Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery in Morrisville, VT. Pours a clear, light brown colored body with a finger-width, very frothy and creamy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a solid lacing. Aroma is earthy with caramel malts giving this a moderate sweetness along with some light dark fruits, a touch of citrus, and a hint of smoke. Flavor is similar. Lots of earth up front with some caramel. A few dark fruits and a light citrus note in the middle with a hint of smoke coming out at the end. Finishes dry and earthy with a moderate bitterness and a light caramel sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, slightly thin feeling body at times and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a bit thin for a barleywine; more like a bigger brown. Earthy with a light caramel and balanced throughout, just nothing special. Not bad though.
beerfest5 (1027) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 2, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yeesh, this had a lot of issues. Smells like old cider and raisins. Color is fine but not overly appealing. The taste is alcohol and raisins, not very enjoyable.
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Luminous amber body with a nice, flat cream top. Sharp malt breath permeates the olfactory senses. Subsequent breaths of rye and passionfruit soon follow.The body is characterized by passionfruit and an abundance of fruity hop. The experience then veers with sharply toasted crystal grains leading to a fruit punch and tannic grain finish.
musinj6 (371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark ruby red color that is murky but not cloudy. with small head that quickly dissipates that leaves a little lacing. Smell is very strong with dark fruit aromas and some funk. Taste of German malts with a small coffee flavor as well with some contributing hops. Sweet and bitter notes on the tongue with a very long finish. Full body with soft carbonation. Slightly creamy. I didnít like this on the first sip, but I grew to like it by halfway through. Very complex.
burg326 (3090) - Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft, poured an amber color, aromas of caramel, chocolate, and burnt grain. Flavor is water downed caramel, and a burnt aftertaste.
Scrapersnbeer (1395) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Beer is a clear deep ruby that does not look like barleywine. Grainy caramel aroma like what shows up in Long Trailís brews. Vermont thing perhaps. Semisweet with a burnt out aftertaste. Medium body, chalky feel and rather flat. Bottled 12/19/11. Recommendation from someone who never picked a bad beer - this one is just okay.
AdamJackson (2014) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Provided in a trade with someone from Philly. They bought this in a beer store in Vermont and I traded them a Long Trail Tripel Bag... Not a bad deal.
Bottled on November of 2011. Poured into a Dogfish Head Glass.
A - Poured a caramel and amber color with no head at all despite a vigorous pour.
S - Chocolate malt and floral tones. I like the breadiness of this as well. Very unique to smaller breweries especially up here in Vermont.
T - Mmmm. This is a delicious barleywine. Very smooth and tasty! Iím getting some chocolate and caramel with a bit of liquor taste coming through. Itís not very complex.
M - Smooth indeed. I love the carbonation in it upon one single swish in the mouth. Good thing the flavor is good because it really stays with you.
O - Iíd like to buy this again. Tasty!!!!"
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Well, I was kinda dissapointed by this. Kinda slick and watery. Aroma was not that intriguing. Finishes weak. Not too sweet like a lot of BWs are but this just didnít seem like a BW.
rejtable (1124) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Meh. Lots of plum and raisin-y stuff up front. Not backed by a whole lot. Very light in the mouth, not typical of style in my experience at all.
r464 (1738) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear copper color with a thin tannish head. Thin for a barley wine. Malty with hints of dried fruit (cherry, fig, raisin). Lacking in the fullness and heaviness I would expect from the style.