coachd (256) - Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2014
1.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Wasn’t sure about this one, but it was cheap and I’m on a barleywine kick. This was the first beer I’ve had from Santa Fe. Pours a very interesting 2-tone color. Dark brown on top, ruby red/amber on bottom. Thin off-white head, moderate lacing. Aroma was not so good. Sour, hoppy but not in a clean way. Kind of smelled like wet bread mixed with a sulphur aroma that was like a burnt match head. Taste was surprisingly weak. I will say that it hides the 10% ABV very well, but the initial flavor is hand soap. After that, it gets a little better with some caramel and malt sweetness. No aftertaste at all; I found that strange. Palate was a little oily, but otherwise non-existent. Don’t try this one. It might be good for getting drunk, but you have to hold your nose while drinking it. I should have known better.
Beachmaster (206) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. pours a murky medium amber with a huge khaki head which slowly fades, leaving good lacing. Nose is caramel and malt. Taste is sweet caramel with a mild hop finish which leaves a malty taste in the mouth after swallowing. Hides the ABV fairly well. A tad sweet, but typical for the style. Not bad at all.
thegreenrooster (3423) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a dark brown with a huge tan head. Aroma is a nice caramel malt with a decent hoppy backbone and some earthy tannins. Flavor is a decent malt with a bit of dark fruit and some sweetness to hide the alcohol. The problem is its a bit thin around the edges. The hops from the aroma are gone which just leaves this a hint sweet malt bomb with a little plastic taste toward the end. I’ve had better.
Ferris (6784) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Light hoppy dark caramel. Slight barrel and vinous notes. Clear copper with a rich beige head. Lots of caramel and orange with a rich body and only a bit of booze. This is a great beginner Barley Wine. Subtle and mellow with nothing to extreme. Of course this is also the issue with this beer, a bit light and boring. More of an english style, so the description is a bit misleading.
EtTuCthulhu (1294) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2014 The appearance is cloudy copper color with a large off-white head that fades quickly, and the aroma blends caramel and toasty malts, booze, and resin hops. The taste is mildly sweet, slightly umami, a touch bitter, and a touch boozy, and the palate fuses an oily texture, sweet yet slightly astringent finish, medium body, and a flat carbonation.
jeremyh70 (841) - Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper with garnet tinge. Off white head with little lacing. Aroma of herbal tea and some sweet bread. Taste is herbal tea with some caramel and a bit of bread. Some cherry flavor in background with some spicy flavor and some alcohol. Finished with some bitterness and alcohol. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I've had better barley wines. Wouldn't but again but it was ok.
kambei70 (752) - - MAR 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 bottle to a tulip glass. Pours a dark copper color with a small off-white head. Taste is caramel with some cherry. Has a bitterness that first hits as piney and then gives way to a big herbal taste. Alcohol comes through strong. Has a slight sweetness in the middle that ends with a puckering quality, like tea. Has a medium, puckering mouthfeel. Not an traditional barley wine.
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RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Reddish amber color. Really light malt aroma. Taste is very sweet and could use more balance. Decent body.
harrymel (1539) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber with a quilt of light eggy whites. Smells of malts, tea, alcohol, cinnamon and some hops. Flavor is sweet, malts, alcohol, bubble gum, really sweet. Medium to heavy with moderate carb and a dry finish. Overall, this beer is okay, but just too sweet.
UncleKorm (1006) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2014
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bomber bottle poured a clear rosy amber hue w/ a small beige head. Faint sweet aroma. Initial flavor is a bold sweet w/ a mild bitter finish. Tastes are powdered sugar, rubber hose, light prune. Full bodied, syrupy mouthfeel, soft carbonation, and a warm finish. I’m curious to try other years, based on some of these ratings. I enjoy Barley Wines, but this bottle is going down the drain.