darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2008
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of mgumby (I think).
Definitely the best smelling barley wine I’ve come across. Aroma is a bit like whiskey soaked caramels. A bit of chocolate and a small touch of citrus that must be from the hops. Pours a dark amber with a reddish hue. Handsome looking beer. Taste has a bit of alcohol and bitter hops up front with a really awesome long caramel malt finish. Very tasty and quite drinkable considering the ABV. A quality barley wine.
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark ruby/tofee color with a small tan head. Rich caramel aroma with a citrus hops. Citrus/fruity hop flavor with some pine and sweet caramel backing. A bit of some darker malts. Summer fruit/cherry lingering with some sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable and comes on at the finish pretty strong. Time will tell if this gets better. Medium body.
OldMrCrow (2157) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours deep red caramel, bubbles clinging for a long time to the edges of the class. Where does this beer go wrong? Better to ask where doesn’t it? Hot vegetal aroma, some coconut, caramel corn. Flavor is alcoholic, very burnt - to the point of being ashen, again vegetal, bitter-medicinal, muddy hops, all-around disappointing. I guess it’s drinkable but barely and certainly not worth the ABV.
I think I owe apologies to all to whom I have consented to trade this one.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy dark amber body with no head. The nose is moderately sweet with berry, sherry, toffee, raisins and alcohol. The flavor is moderately sweet with rum, raisins, black berry and herbs. Full body is sticky, medicinal and warm with light carbonation.
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 vintage at Hard Liver 2006. Dark amber/ruby color with a thin head. Strong sweet caramel, pit fruit apple skin nose. Heavy syrupy body. Big, complex aged Barleywine taste of ripe pit fruits and sweet spices. really enjoyed this one.
decaturstevo (5456) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Suttree for this one. A rusty red pour. Excellent aroma of dried fruits and hops. A fruity cherry flavor that fades to a date flavor. Carbonation is good but the palate is just a tad thin. A smooth full bodied BW. thanks Phil
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark ruby with murky brown hues. A dense, tan head of a half-inch rose up at the finish of a stretch pour. A very nice cascade of ultra-fine bubbles made it happen.
Aromatics are laced with dark fruit, crystal malt, and figgy butterscotch. Red wine and a bit of nougat rounds out the nose.
Mouthfeel is medium, but somewhat chewy and sticky.
The pallet is decidedly english, but bigger.
Plenty of fruit-laden malt character, and warming alcohol.
Bitterness is firm and assertive enough to stave off the residuals.
Some toasted malt comes forward as it warms up, as well of plenty of vineous complexity. Almost boozy, but not quite.
Finishes with some mild citrus oils and lingering alcohol-laden malt.
A good canditate for cellaring.
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Suttree for sharing this at decaturstevo’s tasting.
A fleeting off-white head forms over a medium brown body.
Complex aroma of dried fruits and caramel.
Sweet fruit flavor that follows the aroma.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Stevofest 08, courtesy of Suttree. Pours a rusty reddish brown with a beige head. Wonderful aroma of sweet dark caramel and maple syrup. Medium to full bodied. Nice rich caramelized malt flavor, with some accents of cherry and smoke. Non aggressive bitterness to balance this one out. Solid and easy to drink.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at stevo’s. Pours dark rust color with small ivory head. The aroma is very fruity- prune, plum, apple- with lots of dark caramel, some molasses, and bubblegum. The flavor is sugary caramel with a touch of bubblegum and some autumnal burning leaves. Pretty good stuff.