markwise (4310) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear amber with a khaki head. Nose is caramel, raisins, booze, figs, and sugar/ honey. Flavor starts off fizzy then comes in with caramel, hops , barleywine fruits, and finishes off with some more hops. Medium-bodied and somewhat fizzy. Nice BW.
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, chestnut brown body with a very frothy, tall, off-white head.
Smell: Sweetish, caramel-minded aroma with a distinct waft of alcohol and lesser notes of bread and citrus pith.
Taste: Slightly bready maltiness with a middling amount of caramel sweetness. Touch of citrus. Resounding, resinous hop bitterness. Pinch of freshly-grated spices. Hint of candied lemon peel on the otherwise bitter, somewhat boozy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: Ask me again in a few years.
unclemattie (4034) - Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, caged and corked. Medium brown. Foamy white head. Plain malt aroma. Flavor is way to big. Heavy bodied BW with big alcohol. Heavy, strong. Not the best, but well.
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.
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, 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.
emacgee (3875) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber Iíve had for like 2 years now. Pours a copper amber with one finger of creamy sandstone head. Rich dextrinous malt character, caramel bread and lots of spicy notes. Rich and malt forward flavor with a lasting hop bite. Medium bitterness and full bodied with a warming finish. Tasty but not panty dropping...
IrishBoy (3753) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared on RBSG Tour Bus. Hazy rust with a small glass lacing beige head. Nose of berries, toffee, and oak. Flavor of hop bitterness, toffee, and alcohol.
Butters (3685) - 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.
SSSteve (3664) - - AUG 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
murky brown with excellent lined lacing under a big creamy beige head. aroma of caramel, alcohol, citrus hops, and some sour green apple. flavor sweetens up a bit with brown sugar, caramel, peppery spiciness, hints of alcohol . very carbonated which gives it a distracting foamy mouthfeel.
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle probably bought at Bruisin Ales. High ABV not totally hidden, but who cares. Sweet barley wine that is very nice and drinkable - shareable as well - at this ABV. Lovely.