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 (7898) - 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 (4543) - 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.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark amber, caramel, dark fruits, malty, vanilla, little wood, little hops.
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours attractive ruddy brown with no head. Toffee and dried fruit in the nose and flavor, with a bit more caramel in the flavor. Hides the alcohol well.
kcdoom (18) - merriam, Kansas, USA - DEC 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 edition. Pours amber/copper color. Great nose of hops and sweetness. High in ABV, but not overwhelming. Little head due to the brilliant oak aging. Very hoppy and sweet, but very drinkable. A great take on a true barleywine.
Earlier Rating: 12/12/2008 Total Score: 4.1
2007 edition. pours a nice copper color with an aroma of sweetness and hops. The beer is definately oak aged, little head but plenty of flavor. Hoppy with a great sweetness to this beer. High in ABV. A great interpretation of a true barleywine.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark ruby brown in color. Not much head if any at all on the pour. Smell is all malts and a good amount of toffee. Still a surprisingly big amount of hops coming through in the nose.
Taste is the same, with a bitterness and dominant flavor coming from the hops. I expected the barrel aging to minimize this effect but it was still there and forefront. Decent beer, but I prefer the Enlgish Barleywine style with much less hops.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not too shabby for a barleywine. Pours a dark orange color. Aroma is wood, vanilla, dark fruit, a touch of yeast, and booze. Flavor is a nice mix of malt, yeast, and hops, supported with plums, clove, spice, sugar, vanilla, and wood. Too much booze, in both the aroma and the flavor, just kind of overpowers everything. I would like to grab another and age it. Maybe my rating in a year will be higher.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to tjthresh and Ughsmash for sending me a bottle of this. Hazy burnt orange color with a smallish head. Aroma of brown sugar, wood, nuts, sherry and raisins. Semi-sweet flavor with a nice, sherry-like dry finish.