IrishBoy (4071) - 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.
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - 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.
Butters (4020) - 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 (4006) - - 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.
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. I’d heard this one was wicked hot to start out, and I’m 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.
chinchill (3879) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz serving at the brewery. This is a fine barleywine that feels and tastes like it has a bit of aging. Not much head to cover the clear copper body. High ABV fairly well hidden.
theisti (3734) - Kansas, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle provided by beastiefand2k. Pour is ruby orange, slightly hazed, with a one inch off white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of fusil alcohol, caramel honey sweetness. Some Vanilla notes. Nice nose. Taste is sharp alcohol, bright vanilla, brown sugar, caramel. Taste is not quite as pleasant as the nose, mostly the alcohol jumps out a lot more in the taste. Palate is medium, with sharp residual alcohol. Thanks for sharing this Eugene.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz bottle. Clear, deep garnet brown that kicks up some bone froth. Nose is sweet red berries, toffee apple and a touch of grass. Medium light body, a tad thin, with a faint tingle. Taste is caramel, orange peel and rose water. Bitter pithy finish.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Barley’s in Asheville, NC. Attractive hazy ruby color with foamy off white head that laced the glass. Fruity nose reminiscent of raspberry, sprucy hops, and alcohol. Sweet up front, but not cloyingly so, again with a hint of raspberry, dried cherry, and alcohol. Tangy finish. Tasty.
smith4498 (3455) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear copper color with tan head. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar and earthy hops. Sweet caramel and brown sugar flavors with mild bitterness. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.