IrishBoy (3855) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 Bomber from Ross (bronze wax much like the color of the brew). Nose reminds me of a between hoppy Bigfoot and Abacus. Nose is toffee, raisins, and hints of citrus-floral hops. Murky copper brown with a medium tan head. Flavor is bitterness, toffee, and a slight sweet raisin note. Finishes lightly bitter.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at ohb 7/12/11.
hazy. dark cherry wood brown with a soft khaki head.
lots of stuff in the aroma... raisins, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, malt powder, oranges and some grassiness.
the flavor adds cherry notes to the aroma characteristics and a tannic drying on the finish. it taste like it has already been aged as there is very little in the hops department.
it is slick and rich yet there is a little fruity acidity which keeps in in balance and quite enjoyable... and iím not really a fan of barley wine!
jrob21 (2601) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 vintage back from bestway. Incredibly smooth and dangerously easy to drink. Aroma of plum and molasses. Most of that comes through to the flavor along with a roasty malt and burned bread malt flavor profile. Finish has a touch more malt with some roastiness an bittersweet coffee and chocolate. A bit of flavoring hops to round things out a bit. Another nice big beer from this fine brewery.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, 2012 vintage listed at 10% ABV. Iíll stick the rating here for the time being.
Pours deep mahnogany in the glass that shows through as a cleat copper when held up to light. Thereís a small fizzy tan head that doesnít stick around long.
Aroma is sugary sweet with caramalized sugar, toffee, and some overripe dark fruits.
Taste has a slight bitterness up front with at least a hint of hops which is more than I got in the nose. Itís still mostly about the caramelized sugars and malt sweetness with light vanilla and toffee notes.
Mouthfeel is slick and smooth with low carbonation and little bitterness. Itís probably a tad lighter bodied than most in the style.
A solid if unspectacular barleywine with little complexity but a nice sweet body with some fruity notes.
beernbourbon (1310) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Peter at STL RB gathering. Pour is a deep clear copper with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor are caramel malt, light brown sugar, a touch of bitterness, distant pumpkin, and a light alcohol burn. Finish does also have some resinous hoppy notes. Solid brew that hides 10.5% well.
phaleslu (6608) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle via BA trade. 2011 vintage. Pours a clear, brown-hued amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of resinous, earthy hops, toffee, dried fruits, caramel malts, and maybe a hint of tobacco. Flavor of resinous hops, sweet malts, toasted brown sugar, crackers, and mild spice. Medium-bodied, with a resinous mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Very good barleywine, and the hop character has held up well in the bottle.
jandd1983 (2619) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the StL RB gathering. It poured a red color with a small white head. The aroma was of brown sugar, molasses and roasted malt. The flavor was of brown sugar, alcohol, chocolate, molasses, maple syrup and vanilla. A very good Barley Wine.
seymour (1456) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted from cool wax-dipped bottle at 2nd STL Ratebeer Gathering, thanks phaleslu. Poured a clear, dark reddish-brown color with off-white foam, long-lasting with excellent Belgian lace. About as beautiful as beer can look. Aromas of bread, caramelized brown sugar, refined hops, smooth alcohol. Rich malt flavor, toffee, brown bread, zesty and bitter hops. Tart bittersweet aftertaste. Delicious.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - Sampled at STL RB Gathering) deep amber with tan head. Sweet toffee aroma. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, toffee, slightly atringent.
vyvvy (4025) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at STL RB Gathering - Pours tawny brown with a beige head. The aroma has toffee, heavy bread, lots of toast, caramel and somehow there is a char taste without it having a roasty malt taste. Medium / full body thatís a bit rough with lots of minor carbonation. The flavor starts with the aroma notes with spicy/earthy hops and stone fruit. The finish has a lot of spicy hoppiness and a bit of a bite. Good barley wine.