williamstome (821) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown pour, nice off-white head. Not much aroma, but the flavor was nutty and sweet, and BOY was this bear creamy!! :)
crossovert (6941) - Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aged. It has a nice spiciness to it, big caramel notes. It is a bit oxidized and lacking in hops.
kimjongill (207) - - DEC 26, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
From bottle. Dark amber pour with light tan head. Moderate aroma of belgian yeast which seems out of place. Taste is nicely malty, with a strong spice flavor that I canít put my finger on
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow 13.5 abv. had no idea. where did this bottle came from? well oops sorry guys we opened it =p really nice nutty and cherry elements... but then there is this most disgusting cheesiness... like licking your fingers after eating cheetos that kinda screws up the whole thing... other than that, really nice brewing accomplishment here as the alcohol is wonderfully balanced and properly fermented... damn you stinky hops!
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
cold rainy night. Bottle popped and enjoyed in my snifter. Still clear amber headless. Rum raisin and sweet woody aroma. taste is caramel with a alcohol warmth. Want to drink this in the cold dark. fairly thick mouth feel and mostly still. Spice rum aftertaste.
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from a blind barleywine tasting .. . deep burnt biscuits, light yeast, and rum .. . young but firm .. . enjoyable and simple straight forward barleywine .. . pretty good beer!
.. . . your father take you to baseball games? .. ya, but he would never take us back..
annunz123 (848) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty, boozy aroma with caramel, molasses, bread, and alcohol. Flavor starts sweet with caramel and spice. Finish has a little bitterness and alcohol. Good and certainly tasty, but a little on the harsh side.
_angst_ (2564) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of Marsiblursi. Pours dark reddish brown with a small creamy offwhite head that doesnít leave much trace while dissipating. Smell is sweet and fruity with sweet dark bread, red apples, pears, alcohol, hazelnuts, prunes, raisins, figs, hay, lemon zest and hints of cereal. Taste is sweet and malty with sweet bread, overripe apples, pears, hay, figs, prunes, raisins, alcohol, caramel, toffee and alcohol. Mouthfeel is creamy, boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet and tiny bitter with caramel sweet dark bread, pears, overripe apples, lemon zest hay and moist wood. Too boozy, very estery yet quite tasty.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle split with my dad. Winter 2010/2011 label on the cap. Served in a Deschutes snifter. Thanks to Gushue3 for hitting this want of mine.
A: Pours a dark ruby with purple hues intertwined and light red edges. there a half inch off white head that forms on the pour and it recedes to a nice thick collar that leaves some stick lace.
S: Very light hops actually pop here right at the beginning, but it gives way to quickly to caramel malts, some burnt sugar and some plums and raisins.
T: There is almost a very faint oxidized flavor going on that leans to a sherry like flavor. Interesting to say the least. The toffee and caramel malts from the nose show up here as well the some booze soaked dark fruits and some candied figs.
M: Medium bodied, surprisingly a tad thin. I prefer a thick and syrupy mouthfeel and this didnít quite hit that. Lower carbonation as well.
O: The mouthfeel was a tad of a conundrum for me as I donít know how something this high ABV with all the right barleywine characteristics can be as thin as is it was. Still a nice tasting brew though.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-08-2012
Marsiblursi (2989) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours brown with a dark orange hint. Sand coloured head. The aroma holds nuts, honey, raisins, sweaty figs, milk chocolate, butter, wood, resin and alcohol, grain. The flavour is medium sweet, light to medium bitter and tiny acidic with notes of fat malt (caramel, buttery toffee, honey and grainy bread), balanced, light resinous hops, dried fruits. The mouthfeel is round and tiny tart with a light carbonation. Sticky, bready finish with a dash of hops and dried fruits. Medium to full bodied.