Beerman6686 (3125) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
This one poured a medium red to brown color with a beige head. Aroma was of lots of caramel and toffee, with resinus and herbal hops there too. Flavor was very sweet and boozey, almost no amount of hops could cover this up. Just too much and not nearly attenuated enough.
CanIHave4Beers (2495) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep red color with a small head.
The aroma is floral, mildly malty, with some mild caramel. Just kind of mild smelling.
The flavor has a good bit of alcohol spiciness, some toffee, some earthiness, some apple rind.
A little bit lackluster, but nothing bad going on here.
Dogbrick (6041) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub. This brew is a clear reddish-bronze color with a medium white head that dissipates slowly. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of fruit and caramel malt. Full-bodied with flavors of grainy malt, resiny hops and fruit. The finish is malty up front with a piney hops aftertaste. Decent overall.
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Revolution Brewpub, Chicago - 04/11/12.
Clear dark copper with a thin off white head that clears to the edges, forms a small lake but retains fairly well thereafter.
Nose of sweet caramel malt, dark sugars, toffee, spice, fudge, prune, dates.
Tastes of sweet sugars, dark toffee, booze, dark fruits, prunes, dates.
Full bodied with fine carbonation leading to a sweet and boozey finish.
An OK barley wine but a little over sweet and the alcohol isnít that well hidden compared to some others.
kidmartinek (2453) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2012
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin caramel appearance. The head dies quickly but leaves spotty lace. Thereís lots of molasses sweetness and alcohol in the aroma. The flavor is a little better with some oakyness and hop resin. Overall its a sweet alcohol heavy rich beer.
ccex (797) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at brewery today. Pours a clear brownish amber with fair khaki head. Aroma is full of dried fruit, molasses, caramel and brown sugar with alcohol definitely present. Taste is sweet. Body is medium to full, with a creamy mouthfeel and some hops coming out in the finish. An interesting take on a barleywine.
Newk (299) - - OCT 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This note was taken at the Oktoberfest party on 9/22. Poured from tap into a 1L Krug. Pours a caramel/toffee color with a small head.
Big and rich aromas of hot caramel, toffee, malts and some booziness as well. It isnít too boozy though.
Full bodied with noticeable booziness. Itís definitely on the hot side along with notes of hot caramel and malts.
Too boozy on the taste for me. The aromas hold the richness, but it was a touch too hot for me. It took me a while to finish my 12oz pour.
dinkle50 (686) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish pour with a caramel aroma. Smooth mouth. Taste is very sweet. Caramal & toffee. Delicious.
drowland (4992) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/11/12. GTMW. Rich amber pour with a solid khaki head. Rich aroma of sweet and dark fruits with some berries, and plenty of brown sugar, molasses, and malt character. Rich flavor as well with plenty of dark fruits, brown sugar, sweetness, berries, and more. I dig it!
rbfishstick (140) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed at GTMW 2012. The 2011 barrel pours a rosy brown with a medium cream head. Smells slightly of bourbon and dried fruits. The taste is creamy and sweet with a sugary sweet finish.