drowland (5998) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/15/11. Bottle shared at the Sea Bass going away party! Thanks, Cavie! Mild aroma of sweet dark fruits and molasses, and more. Awesome sweet fruit flavor with dark fruits and distinct vanilla. Very tasty.
sebletitje (6641) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Seabass going away party, Jan15th ’11
Fruitée noire et rouges, note de caramel, épices au palais avec un peu de houblon laissant un filament amer en bouche.
Même l’alcool reste bien discret.
Une bière qui peut sûrement bénéficier d’un petit séjour en cave et perdre un peu de l’amertume du houblon.
thome50 (1022) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to the great ericandersnavy. Pours a very nice deep copper with an extremely slight tan head. I am picking up toffee and a fair amount of plum and slight peach aroma. After allowing the beer to warm up a little in a tulip glass (not sure if I should have done that but it was after a long night of DIPA tastings and it seemed like a nice beer to relax by the fire with to finish off the night.) I taste a fair amount of toffee and caramel with a slight raisin and plum finish. I’m not picking up a lot of hops so I really wonder what this beer was “supposed” to taste like if they felt they over hopped it.
SpringsLicker (3127) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Daknole for sending this one!
Clear dark amber with a small, fleeting off-white head.
The aroma is mostly fruit, then some caramel.
The flavor is sweet from the malts with a touch of alcohol.
Good, but not overly complex.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from blutt59, thanks Bob! Pours a very pretty, mostly clear, deep ruby-amber colored body with a thin, fizzy, light brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light-moderate lacing throughout. Aroma is sweet, chewy malts with lots of caramel and dark fruits. There is a decent amount of floral hops behind the big malt backing, but the candyish and fruity malts definitely take the forefront. Some raisins, dates, and ripe cherries make up most of the fruits. Flavor has much more emphasis on the hops, but maintains a fat and chewy maltiness. Sweet caramels, dark fruits, and candy up front before a good amount of piney hops, a touch of spice, and a light, but pleasant alcohol heat comes in. There’s a hint of smoke to the fruity caramels as this finishes both bitter and sweet with tons of fat caramels and plenty of pines. Just a hint of alcohol warmth before this leaves a dry, lengthy aftertaste. Full, chewy body and very light, creamy carbonation. Overall, definitely my kind of barley wine. Tons of fat, fruity caramels with plenty of hops to add a huge splash of bitterness. A pleasant hint of alcohol and a dry, lengthy finish. Big, bold, and beautiful.
Sledutah (4663) - Utah, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from MaltOMeal, thanks
Appearance: Clear reddish brown with a nice beige head with some lacing
Aroma: Sweet malts, burnt brown sugar and some spice
Taste: Sweet malts, dark fruits, hot alcohols with a bitter finish
This one is pretty bitter. Bill sent me 2 bottles so I’ll cellar the other for awhile and try it again, and re-rate.
Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a fine beer! It pours a very modest, mildly bubbling head with a wonderful aroma, a glorious copper color that’s clear, almost glowing. Mouth feel is full and flavorsome without density – another rater used the word “chewy.” The hops don’t overpower the complex flavor: sweet caramel, winter fruit, tawny port…mellow without spiciness. It’s almost like drinking a liqueur without the cloying sweetness. Just plain outstanding, this bottle from Chris Blume in Cypress was a maximum-thoughtful pre-Christmas gift.
bleeng (1513) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle thanks to a secret admirer. Pours with a beautiful clear ruby hue. Foamy white head poured aggressively that mostly dissipates quickly. Nose is a bit subtle, with definite alcohol notes and some maltiness-not overpowering in any sense. Taste comes off a bit sweet, with the hop character providing a lasting and tingling bitterness. It is a bit hot, with a nosy alcohol taste that lingers. The palate is well carbonated and a bit fluffy. As most have already mentioned, this could use some cellar time.
StefanSD (2118) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2011 12 oz bottle courtesy of maltOmeal. Thanks. Pours a chestnut brown color with a small beige head that quickly fades to a fine ring. The nose is faint with leather, hazelnuts and a bit of hot alcohol. The flavor is hops forward with pine, leather, nuts, toffee and more hot alcohol. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes medium in duration. Overall: This is still a bit immature, but it should cellar well. I’m looking forward to re-rating this someday. Re-rate on 5-31-2011 This beer continues to improve in the cellar with sherry undertones starting to emerge, looks like its going to be a keeper. I am bumping my rating from 3.5 to 3.9. I just wish they did not use twist on caps as I have no faith in those holding up in a cellar over time.
bhensonb (10950) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Texas Champion trader - you know who - but in case you don’t it’s ericandersnavy. Pours a brilliant clear ruddy copper with a few bubbles. Aroma is a fruity/malty complexity. Full bodied; chewy carbonation. Flavor is sweet caramel - no doubt - but there’s a good dose of fruity/floral hop. So it’s not really balanced, too much malt for that - but that’s the barleywine thing. But it’s really got a lot of hop which pushes it way into new territory. Forgot to mention that there is essentially zero heat. I think the main attraction is the fruitiness. Though with time it develops a woody aspect. P.S. If Eric sends me some more, I’d be interested in seeing how this develops over the months. Hint!