Rustyham (1636) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is purple and maroon, cloudy and headless. The aroma is a sweet strawberry puree. Flavor is fruit, caramel, cherry, apricot, then a salted caramel. The salty aftertaste really brings down the palate for me. Bottle from a trade with EricAndersnavy, thanks!
douglas88 (4597) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to Markus. Pours a cloudy reddish color, a small white head. A nice nose of berries, caramel and toffee. The flavor is sweet berries, more sugary toffee and burnt caramel, a bit of oxidation creeping in, some warmth, chocolates. Good.
lushawn (2712) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle consumed april, 2013. thanks to GOT! aroma of big sweet caramel and dark fruit. plums. dates. sweet raisin and booze. taste is sweet boozey candy. pretty straightforward big sticky sweet caramel, raisin, plum and fig barley wine. pleasant toasted booze finish. actually pretty enjoyable to drink. somewhat dry finish and plumskin fruits add pleasant balance to the sweet candied caramel sugar. low carbonation. relatively dry. nice enough. pretty good for the style. actually somewhat chuggable.
arminjewell (4205) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thanks Matt! Clear dark red pour with no head, aroma brought notes of oxidation, slight caramel, toffee, buttery notes, slight red fruits in there as well. Taste is a mix of dark fruits, hints of butter, cardboard from the oxidation, touch of caramel, toffee, slight spice, hints of red fruits, slight earthy tones. Pretty nice but a bit old.
adnielsen (6530) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Mattís house, courtesy of bushmat1. Thanks Matt! Pours an orangish brown appearance with a tan head. Sightly fruity, caramel, toasty malty, plum aroma. Somewhat oxidized, cardboard, light toffee, caramel, plum, light fig flavor. Carbonation is a bit low.
riversideAK (5458) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose of dark fruits brown sugary alcohol nutty candy sweetness roast earthy hop notes. Great nose. Pours brown auburn thin off white head nice legs. Flavors of candied nuts dark fruit residual sugar alcohol. Sweet but balanced. Really nice bw.
phaleslu (4526) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from ericandersnavy- thanks again, Eric! Pours a cloudy amber with just a small white ring and film for a head. Aroma of dusty grains, caramel, dried fruits, earth, and light brown sugar. Flavor of rich boozy bread, brown sugar, dates, figs, and wood. Medium-bodied, with a dry, gritty mouthfeel and low carbonation. Solid barley wine.
bhops (423) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy amber. Thickish head. Aroma of sherry, sugar and dark fruits. Flavor to match. Smooth.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
angrypirate06 (1340) - Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
HUGE thanks to Mar for holding on to this for 2 years for me! Muddy brown pour with tan head that recedes quickly. Nose is plum, caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar, light oxidation. Amazing nose on this! Flavor is caramel, dark fruits, toffee, earth, medium oxidation. No fusels for an 11% beer, but 2+ years has probably helped that out a lot. Dry finish.
allendodd (112) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Loves me a barley wine thatís not too sweet. This one from Bernard (bhops) is a winner. Nose is sweet fruit and figs and the taste follows. I donít know if this bottle was a 2010 batch, but there is no 11% alcohol burn related to it in 2013, and Iím loving this beer.
Iím glad that I donít live in TX for a number of reasons, but would have bought this one by the case if it were available to me at the time of release. If you can trade for one: do it. This is what a BW should be.
JakeSparks (112) - Alvin, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
just had a bottle last weekend. tastes like brandy, but in a good way. no hops left whats so ever