GTAEgeek (1473) - Atlanta, Georgia, 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 (43) - 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 (7100) - 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 (40) - - 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 (871) - - 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 (1145) - Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
DocJitsu (1267) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2014 Pours a clear amber with a short-lived khaki head. Not much going on in the nose. Some light roasted, nutty aromas. A bit of a sticky mouthfeel with more than adequate carbonation. Smooth, mild flavors. The oak does come through, but slightly. Nonetheless, oak is the predominant flavor. Roasted flavors and light caramel are underneath.
EithCubes (5242) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
An oldish 750, bottled with love on 10 12 12 , consumed here in July 2014. Nose is sweet with caramel and earth, but mostly wood, oak with faint vanilla and stronger spice on top. Additional fruit as it warms. Inviting! Pours a deep, dark blood red that still lets some light through, has a densely-bubbled tan head. Soft, fruity body with heavy oaken overtones, vanilla and spice, earthy, beautiful malt flavor with good depth and blending with caramel and fruit. Full body is only lightly carbonated and tremendously soft and enjoyable. There are some warming, slightly fuming alcohols, but they lend a classy, upscale note rather than an amateurish or youthfully aggressive one. Some really nice, strong Doppelbock malt character but instead resting on a featherbed of supportive hops.Sticky lips! Semi-sweet, low in bitterness, light phenol and ester contributions, and a vinous finish. Somewhat straightforward as these things goes, but at this age has balanced all its bits and pieces without losing any intensity. Soothed and invigorated. Dreamy!
nsquishee (630) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bomber shared by my friend Josh. Pours the color of an amber bourbon. Nose of red wine, oak, prune, and other fruits. Taste is sweet, medium viscosity, and has a sharp and tannic, wine-like finish. Flavors of caramel, red wine, lemon, oak barrel, and dark fruits.