick. Moderate to high sweetness.
Rrauth (1070) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. This is an awesome beer. It's smooth. It's creamy. It's f'n awesome. Some choc. Love this.
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Dogbones (117) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
That’s how we roll biotch! Amazingly dry. Smell sweet and sugary. Has an amazing flavor although a bit oxidized. Pale ruby color. 2012 is better at this point!
swoopjones (5219) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle.sample at Food Bank bottle share. decent BW. sweet maltiness, varamel/toffe rich maltiness, raisins, figs, dark dried fruits. decent
hman43 (202) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was picked up at Triangle Wine in Southern Pines. The seal is Royal Blue, but the stamp on the bottle says 2013. It has a sweet aroma with a hint of raisin, figs, roasted malts. There is minimal head. It is a very dark brown with some clouding in the light. The taste definitely is warming with brown sugar, biscuit, roasted, raisin with a bit of sweetness to it. The alcohol taste is there, but not overpowering as with some other in this category. This is very good.