rdixon77 (1581) - Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice solid barley wine. Cloudy Amber. Caramel, bourbon, vanilla, oak, some fruitiness. Solid.
chinchill (2989) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Originally served a little too cold quickly warmed up.
The dark red-amber body is topped b a durable bone-colored head that leaves very good lacing.
Smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a full-light body. A bit hot, but not really more than expected for 9.3%.
Sweet and appealing aroma precedes a fine flavor with ample, but not overpowering, flavoring from the barrel aging. Notes of toffee, dates and wood.
O: very good barrel-aged barleywine but a bit too boozy and hot: this would likely improve with some aging.
JHeath99 (1436) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a transparent dark anger with a slight layer of tan head. Aroma and taste of malts, upfront booze, and some caramel.
Travlr (15867) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy amber color, off white head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel. Taste has butterscotch, vanilla. Not bad.
Bork (452) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2014
2.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Full-bodied robust and with a man-sized aroma, but the flavor is plain bad. Tart and cloying sweet at the same time, rendering it almost undrinkable. Strongly alocholic on the palate and in the chest.
Beerman6686 (5321) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a lighter brown with a beige head. Aroma was big only bourbon, cartel, and dark fruit. Flavor was good blend of barrel and quality barleywine underneath, very rich, but a little stringent. Still very nice barrel aging.
wchesser (1474) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extra from westmeister-thanks! Deep copper brown with out much head but pretty sticky lacing. Nose is really rich caramel, sweet malts, some bourbon, and light coconut and oak. Sweet upfront, with some wood and hop spiciness, burnt sugar, bit boozy finish, with bitter end.
Ibrew2or3 (7461) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of markwise, pours with a nice murky amber body that supports a thin light tan head. The aroma offers up molasses, prunes, brown sugar, some nuttiness and then mild smooth bourbon and booze. Nice indeed. The taste starts smooth and rich with molasses and smooth nutty sweetness and then quickly picking up brown sugar dredged prunes and dates amid a pleasing pine hoppiness. Just as the dark fruity esters start to reach nectar goodness the smooth sweet bourbon notes come to the surface with more nuttiness and some modest booze to help bring this to the finish. This is a great sipper.
puboflyons (2538) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle acquired in trade from a non RB-member. An interesting reddish-brown pour with a short-lived head. Barley malts, some milk chocolate, dark fruits are the key aroma. Medium to heavy body. I really pick up a touch of chocolate with those barley malts in the taste and there is a pungent, bitterness at the end. A very nice beer. I like to sit on barleywines occasionally but in this case it tastes great fresh.
Gachupines (1074) - USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is vanilla and spice, some nutmeg and cinnamon. Off putting for some reason. Flavor is a bit harsh. Strong vanilla and bitter spice. Almost like burnt cinnamon. Very sugary finish.