Damico (2508) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark unclear amber with a big creamy beige head. Aroma brings smooth sweet barleywine malts. This is a super well balanced barleywine. It has a nice blend of winter spices, subtle, but mainly a smooth lightly sweetened barleywine malt backbone, not overbearing, with smooth light chocolatey malt caramel flavors.
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Murky brown pour with a small sized tan head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, toasted nuts, and cocoa. Tastes of caramel, nuts, some rotted fruits, and some earthiness. Softer body with the alcohol well hidden.
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle, shared by Ed at ChurchKey. Minimal off-white head atop clear dark red-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, chocolate, some alcohol, maple, raisin. Taste is sweet, maple/caramel, plum, some chocolate. Sticky full body, low carbonation.
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 20, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Ed, thank you sir! Hazy brownish maroon, tan edge head. Aroma of Christmas spice anx brown bread. Taste is nicely spiced toasted pumpernickel. Far more creative than your average barleywine.
TheEpeeist (3289) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz bottle. Deep purple brown with a coating crema head. Nose is strawberry preserves, caramel, raisin, banana and wood. Medium body with zesty, biting carb. Hot with sticky lips. Taste is kind of like it smells but berry note is more earthy with a bitter, grassy finish. Quite boozy, at times medicinal; different, good.
cbfobes (2273) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared in the GTMW ticket line, pours a dark brown with a tan head and a little bit of lacing, aroma has quite a bit of sweetness with caramel and malt, a little bit of dark fruit as well, the flavor was sweet which was expected, some dark fruits in the finish, the abv was tasted though and wasn’t completely hidden.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle via trade. Very murky mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma of toffee, dates, vanilla and dough. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, alcohol, dried fruit, fruity esters and a light tartness. Medium body with a slightly syrupy mouth feel. Good big sweet English style barley wine, very rich, share this one.
daknole (8941) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour, tan head. Flavors of brown sugar, figs, dates, bruleed sugar, very light hops, sugar cookies. Pretty good...although the ratings may show that this one isnt holding up so well.
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
My second 750ml bottle and this one served in my Big Arse Tripel Karmeliet tulip: Mahagany hued with a mostly lasting initial huge head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of raisins, toffee, cotton candy, brown sugar, roast, sour cherries and some acetic notes along with tobacco and earthy notes. Hints of flowers, dill, and cardamom as well. The taste is a hodgepodge of sweet, sour and spice more like a BAD BELGIAN STRONG ale than a Barleywine (English or American). This is cloy sweet with a infected midsection and a fakes spicy finish. DRAIN POUR. Two bottles and the same thing. Utter waste of monies like most of the big bottle offerings from this brewery.
DocLock (7731) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 from Capone’s. Pours thick and muddy brown with minimal head. Nose was big figgy and raisiny fruit, earthy nutty brown sugar, caramel, toffee. Tastes fruity, with a big fig and prune flavor, some mid-palate tartness, some earthy brown sugar, and a fruity tart finish.