jkwood04 (4327) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the brewery. Pours deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel and toffee and nutty malts, and a light bitterness. Flavor the same with hints of alcohol. Smoother texture. A decent barley wine.
troyc (2857) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Tap] Draught at the brewpub. Reddish amber in color without much head to it. Caramel, molasses and brown sugar in the nose. More of the same in the taste. Also hints of vanilla, alcohol and figs. Hops are present, but not as forward as I expected. Sticky and coating mouthfeel.
dinkle50 (1043) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown pour with a thin head. Aroma is very sweet. Lots of sugar. Taste is also very sweet. Full of candy and vanilla. Very bitter aftertaste. Full mouth.
JoePeesie (897) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep amber brown with a touch of cream head. Nose and taste a dry and malty at the front tart and sweet at the finish. Not hot at all which is a bit surprising. Great beer wish I could snag a growler w/o getting killed by the wifey!
Theis (13986) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Piece Brewpub, Chicago. Clear amber/brown - offwhite head. Sweet malty. Barley. Citrus. Toasted. Cookie. Light alcoholic. Light wooden dry notes. Cocoa. Berries. Nice.
deyholla (7370) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewpub. Pours a clear amber with a brown hue and a gray head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a sweet apple with backing sweet grains, caramel and a hint of toffee. Flavor is quite sweet with caramel and cookie with backing light fruit and alcohol.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep brown, slightly ruby tinted body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is grapefruits and medium sweet caramels up front with some toffee backing, pines, earth, a good amount of mixed fruit, a light toast, and some brown sugar. Flavor is similar. Sweeter caramels and toffees up front with the mixed fruits and cherry. Some toast and grapefruit hops grow in the middle with earth and light pines. Finishes dry and moderately bitter with a mix of florals, fruit, earth, caramel, toffee, and some grain. Lengthy aftertaste following a smooth, full body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid barley wine. Nice caramel malt backing with a good amount of hops to balance and some mixed fruits. Easy drinking and pretty creamy with no hint of alcohol. Nice one.
TheAlum (6053) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich brownish pour, touches of glow in the body show fiery light, but darker overall. No glow on the edges with a frothy tannish head, sits and laces small, a decent ring overall. Aromas are mellow oak and spirit, gentle sweet caramel, toffee, and oak. Touches of vanilla, spirit, and sweet toffee, touches of cherries. Initial is sweeter, full bodied with a healthy dose of cherries, sweet caramel, moving into gentle oak, spirit. Offering sweetness, a medium bodied that preaches caramel, toffee, toast, and touches of dark fruit. Gentle orange, mellow sweetness, spice is minimal. Fairly sweet, but balanced for the style. Solid, but not what I was necessarily looking for at dinner. Big brooding and firm, good flavors, rich darker malts, but not into the roasty realm. A true winter sipper.
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this on tap into a tasting glass at Piece. The look is a little down, light brown that is pretty clear and gives off an oily sheen. Light tan head not much there to speak of. This beer starts to get special on the aroma. Tons of sweet bourbon which is just so nice and easy to take in. There is a little oak and vanilla, and a bw finish of hops. The taste is pretty much the same and just as awesome. Superb sweet bouron and oak with a hoppy finish. Nice warm finish on the beer but a little light. Not sure I could drink a ton of this but give me half a snifter and at 13% all will be alright.
2010 is much much better than 2011.
JaBier (5094) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Piece. Hazy amber/brown pour with a medium beige head. Hoppy nose that’s slightly messy with some malt at the end. Grainy and caramelly malt flavor with some alcohol before a citrusy hop finish.