Strykzone (4931) - 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 (2104) - 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.
adnielsen (9090) - 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 (1196) - 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 (116) - 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 (5888) - 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 (338) - 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.
StoutDr (44) - Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Full, but not heavy mouthfeel. Malty and oaky and sweet. Unusually dark for a barleywine. Outstanding!!! I would highly recommend even for people who have never tasted a barleywine before. This could be pleasant to most beer drinkers.
TimsRatings (419) - - OCT 29, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Ridgewood (Raleigh).
Pours dark brown with a touch of head. Aroma carries a heavy malt component, which carries over int the taste. The flavors associated with barleywine don't seem to appear until the aftertaste.
I'm not a fan of barleywines, but this is drinkable in small doses. Won't be tailgating with this one.
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XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at GABF 2013, had some sweet malty aroma and a similar taste, but was super dry.