jackl (3477) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Yet another doff of the cap to Colin for bringing this. The taste is muddy brown with a tiny white head. Pretty ugly looking beer, to be honest. The nose is red apples, rich toffee. A bit of churro cake. Some pumpkin pie and Wertherís Original. Rough woody char in the taste. Mild oxidization. Hints of stale caramel candy. Mildly boozy through the finish. Full body, hot. Sort of lifeless on the palate. Overall, lifeís too short.
Scopey (4691) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Jack & Leightonís birthday celebration, thanks to Colin. It pours deep red-brown with a small beige head. The nose is wood, varnish, pine, sweet toffee, honey and spice. The taste is wood, varnish, leather, alcohol, earth, rye bread and some bitterness with a very dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Not much to it really. Not enough body and a bit too alcoholic, but ok.
teorn88 (1656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle shared by Colin at CBC Clerkenwell. It pours clear copper with a smalloff-white head. Foam disappears quickly. Aroma is sweet with caramel and some piney hops. Flavor is much sweeter with figs, dark fruits, caramel and molasses. Very little hops in this one. A tad of booziness, but not overwhelming. Overall, quite decent barleywine in the very sweet category.
MadRobin (1436) - Silver Spring, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle.
Clear, dark rusty red brown with huge khaki head and and excellent lacing.
Aroma of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, sweet dark malt and pine.
Taste of bitter piney hops and sweet malt. Specifically, pine resin, brown sugar, caramel, butterscotch, brown bread, sweet toasted malt and bitter herbs.
Full body and low/medium carbonation.
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hockeybeerguy (255) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours out of the bottle a brown/red color with a purple hazy bottom. There wasnít any head even after several aggressive pours. The lacing is very light and spotty. Some sediment at the bottom appears. The smell has some dark fruits, malts and a light roasted chocolate. The taste has the hops come out pretty strong with some nice malts coming in to play. The palate is medium with a subdued carbonation on the tongue and mouth, moderately drinkable. Overall, I liked this for me, and its good for style as well.
ineedbeer (433) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I believe this was a bottle from 2010.
Aroma has lots of malt character. Some caramel, toffee and raisin. A hint of oxidation showing with some honey an a touch of wet cardboard. The hop character is quite subdued with just a hint of a dank, woody hop note. A hint of a chocolate character as well. Light alcohol note.
Pours a rather cloudy brown with some amber highlights. Thin, slightly off white head that recedes to a thin layer. Slight lacing and moderate legs.
Flavor starts with sweet caramel and toffee with a hint of a cracker note. A light roast and burnt toast flavor present as well. Some sweet fruitiness - raisin and plum. Medium spicy alcohol flavor in the finish. Moderately strong bitterness, but quite balanced with the alcohol and malt. A touch of hop astringency. Light woodsy hop flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. It's a bit thin and watery though. Alcohol warmth is moderate. Astringency is low but present.
Overall this is a good barleywine but nothing amazing. It has a $5.99 price tag on it and for that price this bomber is a steal; I imagine it costs more now. The hop character has mostly faded away but there was still a bit to the beer. The oxidation is starting to show, but in a decent way - more honey than wet paper.
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arojewski (22) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep honey to dark from the bottom with a thick foamy and clinging head. For itís ABV itís extremely palatable, with deep roasted notes and a wonderful after taste. Best barleywine Iíve tasted so far.
ReggieDunlap (2792) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy caramel color with a medium off white head. Aroma has an oaky earthy hoppiness. Flavor follows suit with layers of candied fruit and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is hoppy/fruity/oaky and dry.
tgncc (2508) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is perfumy, caramel. The appearance is dark red/brown, cream-colored head. the flavor is like the aroma, perfume and flowers up front, with some strong caramel and brown sugar type maltiness. The finish is floral hops again. Definitely a hop forward beer. Medium to medium-thick in body. Not bad at all. Too many floral hops. really much more an IIPA than Barley Wine.
RABinVA (995) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep ruby brown with a slight off-white halo and no lacing. Big sweet, slightly citrusy, slightly appley aroma. Big, hop-forward flavor with sticky sweet malt balance. A bit smoky on the tongue. Not bad at all.