Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007: Clear deep copper. Full and chewy. Very mild carbonation. Big sweetness, with molasses, brown sugar, caramel and syrup. Flowery-grassy hops with some herbal aromas. Background aromas of wood and whiskey and vanilla. Bitterness is too mild and sweetness is a bit cloying. Otherwise it is rather pleasant.
GMCC2181 (1583) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2012 Bottle via StateLine... Dark red/light black in color... .small head. Nice nose... Lots of dark fruits, oak notes, malty, sweet... I was looking for an American Barleywine that wasnt hopped up... and this filled the need and my thirst quite well. Smooth malty base, with a nice sweet (not sugary) followed by some dark fruits, well balanced. The after taste is a nice vanilla oak notes.. Medium carbonation, little oily body but smooth. Overall Nice barleywine!
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, 2007. Nice dark caramel color, had a small white head. Rich malty aroma, dark fruits are very prevelant. Very flavorful, lots of dark fruits here as well, slight oakiness. Very warming as well, great beer.
TheBeerGod (5919) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2007 Vintage. Translucent copper with a tall foamy, rocky manila colored head. Aroma is wood, vanilla, caramel, cream soda, light hops, fruit, and soft alcohol. Taste is strong wood, caramel, brown sugar, cream soda, vanilla, sweet malts, candy and light alcohol. Almost some rum cake as well. Body is medium-full with sugary stickiness and dense carbonation. The finish brings out more of the wood, rum cake, cream soda and caramel while retaining its sticky sweet combination of candy, fruits and brown sugar. The sweetness is strong but does not cause too much interference with this overall. Rather tasty!
beerguy101 (5354) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on 12/12/2008. Sample is from a 2006 vintage bottle. This barley wine pours a deep amber color from a 750ml bottle. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, toffee, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied barleywine. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. There is a hint of oak and wood, which is balanced nicely by the fruitiness. The hops are herbal and earthy. Touch of alcohol hotness. Good balance. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - DEC 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 into snifter. Hazy dark honey brown with a nice red hue and a big (if poured aggressively) creamy light tan head that laces. Aroma is very sweet with prune, raisins, alcohol, bread, sticky sweet fruit, almost milky, and lots of oak. The flavor is way less in-your-face, but still subtle and good and not overly sweet. MEdium to full body. Overall: good, but maybe just because it came after the not-so-great Raison dExtra.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber in color with a small light tan head. Aroma is malty, molasses, light touches of dark fruit and toffee, moderate floral hop presence, light oak, bourbon, a touch of vanilla and alcohol. nice. Taste is fairly easy drinking for a barrel aged barelywine- smooth caramel and molasses, vanilla, mild oak and bourbon. Hops are prevalent but are complientary. Not too boozy. Body is medium to full for the style, mildly coating on the palate. Finishes with lingering oak, vanilla, and malt...light hop bitterness.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks to whomever brought this to the Beer Geek Show & Tell at The Bruery in Dec08.
This barleywine is nicely balanced and easy drinking. smooth.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to wastrinkensie on beer advocate. Pours with an orange body and an off-white head. Aroma has some fruity esters, caramel and alcohol. Taste is oak, caramel and toffee. Smooth and lightly carbonated mouthfeel.
dmac (5294) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle via trade. Pours a thinner looking reddish/honey brown with a large(well for a BW anyway) foamy light beige head. Aroma of molassess, carael, toffee, light oak, sligh musk and a touch of honey. Medium mouthfeel with a syrupy body that finishes dry and leaves a lingering aftertaste. Flavor of toffee, rum soaked raisins, carboard and alcohol. This one has a great aroma but the palate/flavor are a little too dry for my taste.