3fourths (7523) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
sweet apple and plum malt throughout. chewy and syrupy, under-attenuated, but without any faults. red apple skin and caramel and vienna malt in the nose. hops seem dormant other than a moderate bitterness in the finish, along with an apparent dryness. or perhaps the syrupy perfume fruit flavor that I’m getting is how the hops present themselves. some dirty phenols seems to be in the mix too, giving it a mild flavor mid-palate of licorice, dried pineapple and salted/peppered cashews.
Imaena (1630) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. This is a nice straightforward barley wine with some good malt character.
brokensail (9128) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Aaron’s basement. Hazed copper pour with an off-white head. Sweet caramel and fruit. Plum, dates, and hints of citrus peel. Some grape/wine, notes. Sweet flavor of brown sugar and caramel. Dates, plums, and grape. Citrus zest, some sherry, and apple. Oxidation is evident.
adnielsen (7576) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of Homer321. Pours a murky orangish brown appearance with a light brown head. Oxidized, papery, caramel, fig, dark fruity aroma. Toffee, caramel, papery, plum, light apple flavor. This one is done.
OKplus (673) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - Pours a dark ruby with an off-white head that melts into a wispy island of tiny bubbles.
S - Rich malt, dark dried fruit, roasted brown sugar, alcohol vapors, over ripened grapes
T - Toasty and complex, sugary sweet malt, chocolate, candied plum, deep dark cherry flavor, alcohol is very prominent, also has a nice toasted caramel flavor along with an old musky oak flavor. The delicate pine hops supports the giant malt compound. Mouthfeel is full bodied with average carbonation for the style. Aftertaste is of citrus hops.
A very malty/complex forward Barleywine that finishes with a dry citrus flavor. This has lots of stories to unfold with age.
Don’t pass it up.
Serving type: bottle
madmitch76 (12150) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
14th March 2012
Clear amber beer with a big off white head. Light palate, a little dry and crispy. Very light malt with a lot of floral things going on. Very mild citrus underneath. Semi dry finish with mild bitter linger. The most floral barleywine I’ve ever had!
Drjohnrock (333) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12 ounce bottle bought when this beer was commercially available, tasted on July 27, 2012--yes, it sat in the back of my fridge all that time. Nice dark amber hue, large tan head that slowly receded with good lacing, vinous aroma with date and other fruity elements, creamy, smooth, but firm bittersweet flavor. My other bottle of this broke shortly after I bought the Long Shot six pack it was in, so I don’t know if this improved or declined with age. Regardless, not bad at all
marcus (5615) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours reddish brown with a huge beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a sweet fruity malt flavor with lots of caramel and a dry slightly bitter finish.
Acknud (1035) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Barley wine that does a great imitation of a Pale Ale. Very nice bitter/hop profile. Pretty in the glass with a nice head.
Theis (12131) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear amber/red - white head. Barley, dusty, sweetness, knækbrød, light smokey, dried fruits, caramel, ok bitterness, cookies, dark fruits. OLD !!!
johnnnniee (1823) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep ruby brown with a meringue like head that slowly dissipates but sticks lots on the sides. Some earthy resinous hops are still evident but you can tell they are a shadow of their former glory. There’s a solid shot of brown sugar and caramel in the aroma as well as a hint of wet cardboard. The flavor has become a lot sweeter than I remember with lots of sweet dark sugar and caramel with some dark cherries and raisins as well as just enough resinous hop to still provide a hint of balance. Medium body with a sweet sticky mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. This is still a nice beer, but I think it in that in between stage where the hops are fading and allowing the malt to shine, but it needs more time to complete its transition.