brystmar (1306) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2012. Caramely nose, fresh malts, pretty straightforward. Could really shine with a year in barrels.
jredmond (5834) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Paul at Clockwork’s Dec 8th, 2012 tasting. Pours a deep, hazy brown body with moderate to light lacing. Aroma is maple, toffee, sugar and light earthy hop. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice bitter hop, maple and toasted malts.
tricyclist (981) - Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample pour of deep murky brown with half finger khaki head. Nose is malty sweet and smooth. Corn and grains, wheat, alcohol... Toffee, but a lot of wheat. Flavor is light chocolate notes with more wheat and grain. Smooth and not too alcoholic. Drinkable, but not my favorite.
blipp (6546) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a thin head. Sweet caramel malts, candy, toffee, grain, and lighter toasted malts notes. Slight lingering hoppy bitterness. Pretty good.
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at a tasting at James’s place. Pours a fairly clear amber with a medium sized white head. Sweet on the nose, caramel and wood. Medium bodied, a touch smoky, big bitterness, sweet malt. A bit of warming alcohol.
jtclockwork (9982) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Paul at my house. Pours dark amber with off white head. Nose and taste of caramel malt, dark fruit, burnt caramel and burnt chocolate. Medium body.
DialSquare (3111) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the tap room. copper pour. sweet caramel, bitter grapefruit, ashy wood, vanilla, molasses - pretty good - 7.2
Steasy66 (1021) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2011 bottle. Very deep amber, tiny tan head. Boozy, buttery, and caramel aroma with a bit of red fruit. Taste is pretty bland, bit of malt and booze but not much going on. Thin and higher carb.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 Vintage. Coming down the 40, and I always make a point to stop by this brewpub for a bite and pint (or 2). I see this one on the shelf all the time at my local haunt, but for some reason I always avoid it. I’m just not a huge Barleywine guy I guess. This time though, I was in the mood so I finished my meal with this one.
Came out in a stemmed goblet. As with most "imperialized" brews, this was not a full pint, unfortunately. A ripe plum color with faint ruby edges. The cap of froth was short in size but not short-lived, as each sip left a perfect ring clinging to the glass. Rich aromas of dark fruits, booze, and some light earthy notes. Clean mouthfeel, rich and deep, envelopes the palate. Subtle carbonation lightens this one up just a smidge.
Great decadent fruity flavors of fig, plum, and raisin. The alcohol add just enough heat to this, but in no way overpowers. Sweet candy-like flavors on the back end keep this balanced, and tone down the richness of it a bit. Bitterness is present, but again, subtlety is king. Definitely sets itself apart from the Americanized versions of this style. This was rich, tasty, and ever so easy to drink. I think I need to pull the trigger on some bottles now.
drfabulous (4407) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. 2012 blue wax. Don’t know if that deserves a new entry. Boozy and bourbon like. Brown sugar. Big malt build. Lacking big body to match. Ok.