allfreej (550) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at Otto's. Poured into a snifter.
Dark copper pour with a light tan head. Really nice lacing.
The nose is raisins and alcohol. No hop character.
Flavor is raisin, treacle toffee, and a warm alcohol finish. A lightly bitter aftertaste though without any hop character.
Full mouthfeel. Light carbonation.
A nice Barleywine. Just the thing to end an evening with. I'd be curious to taste it a couple of years down the road, but it's good right now.
---Rated via Beer Buddy from my iPad.
SudsMcDuff (5658) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served through handpump @ Otto’s brewpub, in the not closed down location location, in State College,PA .. . deep murky bog brown .. . amazing foam! .. . soft carbonation .. a pretty hefty beer, quite hot- strong honey and heaps of malt .. a beer that is hard to get through a glass of .. . . Acclaimed!? I oughta replace it right now with a Chinese cartoon where the robots that turn into... blingwads!
DiarmaidBHK (3161) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hand pump at brewpub. Pours light brown with a thick inch of khaki foam. Served at room temperature which kpens things up. Big alcohol on the nose with some nice malt notes. Lots of alcohol on the tongue with vanilla notes creeping in. Finishes clean.
jar72404 (426) - USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at brewpub. Hazy gold with thick cream head. Aroma is caramel and slight mustiness--strange. Flavor is sweet caramel, brown sugar, and wood (almost tastes like a barrel-aged barleywine). Delicious.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Otto’s. Pours a slightly hazed, deeper orange-amber colored body with a finger-width, very creamy and frothy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is very sweet. Sugar coated grapefruits with a medium-sharp pine and some florals. Date cookies and a toasty, thicker toffee with a light booze. Flavor is similar. Very sweet with a nice amount of hoppiness thanks to the sugar covered grapefruit pines. Thicker caramels and toasty toffees with sweet cookie malts. Prunes and dates with a light booze as this finishes dry, but rich and malty with a moderate bitterness. Medium length aftertaste after a full, thicker, silky smooth body and very light carbonation. Overall, a sweet, but solid barley wine. Nice, big body and sweet citrus hoppiness.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Otto’s. Dark mahogany with a full white head. Sweet nose of lemon cookie and prune given balance by a dry malt, some wood, and hints of alcohol. The flavor is sweeter, showing alcohol again but also more prune, wood, brown sugar, and dates. Warming and silky, rich and balanced. Best Otto’s beer I’ve had.
JaBier (4532) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the brewpub. Cloudy orange/copper pour with a thin off-white head. Boozy nose that’s kinda solventy with some corn and soft fruit. Boozy flavor (although not as solventy) with some apricot and barley.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at brewpub. Poured a cloudy copper in color with a small dense head that left little lacing on the glass. Aroma is generally sweet with malts, citrus, and toffee. Light alcohol presence in the nose. Tastes of sweet malts, brown sugar, orange citrus, toffee, caramel, with a medium hop finish. Also in the finish there was some warming. Pretty nice.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From growler. Pours hazy copper color void of any head. Aroma is sweet malts, alcohol, orange. Flavor is brown sugar, caramel, alcohol, orange, vanilla. Palate is full to medium bodied, slightly watery for a BW, mild carbonation, finished sweet. Somewhat lacking, I realize this is bottled from a cask, so I didn’t expect much in the way of carbonation and mouthfeel, however I didn’t think the flavor would be distracted. I was not terribly impressed by this offering, decent but far from great.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nip hand bottle. Fairly sweet and boozy initially on the nose. Candied orange peel. Thick, decadent melted toffee. Brown sugar. Spicy hops. A slight musty and wet wood component that seems a bit out of place amongst the rich and chewy sweetness. Pours a still, thick copper gold. Rather nice actually. Quite boozy on the tongue. Slightly metallic. Spicy and vibrant hops that seem a bit out of place here. Alcohol soaked orange peel. Toffee and caramel, but not nearly as sweet and as decadent as the nose would lead me to believe. Chewy and viscous on the tongue. Finishes with a pretty big blast of alcohol hotness. Decent but slightly underwhelming. Thanks Eben!