BeerandBlues2 (10915) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear tawny to brown with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is cookie, caramel, and nutty malt, peach and pear fruity esters with spicy hops. Flavor is malt and hop balanced, medium bitterness, alcohol spiciness, and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
johnnnniee (3048) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a medium reddish copper color with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to a ring on top. Smells of caramel toffee and light bready grainy malt. Light sulfur and a hint of earth with a light butterscotch round out the nose. The flavor is biscuity bready grainy maltiness with bits of toffee and butterscotch. Light earthy hops flavor with a bit of sulfur provides a counter the the malty sweetness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice enough barleywine, the bready maltiness is nice but the toffee butterscotch is a bit too much on my palette.
closey22 (1290) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red/orange amber with thin head riming the glass; great aroma of malty sweet caramelishness and touch of hop spicnessishness; feels rich and foamy yet crisp; flava is a tease between hops grain/barley and fruity/sugary sweetness.
this is what I love about this style- when done right, it has the full spectrum of beer characteristics malty & hoppy; rich yet crisp; sweet yet dry; easy to drink yet strong. Rock Art, you nailed it!
MadRobin (2441) - Silver Spring, USA - FEB 7, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle in Stowe, VT.
Clear amber-orange red with thin khaki head and sparse lacing.
Aroma of caramel, bread, lightly roasted malt, toffee and musty floral hops.
Taste of bread, caramel, musty floral hops and brown sugar. Slightly astringent. The musty hops leave an unpleasant flavor in my mouth for several minutes.
Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
This beer does not work for me. The sweet malts and the musty hops do not play well together and neither is pleasant on its own. Not an enjoyable beer. Downs the drain it goes.
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Iphonephan (4781) - 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 (301) - 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 (850) - 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 (1556) - 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 (1710) - 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 (4887) - 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.