fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009 On RBSG 09 BUS. Thanks kp. Poured hazy brownish amber, caramel, citrus, wood, vanilla, dark fruits, little alcohol.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark brown pour with a thick foamy beige head. Aroma of honey, berry and alcohol. Creamy texture with roast caramel and berry.
MmmcKay (1049) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasting at Butters 6th cellar reduction. Brown sugar and alcohol. 2nd Barrios notes. Wish the spice notes came through a bit more. Little too much sugar here. Still smooth and easy to drink. Pretty tasty.
Butters (3661) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the 6th Cellar Reduction. Near clear dark purple with reddish highlights and some small floating particulate, and decent white head with fair lacing. Terrific plum, mild alcohol, rum soaked fruits, cherries, candied malt. Very excellent job of hiding the abv. Great label and name. Great barlywine.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an off-white lacing head with a copper-amber body. Smells of brown sugar and alcohol. Flavor is brown sugar and mellow spice hops. Finish is nice and bitter.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2009 Thanks to JCB for the 750ml bottle. Probably about 8 months old. Clear orange/copper with a large head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar and toffee; maybe a little floral hops and dark fruit, but the star of this show is all the sugar. Fairly sweet, alcohol is well covered. Medium mouthfeel. I probably should have cracked this sooner to get the full hops effect.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from kp. Thanks! Enjoyed this the inaugural Liquid Sunshine Tasting at bitbucketís house. I believe if I remember correctly suzygreenberg was sitting on my right, bvc to the left, bitbucket across the table, after4ever was at the end and there were tons of other cool dudes there too. Bob cooks good burgers too. Beer poured light copper. The aroma was a mix of malt and hops. Somewhat sweet with hops. Light booze in the finish. A good brew. Hold up... I canít rate this remedial... The aroma was a little lighter, especially when compared to the barleywines we had before. A touch fruit, caramel, light grapefruit and floral hops. Caramel, floral hops, moderate sweetness, the carbonation is rather bright for a BW too.. My only complaint is that it seemed to be a bit subdued for the style. Still nice though.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
08 750ml corked and caged via TheBeerSommilier. After staring into my cellar like a zombie, I chose to open this, because I needed a big beer and I wanted a new rating and they came together in the form of hellbender. Drank from one of my reidel snifters. Pours rich orange with a creamy tan head. Nose is sweet and rich and smells pretty damn nice now with some hops in there too. Taste is hoppy, sweet and rich with a prickly mouth feel and a slight back end warming. I gotta say this hits the spot.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Deep reddish amber with a large off white head. Caramel and fruit aromas predominate, with a backdrop of hoppiness. Smooth, medium body and carbonation, a bit sticky. Tends toward sweetness with plenty of malt flavors, but sufficient hop balance to round out the finish. Pretty decent, a solid offering from this Western NC brewer.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a deep amber with a very large frothy head- over carbed for a BW. Aroma is sharp dark crystal malts, toasty caramel, lot sof dark fruits, and a good relatively fresh hop presence. Lots of hops in the flavor lead it to become a bit bitter in the end- still lots of deep dark sharp crystal malts, toffee, a bit of molasses, somewhat green and earthy as well. Higher carbonation giv es it a lively mouthfeel and not quite what I would expect in a BW. Pretty good but not outstanding.