burg326 (3764) - Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle that pours a golden copper color that has a long lasting ivory head. Smells of toffee, caramel, and a hint of plum. Has a rich flavor with the flavor of hops, and sweet caramel. Pretty good beer, too bad it was a long shot and not a mainstay.
bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber, nice head. Good perfume. Rich sweet tropical fruits and light talcum when it warms. Rich full mouthfeel - loads of vanilla, caramel and a soaked prunes/sultanas rich sweetness. More sewwtness and a touch of oak at the finish. Really nice.
SDalkoholic (2156) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Poured as a dense mahogany and golden color topped with a frothy layer of head. The aroma is considerably hoppy with a delicate touch of honey and sweet malts. In the flavor, there is a thick presence of sticky syrup and oily malts that give off a taste of cough medicine. This is an alright barleywine but doesn’t bring a whole lot of flavor, but at least it packs a heavy ABV which catches only a little of my interest.
jgb9348 (4770) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice crisp deep amber coloured body with some brownish/cola coloured highlights and a thin, fast-dying tan head. Aroma of nice strong alcohol, pit fruits, caramel, toffee and a bunch of nuts. Full-bodied; Strong pungent alcohol, oak, vanilla and caramel sweetness very potent. Aftertaste shows a lot of complexity with the oak and vanilla coming through the most with drying malt, light pit fruits and some deeper spice and nut flavours - very strong. Overall, a fairly respectable barley wine with tons of alcohol, some light nuttiness and a lot of complexities. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle from the six pack sampler purchased from Ye Olde Spirit Shop in Frederick, Maryland on 29-July-2010 sampled at home in Washington on 09-April-2011.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - APR 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours mahogany brown with a tan head. Smells of dark fruit, some sweet malt, some cognac. Tastes of rich caramel, molasses, light spice, fruity with some sherry notes on the finish.
BuckeyeBoy (2837) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle Thanks to JohnGalt1. Pours out a dark amber with some red highlights topped with a small sand head. Aroma was sweet pit fruit, candy, brown sugar, caramel malts, and a little hop. Taste was full on sweet, malty, and rich with a little bitterness trying to round it out.
patrick767 (3584) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle - Pours dark amber with a small light tan head and an aroma of dark fruit and caramel malt. Sweetness dominates this full bodied brew with mostly buried alcohol and pleasant dark fruit notes joined by some mild hops bitterness. Very good brew.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle poured into my Darkness glass...A dark mahogany body, semi clear. The aroma is a dark tope that rises a few fingers but quickly falls to only a ring. Very light lacing...The aroma is very sweet, lots of caramel, fresh bread crust, plums, and other dark fruits. A hint of alcohol balance on the back. Pretty darn good...The taste is on the sweeter side too, plums dominate with a touch of bitterness. Malty throughout, but a nice hop presence on the back brings about balance. The finish has tons of caramel, really first time I can recall that.
I’d drink this again.
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep amber pour with a thin white head. The nose is quite fruity - lots of sweet chewy/berryish esters. Fairly plummy and chewy with a lot of light orangey hops on the nose. Chewy palate with a lot of lingering toffee-like sweetness. A touch of light fruit. Sticky with a little bit of lightly metallic character on the back. I can’t really overstate just how much I hate their house ale yeast. It just completely dominates everything else. As it warms, the hops pick up a little bit, but it’s still a touch too sweet and a little bit unbalanced.
glennmastrange (2287) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of roasted, cookie and caramel, cooked orange for the hops, light leather for the yeast with background notes of date, wood and brown sugar. Head is small, frothy, off-white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is slightly hazy yet very sparkling, mahogany. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet and lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy with a soft carbonation. Kudos to Ben Miller! This is an excellent, smooth and well rounded Barley wine. Hides the 10% very well.