DrnkMcDermott (2997) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch #2, enjoyed to celebrate my landing at least a long-term temp job, which could end up going for a while. Bought Aug. 2012. yes, looks quite blond as barley wines go. Pours a big foamy head too, straight into a small snifter. Smell is, though, kind of volatile and rubbery. I hope that is driven away as the beer gets a moment to breathe, …Okay, after a while, the volatiles have gone away. Still smells a little solventy with alcohol. Still, it has a strong taste that is expected with the style, but I think using lighter malts means you’re giving up more malt character than any other part of the beer can make up for. Especially the toasted oak, which brings in a lot of tannins, more than I’ve run across in an oak-aged beer before. Still, strong alcohol, thick malts do mean I got what I paid for, after all, at $6 a bomber, that’s Lagunitas territory. And it may get better if allowed to lay for a good long time.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark reddish brown color. Aromas of dark fruit, malts, a citrus hops. Flavor had big alcohol taste mixed a nice hop action and lots of fruit and malt flavors.
HopTsing (546) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2015
1.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Straight out the bottle It sucked. It was sickeningly sweet smelling, appallingly sweet tasting with a slight battery acid burn at the end.
tia (1681) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle (probably been in the fridge three years). Caramel color with foamy oatmeal head. Smells really sweet and boozy. Tastes really sweet. It dropped a bomb on me, baby, a malt bomb on me.
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jjuf1853 (1301) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a dense, foamy white head. Sudsy lacing along the glass. Aroma has pineapple, grapefruit, shoe polish and resin. Flavor is rich with sweetness and hoppy booze notes.
Warped_Silver (124) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle is 1 year old. Pours deep amber/brown with 1 finger head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of bubblegum, aged fruit, booze, cotton candy. High carbonation for style. Taste of hop bitterness, caramel, pecans, and oak. Medium body. Finish with mild booze and subtle hop bitterness. Overall, decent, not amazing due to harshness
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
GreatDane1632 (1168) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rated based on notes taken 25 Feb 2014 -- The oak comes through in a great way. A great sipping beer that has a nice sweet flavor up front that blossoms into a complex end.
damzz (448) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2014
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a cloudy yellow red with a white head. Nose is soft fruit. Palate is full bodied. Taste is slight toffee and oak.Ftertaste is mellow bitterness. This is 22 oz bottle with 10% ABV from Batch 2.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 3, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle -
One of the few whiffs from Samuel Adams. I like the idea of doing a barleywine outside the proveribal "box", but it just doesn’t work very well. Aroma is light vanilla, rock-candy, light oak and some oxidized/tropical-fruit combo. Taste has a strange banana/mango angle with a strong prescence of plastic. Honey, burnt sugar and alcohol also present. Seemed like a Belgian ale combined with a barleywine and it took the lesser qualities of each style to make this beer.
slowrunner77 (9937) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"i was pretty impressed with the craftsmanship & uniqueness (as far as barleywines go) of this brew. honey, caraeml and vanilla undertones the citrusy hops (especially in the aroma) and alcohol backbone. perhaps a touch too much alcohol in this beer (i would have liked it at 10% even more). the aspects in the aroma and flavor seem to clash, then blend harmoniously together. smooth body, evident oaking. interesting and tasty beer at a decent price. I’d recommend."