Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by someone at Glimmerglass pre BCTC ’08. (Sam?) Thanks! Poured hazy brown with a very thin tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel and some sweet dark fruits. Tastes of dark fruits, sweet caramel, mild citrus hops, and sweet sticky mouth feel. Hides the alcohol quite well.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked 750. After a bit of effort, the cork comes out with a loud high pitched pop. Pours a deep red with a huge off-white head. Absolutely one of the prettier beers you’ll see. Actually looks sort of like a belgian with that huge head. Some brown sugar and caramel in the aroma. Maybe a hint of plum. The flavor is slightly woody and very dry. I feel like this beer is instantly vaporizing the saliva from my mouth. I had to strain to pick up a little bit of late molasses at the finish. There is almost no alcohol presence. I don’t know why, but the more I drink this the more it reminds me of a good strong Belgian ale and not a Barley Wine at all.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy mgumby10. Cloudy brown color, thin, even layer of light tan head. Moderately sweet caramel and earthy hop aroma, odd citric notes in the background. Real low-key taste compared to the aroma - nice balance of earthy hops and sweetness, very little alcohol heat and not overly sweet. Above average BW.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
22, capped. Thanks, RiversideAK! Pours clear, coppery dark amber with a dense cloud of bubbles that settle out to a lacy off-white ring of foam. Caramel, brown sugar, fruit in the aroma. Creamy medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes dry and a little hot.
bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle, courtesy of Mar) Pours a cloudy reddish-brown body with a tight thick beige head. Aroma of black grapes, raisins, dates, molasses, brown sugar, and dried cherries. Flavor of molasses, dark fruit (dates, raisins), brown sugar, toasted malt, and floral hops.
after4ever (7539) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22, capped. Thanks, RiversideAK! Pours murky dark brown. Thin gray rim. Mild brown sugar, caramel, and cinnamon nose. Creamy medium body. Caramel, butterscotch, and cinnamon again on the mid-palate. Some resiny bitterness creeps in at the end.
mar (5239) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
april 2008 bottle thanks to KP. deep chocolate brown pour with a nice cream rocky hard. malty, raisins and dried fruits on the nose. very easy on the palate with flavors of fruits and sugar. very smooth finish that hides the alcohol quite well.
dchmela (3008) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to MGumby10 for this one. Chunky brown caramel pour with a thin white head. Lots of caramel and brown sugar aroma. Big bold caramel malt, spicy hops. Slightly hot finish, but very tasty.
TURDFERGUSON (4043) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. I quite enjoyed this barley wine made right here in the great state of North Carolina. Flavor was sweet, with some grapefruit, nice caramel malts, and a bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. I had heard this one was way too hot, but I didn’t find the alcohol to be too distracting.
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Murky, caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, off-white head and thousands of small, white floaties tooling about the glass. Good retention. Cereal grain, corn and caramel are dominant in the nose. Full-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and energetic carbonation. Caramel and lightly vinous notes. Dark fruit, thin finish. Kudos to mgumby10 for popping the top on this one!