gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from the bottleworks. Pours reddish brown with minimal foam. Aroma is strongly of caramel malt and something almost like dried cranberry. No oak in the nose that I can detect. Lots of caramel, toastiness, and a hint of nut in the taste, but still no oak to speak of. Some decent bitterness to balance all the sweetness in the early and mid palate. Nicely done, if a bit on the sweet side. Great ABV burn.
MadRobin (1999) - Silver Spring, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Magnolia on the Mill in Purcellville, VA.
Hazy, mahogany with a creamy khaki head and very good lacing.
Aroma of caramel, butterscotch, fruitcake, honey, whiskey, pears, vanilla, oak and toffee.
Taste of raisins, toffee, whiskey, dates, apple, pear, oak and caramel.
Medium body and medium/high carbonation.
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GenDV138 (1440) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Tuscarora Mill in Leesburg, VA. Dark caramel brown color. Aromas of caramel, toffee, syrup, light booze. Tasting notes of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, booze. Medium body with a dry finish. Syrupy mouthfeel, medium carbonation.
mathieuc (1398) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice brown with a medium offwhite head that sticks to the side of the glass. Nose is of caramel and green hops, typical american barleywine. Taste is surprisingly not too sweet and offers a ton of oak and some caramel. Alcohol is warming but I find it to be fitting. Body is full, carbonation moderate. Mouthfeel is sticky. Good barleywine, really well executed.
EtTuCthulhu (1077) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is a clear orangeish garnet with a small, creamy off-white head, and the aroma blends dark fruit, alcohol that is slightly solventy, caramel malts, and oak notes. The taste is complex with slight bitterness, mild sweetness, slight umami, and touch of sourness with definite oakiness, but the finish is decidedly boozy and astringent; there is also a slick texture, average carbonation with a bite, medium-full body, and a long and warm aftertaste.
madvike (2759) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Ruby amber with a light tan ring of head. Nose is lightly sweet, lightly bitter malt, with a mellow oakiness and a boozy warmth. Taste is dry, malty readiness with a light oakiness and a bit of cherry sweetness. Medium, a bit slick with mellow carbonation.
Lukaduke (2244) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008 Vintage. Pours a rich copper color with a finger of gaseous eggshell foam. Lots of burnt sugar, spicy oak and layers of dates, vanilla, and toffee. Lots of carbonation keeps the mouthfeel from being overly sticky and the sweetness is pretty well balanced with the heavy spicy oak influence.
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear copper, big fluffy off white head
Smell boozy fruity with raisin and cherry
Taste fig and cherry, red fruit, wood, burnt, bit of alcohol, sticky caramel
Whatup14 (767) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille 750ml, gracieuseté de BlogueDeBieres, merci! Couleur acajou pâle trouble, mousse beige foncée riche laissant une belle dentelle. Arôme boisé, malt grillé, sucre d’orge. Goût de tire d’érable, malt grillé, sucre d’orge, boisé subtil. Carbonatation moyenne, corps dense, collante.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle into a wine glass.
A: Pours a very hazy dark brown color. There’s about one finger of off-white colored head that retains itself superbly given the strength. Not much lacing is left behind, though.
S: This is very woody, especially when it warms up. Before that, it’s dominated by a ton of fruitiness - mainly cherries, figs, and raisins. There’s also a leathery undercurrent. It’s a bit simple for a barleywine, but it’s quite solid otherwise. It becomes quite good when it opens up sufficiently, hence the semi-high score.
T: It starts off dominated by toasted oak. It finishes with a lot of oak flavor, too. Sandwiched between all the woodiness lies some decent dark fruit flavors in the middle. Another great feature is that it strikes a great balance between being not sweet and being not alcoholic. In fact, the finish is a touch bitter. It really improves once it warms up, but its lack of depth prevents me from giving it a 4+.
M: Soft, creamy, but a bit too carbonated. Again, any problems from the feel can be alleviated by just letting it sit: it loses its carbonation and improves in flavor. While it finishes dry, it still has a long, caramel-laden finish. Make no mistake, this is quite dangerous: there’s no booze to get in the way of just sipping the hell out of this.
O: Upon first sips, it was about a 3.25: serviceable, but far from great. Let it reach room temperature, and it becomes a 3.75: not quite legendary, but incredibly good. For that reason, I’d gladly drink it again, and I might even buy another bottle if I see it on the shelf.