hman43 (981) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
There is strong aroma of caramel, biscuit, and molasses. It is a deep amber brown color with almost no head to speak of. There is a strong taste that resembles molasses, malted flavors, with a strong bitter sting at the end. Itís a little more lively with the carbonation than most barley wines Iíve had, but overall itís good.
dmac (5294) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle thanks to TBS. Poured a deep burnt orange/brown under a smaller dense foamy beige head. Aroma is sweet, molasses, toffee, caramel, raisin, oak and vanilla. Thick chewy body with soft to average carbonation and a very dry finish. Flavor really has the oak dominating throughout and the sweeter notes drying out. Dried out caramel, vanilla candies, dried bread crusts, citrus and some nuts. Good stuff.
Cybercat (4876) - Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. Sample I got fizzed a fair amount, so have a thirsty towel at the ready. Pours a dark sepia that fades to golden amber at the bottom. Strong aroma is quite sweet, with notes of caramel and brandy and a woody hint. Flavor has caramel, fruity and woody notes - and a strong, but not too fierce, alcohol bite. Smooth texture is fairly viscous and fizzy. Donít be(ard) envious, drink one!
GTAEgeek (1844) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy, dark brown, with a thin, tan head. Immense butter toffee and coffee, lots of oak, with some notes of bitter orange peels, vanilla, and some earthy hops. Heavy body, sticky, and very hard. Overall, this is a nice, boozy, and relatively hoppy barley wine. Overly bitter, but not bad.
b3shine (7862) - Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter (shared by jmborggren). Looks good; a translucent caramel with thin lacing somewhere between off-white and light beige. Smells solid; sweet malt, caramel, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Enjoyable.
Ferris (11037) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2014 Bottle - Oak, caramel and molasses. Clear dark caramel with a rich beige head. Buttery pecan, oak and dark sugars. A bit burnt and boozy in the finish, but for this price I am not going to complain.
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBWG14 Trip Rating #163. Bottle shared by TBS at the Downtown Inn Saturday PM Bottle Share. Pours a clear dark amber color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toffee, citrus hops, herbal hops, whiskey, raisin. The taste is toffee, smoke, raisin, citrus, whiskey. Medium bodied.
pfc514 (120) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown/ruby into a snifter. Less than a finger of beige head.
Aroma belies the taste. Bourbony and malty. Super tasty.
italarican (1539) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared during RBWG. Reddish tan pour. Toffee and fruit esters in the nose. A toffee heavy barleywine with slight cherry tartness.
jtclockwork (13503) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle on second bus at RBWG. Pours amber brown with off white head. Nose and taste of bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee and vanilla. Medium body.