1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2011 2011 bottle purchased at Pelican. Pours to a deep mahogany body with a thin tan head. The aroma is sweet barley and a nice caramel. Subtle toffee. The flavor is deep caramel with a grain dust and sweet malt. Brown sugar with a light banana. Subtle clove. The palate is medium full bodied and a touch boozy. This would likely age well, but wasn’t my favorite fresh. 7, 4, 6, 4, 13 = 3.4
2005 vintage tasted 6 years later. Pours to a really deep garnet body with a tan head. The aroma is super good. Smells similar to the 2000 vintage blitering idiot that I had back in the day. Deep leathery tobacco and aged malts. Nougat and sweet caramel with some brown sugar molasses. The flavor is also really good. Deeply aged malts that have a lot of tobacco, sweet molasses, and caramel. The alcohol content is EXTREMELY well hidden. The flavors meld perfectly. Tastes like it is barrel aged, but apparently not. Not boozy at all, but has an oak and vanilla like note. I was not expecting this beer on a Monday. The palate is super full bodied. Sweet and thick. Lingering flavors that ooze sexiness. 6/20/2011 - 10, 4, 10, 5, 19 = 4.8
Caskalefan (136) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Absolutely tremendous berry profile...blackberry, blueberry, marionberry , boysenberry, and lingonberry.
There’s also some rhubarb, and a reasonably hefty helping of very floral hops to dry out the finish.
The body is slightly syrupy, but not overly so.
I like this even more than Mother of all Storms.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2009 07 bottle, had this in October 08. Pours cloudy dark Amber/brown color with no head and minimal carbo. Sweet malty, dark fruit aroma w/ vanilla and caramel bustin through. The taste was the same. Sweet with nice malty flavors..My type of BW. Not good, Great!!
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber. Poured clear deeper garnet with a short, but well-retained yellowy-beige head. The aroma was huge and in charge, with warm raisins and plums over a bed of molasses.. some soapy floral hops somehow remained, peppery notes on the back of the nose.. excellent! The flavor found prickly carbonation, black pepper, and raisins on the tip of the tongue, with molasses, biscuit, and aged caramel settling in behind.. broken-down hops over more molasses and fruit on the long, warm finish. Heavy-bodied with lower carbonation on the palate.. balance was near-perfect.. warmed the belly and the nostrils after the swallow.. exactly what I want out of my barley wine!
Emil (6069) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. A dark red brown beer with a beige head. The aroma is rich and malty, caramel, rye bread and hops. So is the taste, light alcoholic. Full body with a dry alcoholic finish. Great !!!
zizzybalubba (1254) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle from Belmont Station in Portland, OR (2011 bottle). Cola-like dark brown pour with a thin khaki head. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, and light floral hops. The flavor contains caramel, toffee, brown sugar, tangerine, and oak mostly and its as if each mouthful is lightly coated in chocolate. Some alcohol warming. One of the best barley wines I have ever had.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I think I liked this one the best of all. This is a perfect winter sipper, the location is perfect, this is almost a perfect barleywine. Lots of molasses, sweet brown sugar, and some fruit complexity. Reminds me of fine Madeira, a great after dinner, that is very warming on a cold winter night.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
C&PLYFOTD: Bottle, courtesy JMFG. Dark reddish brown pour, creamy tan lacing. Strong notes of dry, grainy caramel and a slight soy component, but not oxidized. Very spicy, full of flavors, tons of caramel, vanilla and some oak, as well as some smoke. Alcohol is hidden well, but still has a touch of heat. Full-bodied, very awesome.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 11, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
10/10/2009. 22oz bottle. Pours an ominous dark red... it almost wants to be brown. Rich intertwining aroma of fruitcake crusts and sherry. Reminds me of a slightly cleaner version of Thomas Hardy. Sweet sweet caramel, toffee and hint of toasted malt comes through in the viscous mouthfeel... long and meandering... followed by a well balanced subdued but moreish bitterness. A slight medicinal flashback from the alcohol warmth and malt sweetness doesn’t detract from this beer, it only throws an extra positive thought its way: it must be restorative. Perfect Sunday evening company with the kids asleep, dinner on its way and Arab Strap on the stereo.
TimE (2792) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark brown color, white head, huge dark chocolate , brown sugar, burnt raisins, truffles, dark cherries, brownies, caramel, slight alcohol burn in the nose. Very full bodied rich, lots of dark fruit and brownies, tons of truffles, raisins , very very rich well balanced. Lingering truffles and dark chocholate drowned in brown sugar and molasses. Fucking incredible.
Earlier Rating: 12/16/2007 Total Score: 4.1
An intensely rich, thick and syrupy brew showing signs of burnt raisins, port, brown sugar, caramel and milk chocolate. The alcohol is definetely noticeable in the finish, but it just shows that even after two years this baby could rest another five, before it needs to wake up. The malt backbone seemed to be somewhat German, which was odd for the style, but it seemed to work.