musinj6 (445) - 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 didn’t like this on the first sip, but I grew to like it by halfway through. Very complex.
burg326 (4231) - 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 (1500) - 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 Trail’s 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 (3262) - Enfield, 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! I’m getting some chocolate and caramel with a bit of liquor taste coming through. It’s 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 - I’d 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 didn’t seem like a BW.
rejtable (1547) - 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 (1970) - 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.
JaBier (5106) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from a bottle shared by a generous individual at Jackie O’s 6th Anniversary Extravaganza on 12/3/11. Clear amber pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma is grainy malt, fruit and caramel. Caramel and grainy malt flavor with some berry accents and a crisp, clean finish.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the brewery. Amberish color with a medium head, smooth for 7.5 percent but not very complex. Drinkable.
Niko100 (2142) - Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber/brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, dark fruit, & spice; Flavor of lightly roasted sweet malt, spicy hops, dark fruit, and some caramel; Finish is slightly bitter; About average for me.