drpimento (2153) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good beer and thanks to friend Jax. Poured at a great temperature and with decent, cream colored, fine, head that lasted for a while and lots of lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber. Aroma is malt, hop, yeast, fruit, caramel. Flavor’s like nose, with mild carbonics and super balanced. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, tapers nicely, sooooo good.
GODiSSOUTHERN (353) - Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
09 Vintage. Poured a cloudy light amber color. Nice carbonation. Flavor of toffee and great balance from the hops. Alcohol well hidden as well.
TwoSipDip (8896) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home. 2010 vintage. Cloudy, ruby orange appearance with a light brown head. Very rich, dark fruity, red plum, caramel, toffee, and booze in the nose. Very rich caramel malty, toffee, dark berry, piney hoppy, somewhat boozy flavor. Not bad but very rich and strong.
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first Barleywine and if this is my starting bar of comparison to future barleywines they better knock me off my feet if they are to beat this one! This brew is absolutely delicious. It’s one of those brews that you just have to try in order to understand why mere words are not enough to describe just how delicious this one is! Keep in mind the ABV on this brew because that alcohol is very well hidden in the flavor of this beer! Definitely grabbing more and cellaring it for a few years to see how it ages! NOTE: This was the 2010 release.
48FanInCali (706) - California, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. 2010. Light maple pour with no head. Nose is slightly hoppy with a toffee, dark fruit and malt. Taste is light on the sweetness for the style but still copius amounts of caramel, toffee and malt. Alcohol well hidden but pretty viscous on the palate
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 vintage. Pours brownish orange with a touch of head. Smell: Toffee, cherry, chocolate and pine. Taste: Toffee, citrus, pine, chocolate and caramel. Thick on the palate with long bitter finish. Thanks Tim for sharing this one.
Doodler (312) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz 2007 bottle: Poured an orange amber with minimal lacing and head. Nose of malts, brown sugar and hops. Flavors seems a bit thin for a barleywine. Decent, though somewhat bready taste with hints of orange peel and caramel. Sweet, malty finish. Still well carbed for its age and plenty of alcohol.
mcmd (310) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 bottle. Pours orange with no head and only a hint of carbonation - afraid past its prime. Aroma is Carmel, brown sugar, and ripe almost rotten fruit. Taste is all sweet malt with a fruitiness which blends to bitter which leads me to think lots of hops were once here. Would have rather had this 4 yrs ago I think.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish orange pour, loose off-white head. Toffee and bread dough aroma with piney hops. Caramel, toasty bread, and toffee malts with a very strong bitterness, even for a barley wine. Loads of piney and earthy hops. Has some soft fruity notes, but they get wiped away by the finish pretty quick. A little boozy and overall pretty harsh, but still a good sipper.
italarican (1470) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2007 bottle shared at a Max tasting. Pours a hazy burnt orange, headless. Aroma is primarily of mild toffee notes as well as subtle booze and coconut flakes. Flavor has notes of cardboard with some toffee and pine. Slightly flat with cardboard in the finish. This seems to be falling apart.