julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not the top barley wine I believe (need to do a side by side tasting to really tell). Sweet flavour of caramel, bread, dried fruits, hops and grass. Dry hoppy finish.
chinchill (2999) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2015 22 oz shared bottle.
Hazy brown body with a good head.
Sweet aroma with partly hidden alcohol.
The alcohol is obvious in tasting but blends nicely with the sweet malts.
Has more hops and is less sweet than the Clown Shoes Crunkle Sam that preceded it.
JMCtime (75) - Washington, USA - APR 26, 2015
1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Intensely floral with a bit of bitterness. The floral is not balanced out at all making it rather hard to drink.
tderoeck (6212) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2015 14/II/15 - 1Pt.6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBWG IV (Beerlover_Ben’s place) - BB: n/a, 2012 vintage (2015-208) Thanks to JefVerstraete for sharing the bottle!
Little hazy red brown beer, irregular creamy beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, bit nutty, sugary, dried fruits. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: sweet malty start, caramel, nutty, fruity touch, pretty nice!. Aftertaste: soft hop bitterness, citrus, some exotic fruits, bit sourish, caramel, sweet finish.
VastActiv (3952) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Pike Brewing. 2010, 2013,2014 vintage samplers. Colour is cloudy reddish brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, raisins, dryness, hops and malts. 2014: Hoppiest one, little bit of pungent, definitely too young. 3.7. 2013: Dark and dry fruits dominate, very soft and enjoyable. 3.9. 2010: Getting woody and fruit profile is getting simpler. Not too old yet. 3.8. Total points 3.8.
Westchesterco (1390) - mclean, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured from a bottle cloudy orange color no head the aroma is caramel the taste is malty and bitter
Iphonephan (4490) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a cloudy copper with an ecru head. Aroma of caramel malts. Flavors of citrus and candi sugar with some smoky notes. Smooth, slightly boozy finish.
JefVerstraete (2091) - Ghent, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a trade. Many thanks Kump! Orange colour, small white head. Aroma of caramel, hops, dark sugar and sweet maltiness. Medium carbonation. Good barley wine.
77ships (5405) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to JefVerstraete! Bomber sampled @ RBBWG IV. Double waxed! They first waxed the bottle & then they waxed the wax! How Spinal Tap. Dark amber, small off-white head. Nose is liquorish, varnish, sweet herbal, chemcials, paint. Taste is varnish, boozy, bitter herbal, orange peel, varnish, bitter marmalade. Oily, varnish-like body. Little carbonation. Too little nuance + varnish-like notes. Acceptable in general.
Benzai (10100) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ RBBWG 2015 shared by JefVerstraete. Nice red color, small white to off-white head. Smell and taste malts, sweetness, liquor. Medium body and carbonation. I know, short rating, but I was overwhelmed. Insane beer at an insane tasting.
ElManana (1086) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBBWG shared by JefVerstraete. Pours orange with a big head. Bit sour, bourbon, vanilla, malts, caramel.