Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008 (I think) 750mL bottle. Poured a lovely shade of clear garnet with a creamy, sticky, well-retained beige head. The aroma was on the sweet side with aged darker fruits, vinous notes, and molasses leading.. almost syrupy, with a hint of aspartame on the back.. the sweetness did mask the warmth well. The flavor found a lot of sugars at the core, with molasses, green grapes, and English toffee at the forefront.. not much bitterness to note, but apparent degradation hinted that there was some a year or two ago.. warmth rode out the finish over a grainy bed of fruit and toffee sugars.. an odd sharper bitterness popped up right at the very end, knocking it down a notch of enjoyment. Medium-bodied with rolling carbonation fighting with the sharp stuff at times.. thick and almost chewy over the last fifth or so, making it a little hard to get down.. warmed up the belly.. not bad.
zizzybalubba (1253) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from Appalachian Vintner in Asheville. Dark amber colored pour with a thin off-white head. Delicious aroma; notes of whiskey, wood, vanilla, and oranges. The flavor is a bit on the sweet side, however. Sugary sweet brown sugar, maple syrup, and a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel is right where it should be for a barley wine of this ABV. Itís too bad the taste did not match the aroma but this is still a good barley wine.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours the color of maple syrup with a nice sized white head. This flavors and nose make it clear this is English-style...very sweet, a bit sticky, and a low to medium level of carbonation. Itís a bit hot and could probably use some age to mellow out as this was a fresh bottle. I typically like a more hopped up American version of a barleywine and this one would be better with age, but for a fresh, sweet Barleywine, it is quite good.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Bottle - Thanks JohnGalt1!! - Pours a clear copper with a small lt orange head...aroma is sweet and grainy, cherry, citrus peel and hops, caramel...flavour is similar, sweet brown sugar, alcohol, resiny bitterness and burnt sugar...seems a bit messy and doesnít really come together like I hoped, but good to try...
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big butterscotch aroma right up front. Flavor is medium sweet with a good hit of brown sugar and a firmly hoppy finish. A bit abrasive, perhaps it will mellow with some time in the bottle.
Gmku (293) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I find the sweetness just slightly cloying but otherwise this is a fine barleywine.
kuphish (378) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle courtesy of EithCubes. Pours a clear, deep amber body with an average, foamy, off-white head. Aroma is full of caramel and American hops. Some raisin, plum and cherry. Somewhat muddy. Dark fruit comes forth in the flavor with more caramel. Somewhat more pronounced and rounded flavors than in the aroma. Light alcohol presence. Full body with average carbonation for the style. Malty with a nice bitter presence and a raisiny finish. Some alcohol warmth. Overall pretty nice, but Iím kind of done after about 8 oz. Mr. Cubes, are you stealing my lines?
EithCubes (4404) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
If memory serves, this corked-and-caged 750 was from dchmela circa October 2008, had here mid-March 2010. Smells like a barleywine, thatís for sure. Huge, huge caramel notes, big but dulled Ami hops. Dark copper pour with a lacing, sudsy beige head. Taste is lightly bitter, lightly sweet, well-attenuated, though, some butterscotch. Faint plum and almost some ash in the back. Fully nearly-syrup body, aftertaste is moderately dry. Thereís some good complexity here, and certainly some nice intensity, but itís hard to rate this in the upper echelon, as Iím already tired of it after about eight ounces. Alcohol is well under control, at least.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
April 2008 bottle. Caramelized grain aroma, this sample from the bottom of the bottle is murky and dark brown. Smooth and rich, little sharp alcohol, mostly creamy caramel with a waxy finish.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from April 2008. Iíd heard this one was wicked hot to start out, and Iím glad I waited on it because this is a nice, mellow English-style barleywine. Murky amber pour with a medium creamy head. The nose is still rather sharp, with some hop bite and a touch of sweet heat. Toffee and a bit of molasses lead things off in the taste, which soon settles into a firmly malty BW with a nice mix between the brown sugar and the grit of the hops. Smooth and dangerously drinkable, I enjoyed this one.