DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vintage 2007 on label, purchased 2009 at Binny’s. Alcohol and brown sugar smell right under the cap. Pour doesn’t look that red, more of an autumn maple leaf, if that. No head, or course. Smell has a bit of red wine from the glass. But the taste is still a touch too much sugar, with some lactose giving a sensation of milk at the back of my throat. At least it has some malts to thicken up the mouthfeel. But it’s a pretty simple alcohol delivery system which I finished off without a second thought, unlike the nicely complex Goose Bourbon County BW I just had.
daniele (5792) - ITALY - DEC 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2014 Bel ambrato praticamente piatta noso maltao frutta secca leggero solvente frutta disidratata discreto corpo leggero liquoroso discreta secchezza buon amaro
AshtonMcCobb (2939) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Bottle Bank.
Appearance - amber with a thin head.
Nose - rich orange but the malt in the background has just a hint of cardboard coming from it - all the same, inviting.
Taste - orange blossom honey.
Palate - rich and full bodied with a big rich texture and and sweet but still fairly balanced finish.
Overall - it’s a big beast and it’s enjoyable.
Beergeek23322 (2481) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
11/7/2012. From bottle. Light orange color with a white head. Sweet boozy aromas with caramel, dried fruit and yeast. Sweet, sticky flavors, oily texture, boozy and out of balance.
TorbenH (891) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
golden, amber, clear, white foam, roasty, herbs, caramel, bread, full body, oily feel, soft carbonation, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness,
Mindwarp (90) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Barley Wine? The label says English Red Ale. Anyway pours a dirty gold with no head what so ever. Aroma is super sweet reminds me of a Belgian ale. Taste, malty sweetness, caramel maybe. The booze is hidden well, Overall not to bad, I think it might be miss styled here as a barley wine when it is an ale.
Bulk_Carrier (2275) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - DEC 20, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Several samples at Cafe Amsterdam.
The appearance was a light colored caramel with a slight transparency about it. Light carbonation was seen rising at a moderate pace. A little white head was there and that dissipated fairly quickly.
The smell had a weird grainy and somewhat sweet cereal - esque quality with a sugary toffee to it.
The taste copied the smell and that had a light candy aftertaste to it.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a slight sessionability about it. 11.5%? Uhh...it didn’t seem that way to me.
Overall, I say this was a weird barleywine as I want to say that the smell seemed a bit weird to me along with the taste. I don’t think I would try this again.
crossovert (7921) - Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle. 2013 vintage. Seems like basically a barleywine ale. Deep amber pour, sweet caramel notes, hint of hop spice, hot and boozy even with age. VEry sweet and sugary. Its okay.
Sledutah (5104) - Utah, USA - DEC 19, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2014 330ml bottle picked up at Wilburs
Pours clear golden with a small off-white head, some lacing. Aroma of apples, caramel, bready and ripe fruit. Taste is malty, caramel, hot alcohols and pine resin. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky
Couldn’t drink much of this. Sweet, malty and thick
Stoned99 (139) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2014 Vintage 2013 bottle, thanks Peter. Aroma: Apple’s in caramel, cherries, alcohol. App: clear copper with small white head. Taste and palate: medium body, oily medium to high sweetness. Soft carbonation. Sweet alcohol finish. Overall: we definitely can feel the alcohol on it’s way down, not sure if desired or not by the brewer. A tad too swee, not well balancedt..an ok barley wine.
zoucrew102 (618) - - DEC 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, 2014 vintage. Boozy, cough medicine like aroma with notes of cherry and plum. Pours reddish-amber with a thin white head with good retention and lacing. Starts with some sweet caramel and cherry and plum flavors. Finishes smooth with boozy cherry and plum flavors with a bit of astringency at the very end. Pretty good but very light in body and boozy for a barleywine.