Boutip (5464) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a brown color ale with a medium size off-white foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of caramelized malt with some toffee notes and some residual sugar. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt with some light toffee notes with quite a bit of residual sugar with light oak notes. Body is a bit light for style with medium carbonation and light warming alcohol. Not bad overall but too much residual sugar for my own taste.
BazookaJoe (274) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours light brown with a dry sweet aroma. Flavor of nothing but oak up front with a sweet caramel finish.
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dwmiller16 (112) - Delaware, USA - NOV 2, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle of 2013 vintage. Pours deep Amber almost mahogany color with almost no foam. Very sweet aroma with hints of vanilla and caramel. Heavy malts with a bit of oakiness that's overshadowed by the alcohol sweetness.
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GTAEgeek (1656) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 bottle, from Trey. Pours hazy brown, with no head. The aroma is oak, caramel cloves, syrup, and some earthy notes. Very sweet, with just a light bitterness. Heavy, syrupy, and a little chalky. Overall, this is an excellent, very complex and rich beer. Thanks a bunch, Trey!
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle. Dark brown pour with a light khaki head. Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruits, and oak. Just smells awesome. Flavor is oak, vanilla, and caramel with hints of fruit. Very complex. Opens up nicely as it warms. Abv is completely hidden. Great beer.
JonLaRue (55) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Best beer in a while of my memory. Has been sitting in my cellar for about 6 months. Aroma is a mix of whiskey, caramel, and bread. Looks like a thick brown malt. Tastes amazing. Mix and match of oak and caramels. Mouth is acidic and sweet. Great beer!
slowrunner77 (8356) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Very prototypical barleywine...even with the barreling. Would be a good one to give someone and say this is what the style is supposed to be like. I’ve had better, but also much worse. This was a purty pour. 2011. Smelled of the barrels, caramel, oak, and spicy hops. Flavor much the same. "
acaffar2 (39) - - AUG 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Absolutely delicious. Pours dark brown with minimal head. Malty, with notes of bourbon and vanilla. Heavily alcoholic.
zoucrew102 (1086) - - AUG 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, 2012 vintage cellared for about 1 year. Thanks sevenhokie! Sweet caramel malt aroma with notes of dark fruit and some oak. Pours dark caramel colored with a large tan head and excellent lacing. Starts with great caramel malt sweetness and dark fruit flavor. Finishes quite smooth with a bit of oak and just a hint of alcohol burn. Nice barleywine.
radio_nowhere (1287) - Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2016 2011 bomber (woohoo store aged vintage!) into snifter glass, dirty dark ruby red color with minimal light tan head (more lacing after a minute). Aroma of heavy rich caramel malt sweetness, dark dried fruits (raisins, prune), berries, toast, some wine and faint sour vinegar. Taste adds more sour-vinegar-like notes (in a good way), honey, more fresh fruit (pear, apple), booze, vanilla and faint oak. Heavy body, low carbonation, syrupy, sticky with lingering sweet-oaky finish. Interesting 3 year old monster, vinous notes abound. Overall quite tasty.