Scrapersnbeer (1491) - 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 (2786) - 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 (1399) - 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 (1944) - 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 (4983) - 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 (2033) - 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.
SlovakSniper (3269) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(12 oz, Richford, VT) Le liquide a une robe ambrée. Un anneau de mousse flotte sans conviction. Quelques traces restent collées à la paroi du verre. Le nez est peu profond avec des effluves de caramel et des parfums de fruits surets. Les saveurs tournent autour de malts faiblement intenses et de houblons aux consonances herbeuses. En bouche, le liquide est de faible densité avec un pétillement très bas et une texture plutôt mince. La finale se fait sur des notes surettes et amères très peu développées.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12oz bottle from Total Wine). Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with no real head-only a ring of off-white foam. Moderate carbonation. Aroma has caramel, candied sugar, bread, dark fruit and some wood. Taste is sweet-with caramel, sugar and malts-with some bitterness. Thin-bodied with a sticky texture. Smooth finish. Ok.