Iphonephan (4043) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12 bottle shared at home. Vintage 2005. Pours smoky sour dark cherries in the nose. Surprisingly thin textured, with some chocolate and toffee notes. So, so. Maybe better fresh?
mnoud (293) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
2013.01.03 - Rock Art Ridge Runner - 12oz bottle from Woodstock VT store in goblet. Pours deep amber or caramel in color. Little to no head, but slightly vigorous ring of bubbles around edge hangs out for a bit. Aroma straight out of the cold bottle is a big of the starchy aroma you get from things like Old Stock Ale, mixed with a bit of sweetness. Taste is all on the back end to me. First touch is kind of watered down, followed basically by dilute bitterness. Taste does not follow nose much at all. As others noted, a decent barley wine bug not a great one. For the price ($1.65 for 12oz bottle) not bad but... meh. If you want a lower-alcohol barley wine (why?) that is inexpensive, give it a shot. Not a likely repeat purchase.
abcfan (809) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Decent brew. Pours murky red with a tan head. Aroma is mostly sweety caramel. Taste its caramel with a bitter hop finish.
Nephilium (1470) - Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong sweet aroma, with hints of fruit. Pours a clear dark ruby, with a full white head. Not much in the way of malt flavor, just some sweetness, with a moderate bitter finish. Slightly slick mouthfeel, with a moderate body. Not a bad barley wine, but not a great one either.
jcos (1664) - Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Location/Date:Bottle on October 28th, 2012.
Appearance: Pours a maroon that while opaque from a distance, looks thin when looked at closely.
Aroma: Aroma of light caramel malt.
Taste: Nearly no bitterness, caramel malt, some weird nearly soapy taste on the end.
Palate:Medium light body.
Summary: Thanks for the beer Ben! The last of the Ticks Pack from October 2012 DC visit. Something about the end of this beers taste just ruins it for me. Itís nearly soapy, and no I donít think itís cilantro as I actually can taste cilantro.
ben4321 (4540) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 9/19/12
Aroma: The nose is sweet malts/caramel mostly, light roast/toast notes, and hints of fruit
Appearance: It pours a dark reddish-brown color with a small head and minimal lace
Flavor: The taste is moderately sweet, heavy malty, and fairly one-dimensional, finishes a little buttery
Palate: Light-medium bodied, a hint sticky, fairly thin, with an average carbonation, and a short duration
I wasnít a huge fan of this Barley Wine. It isnít terrible, but it isnít really all that good either.
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours clear amber with copper edges and thin tan head. The aroma offers up muted pine hops mixed with lesser amounts of raisins, prunes and a bit of cherry like fruity esters. The taste is similar as the pine hop like note is followed by a more vague resiny hop bitterness surrounded on all sides by sweet dark fruity esters. Beneath these notes lurk some booziness and a touch of caramel. The after taste is sort of resiny hop like as well as mineral dryness.
STL_Drew (153) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Little head with a light brown color. Good carbonation, not overly carbonated. Beer appears unfiltered. Slight alcohol aroma but doesn't have heavy alcohol taste. Sweet flavor to begin then light bitter to finish. Medium body with a slightly oily texture, soft carbonation.
jkwood04 (4511) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours copper/brown with a light tan head. Aroma of cartel malts, a little cereal, and some light hops. Flavor the same but something is a little off. Average texture. A decent beer but it could be way better.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, 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.