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.
bhensonb (10354) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Timfoolery. Pours dark brown with an orange tan head. Aroma is heavy brown sugar with some distinctive med dark fruit. Near full bodied. Flavor is sort of woody, treacle with hints of fig and raisin. Pretty tasty.
marcus (6018) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours orange brown with a transient tan head and a chocolate and whiskey aroma. There is a rich dark molasses flavor with a warm alcohol trail. Goes well with bleu cheese.
oRos (1005) - sacramento, California, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours brown with tan head. Dark fruit aroma with heavy malt. Taste some booze. Dark fruits. raisins. Roasted malts. Some wood
BeerandBlues2 (9097) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle at home. Pours fairly clear tawny to brown with a small, large bubbled, frothy tan head, medium retention with spare lacing. Aroma is caramel, nutty and toast malt, vanilla, rum, light coconut, prunes and figs with peppery alcohol and spicy, earthy hops. Flavor is caramel and nutty malt forward, toast malt notes, dark candied fruits, light earthy and spicy hops, peppery alcohol, medium hop bitterness, balanced toward sweet malt, clean, and a sweet yet drying finish. Full body, medium carbonation, and light alcohol warming.
Advocate_Ames (390) - 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 (1281) - 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 (5029) - 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 (4478) - 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 (1716) - 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 (8275) - 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.