blankboy (7227) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[My bottle (650ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o Glouglouburp. 2009 vintage] Pours a murky copper-gold with a spare bubbly white head. Nice aroma of bready malt, toffee, hops, some light sugary sweetness and alcohol. Flavour follows the aroma: Bready malt, tooffee, hops, alcohol and adds dark fruit and a bitter finish. Medium bodied. Quite good, not amazing but really nice.
MadRobin (2815) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The 2011 edition poured from 22 oz. bottle after cellaring for over 2 years.
Hazy, rusty orange with a 3-finger khaki head and very good lacing.
Aroma of caramel, bitter citrus, toffee, some dark fruit and a hint of tobacco.
Taste of caramel, citrus, toffee, raisins and brown sugar.
Full body and low/medium carbonization.
Well over 2 years of aging and the hops still persist and play a significant role.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Bulk_Carrier (3742) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 edition, well here goes.
This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a fairly nice looking dark brown close to a black colored body with a fairly decent one finger foamy head that quickly died down and left barely any lacing.
The smell, whoah, okay, I know this is from 2013, but hey where did those bitter citrusy hops come from, ah, well, honestly, it doesn’t bother me, and ya know, I actually like what this one does to the beer. Here’s what I actually get on the smell: a nice light citrusy to somewhat tobacco to a little bit of vanilla to caramel-ness in an invasive sort of manner.
The taste was semi-bitter and somewhat sweet through the hops and the malts but nothing over the top for the most part.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium with actually a fairly decent sessionability about this one (hah, a barleywine, honestly, I think I could have another, what’s the ABV on this one? Did it slightly die on me a bit since this is from 2013?)
Overall, heck yeah, I’d have this again. Despite SN making a very good American Barleywine, well, this one can definitely back it up in style.
Mrnoluv (302) - long beach, California, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m not a barley wine fan but this one is very mild and smooth. Does have the bitter edge to it on the swallow and a nice little burn.
bth122 (1498) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber bottle while in FL. Huge caramel malt with floral hops. Medium bitterness. Bitter finish. Caramel. Pretty good.
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JustDrinkIt (261) - Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown pour with quickly fading foam. Aroma is massively hoppy for a barley wine, some citrus and candied fruit. Flavor carries from the aroma, lots of dry woody notes, alcohol, brandied fruit.
andrewje41 (2872) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 draft pour at the brewery. Smooth and delicious brew with malty and nutty aroma and flavor. Has a slighty roasted finish. Very impressed.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bottle for $10 @ Bottles in Spokane, WA
2007 vintage poured from bottle to snifter.
A: Little to no head development, as expected from this three year ale. Shows dark copper ale with consistent stream of bubbles which dissipate almost immediately to the atmosphere.
S: Caramel, vanilla, pine, figs dominate this ale. Multifaceted, this beer gives at different levels. As my nose moves from the lowest point to highest, each primary characteristic owns a layer and mends with the background. Excited to taste.
T: Bitter. Too bitter. At three years of age, I expect BW’s to develop a level of sweetness accentuated with the finest details of the specialty malts mixed into the backbone, but not here. If you can trudge through the mud of bitter thorns, you’ll find orange rinds, vanilla, resin, grapefruit.
M: Low carbonation, slick feeling, puckers my buds with the bitterness. Sad thing. I swallow and it makes me develop a low level mucus bolus (similar to a loogy after milk).
D: At $10, and three years of development, this beer should at least be better than average. At this juncture, I feel bad I snatched up all three bottles they had, and gave two away for Xmas. Now I’m have to apologize.
All this being said, maybe this beer is great fresh. Given the amount of hops obviously used early in the boil, one would hope they followed through with more mid boil and finishing hops for more body flavor. For now though, can’t hang with this one from a brewery with great beers.
Serving type: bottle
TBone (16163) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vintage 2009. Slightly hazy nut brown color, small brown head. Sherryish nutty aroma. Medium to full bodied. Toffee, nutty maltyness, some bitterness in the aftertaste. Mellow barley wine (after 3 yrs).
AdamChandler (4518) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2006 and 2011 side-by-side. ’06 was better with more oak and fig tastes. Fairly dry, almost no hop presence left. The 2011 tasted like I was drinking alcoholic green tea.