rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Cole’s Barleywine Fest. Amber, thin tan head. Nose is rich malt, vanilla, whiskey, candied sugar. Flavor is honey, very bright from the booze, lots of fruit, rich malt. Lots of wood here but well done.
JoeinEscazú (1325) - Ozark, Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought this at Christmas and carried it over the pond, saving it for this tasting. Worth the wait, IMO. No oak or cherries or bourbon or bells and whistles here, just a tasty barley wine. Pours hazy reddish-amber, grayish-white head. Nose is sweet, malty, fruity, boozy. Tastes mildly sweet with a light bitterness and warming alcohol, but nothing intense. Not really complicated, just tasty and pretty well balanced.
nearbeer (3374) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml, 2006 vintage. Orange-copper with a large creamy head that lasts well and leaves sticky lacing. Citrus-resin and honey-drizzled grain aroma. Bold and spicy orange-honey and grain flavors on the front turn to more earthy flavors (tea leaves, nuts, molasses) and drier in the middle. The finish has some slightly rough-tasting bitter wood and herb. Medium body is a tad watery, smooth, and has a dry-oaky finish that is more noticeable as you go. Pretty good, but could use a tad less oak, or a bit more body to stand up to the oak.
notalush (4583) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by MaxxDaddy - hey I have more notes from this tasting! - hazy amber beer - quite a spicy aroma, with cinnamon, oak, and vanilla - the flavor is pretty much the same - strong cinnamon, oak, vanilla, light doughy character - notes of dried herbs and cherries - toasted coconut - the oak dominates a little too much, but otherwise pretty nice.
puzzl (3231) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by MaxxDaddy. Oaky and buttery, with a light floral hop aroma. A touch of peat in the flavor, with strong dark fruit and a bitter finish. Strong and pungent though unrefined. Oak is a bit out of control, as is the usual with these types of beers. It seems few brewers can do it right.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to MaxxDaddy: Pours deep orange copper with an off white ring for head. Has a nice tropical fruit hop aroma of mango, peach and a nice malt hint of vanilla sweetness. Nice body with plenty of sweet malt (vanilla) notes to balance the rich hops. Give off some caramel and peach. A nice Barley Wine.
jason (1674) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 Bottle. Thanks to tjthresh for sending me this one. Poured a deep brown bodyw ith thin head. aroma is oak, wood, caramel, sweet malt. Flavor is the same as above with a light nuttiness to it. Very drinkable.
BBB63 (5694) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, 2006 vintage, served in my NB worthy glass and received from Tom, THANKS!
Rich mahogany hue topped by a nice frothy head which left excellent lacing upon the glass. The aroma has wonderful notes of marzipan, caramel, vanilla, toast, plumcake, oak and vinous (maybe Sherry) vapours with a dash of herbal hop still dancing around the edges.
The taste starts malty sweet and fruity but is not cloy or overpowering. Nice contrast on the palate provided by the wood and the alcohol. A very minor note of pepper and juniper found on the finish. The mouth feel is surprisingly sprite and refreshing as much as a 10% Barley Wine can be. A woody dry finish gets you really for the next drink.
Vastly under rated, this is drinkable now and still has many good years left in it. A classic English styled barley wine that should be a must try for anyone whom likes the genre.
JoeMcPhee (8167) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to maxxdaddy for bringing this one out. Deep amber orange beer, thin head. Aroma is quite oaky. Sweet rich malt, a bit of toastiness and some rich sweet oakiness. Sweet and chewy with rich vanilla and caramel character. Excellent integration of oak and sweet chewy maltiness. Lovely beer.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks to maxdaddy. Amber pour. Aroma is rich malt, fruit like other barleywines, some alcohol and mild citrus flavor. The flavor is of some mild oak, vanilla, rich / fruity caramel malt, and some lightly roasted malt also. Very good.