jazz88 (2562) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A murky reddish brown color with a tan head. A nice sweet aroma with loads of caramel that carried through well into the flavor. Surprising lack of bitterness which made the first sip kind of surprising (in a good way). A nice barley wine.
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from November 2011. Pours with a syrupy murky, deep brown hue with some red highlights, a tight tan head slowly fades above it. Some alcohol legs. Super boozy aroma. Figs, brown sugar, molasses, very sweet, brandy, chewy, caramel and light spice. Leather, malted milk, mild esters and milk chocolate. Intense. Flavors are intense, tobacco, caramel, chewy, dark fruits, dates, figs, brown sugar, malted milk and chocolate. Lots of alcohol. Huge beer, it feels every bit of 13%. Some strong esters and sharp alcohol. Mild banana notes. Rich malt complexity. Mild vanilla. A mild roast/earthy note becomes more apparent as it warms.
Thick, syrupy and big. Medium alcohol with mild carbonation. Intense. Possibly a touch messy.
SDalkoholic (2173) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Poured a medium mahogany color with minimum amount of foam head. Aroma is bold with a perfume of sugary malt and candy caramel but just the ever most amount of toasted malts that add a distinguished smell to this particular barley wine. The flavor is intensely sweet and sugary with a strong backbone of caramelized malts and alcohol all while taking on different characteristics of barley wine such as a taste of bourbon whiskey and spiced rum that arenít overpowering. This is certainly a barley wine style that I favored.
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown beer with a tan head. Caramel and malt aroma with citrus hops. Caramel and toffee flavor with light fruitiness. Medium bodied. Caramel and toffee lingers with earthiness and light fruitiness.
Leighton (11649) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg at Brouwerij Lane, Brooklyn. I had this beer along with Bruery Cuir, FW XV, Avery Hog Heaven, and BFM Terrapin Spike Jerome, and this beer was easily the best of the three for both me and my drinking buddy, Seth. The others were simply too overtly sweet or boozy, or both. Pours dark ruby with a creamy head. Berries and bread in the aroma. Big sweet flavor, lots of berries and ripe fruit, light alcohol, bread, toasty sugars. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lots of ripe, mixed berries to finish, mild warmth, dark sugars, sweet bread. The alcohol really isnít too intense. A great beer.
Bricks (628) - Delaware, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had this at a recent tasting. Though the specifics of this beer escape me, I recall it was very good.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Rating #56. Hazy dark brownish/red color with a nice light tan head. Light caramel aroma with a bit of toast and some fruitiness. Sweet flavor, brown sugar and caramel, not too shabby. (2158)
davey101 (693) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled November 2011. 22 oz bomber into a snifter. Served at cellar temperature.
A - Very dark red, almost bordering on black. Creamy light khaki head with great lacing and retention.
S - Reminiscent of an old ale. Strong on the malts. Caramel, toffee, and candied dark fruits. Some earthy yeast and oak, as well as subtle cocoa and coffee notes.
T - Caramel and toffee. Super sweet malt with rich dark fruits and oaky vanilla. Some brown sugar and molasses round it out. The finish is light booze and belgian yeast. No hop presence at all. Very silky and creamy mouth feel. Carbonation is a bit excessive. Alcohol isnít noticeable at all.
O - A very good English style barley wine. Pretty things nailed the style. This beer is worthy of the cellar.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle... medium bright brown with a yellowish tan head, lasting lace... the aroma was a bit dead, molasses, caramel, alcohol... this needs some time, this was really hot, way too much alcohol, a bit of brown sugar, dark fruits, a bit of chalk, nothing wrong with it, just didnít really impress me, needed to be sweeter to hide the alcohol
boFNjackson (4156) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting... Brown pour with little to no head. Mostly sweet and one dimensional. Not bad tasting, just not overly complex. A hint of caramel, some toasted nuttiness. Short, yeasty finish.