diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Laid Back Brussels Tasting (Feb 9, 2008)
Clear, amber body with an off-white, creamy head. Good lace. ARoma of hops and caramel. Very nice, well balanced and a nice complexity. Moderately bitter, lightly sweet flavour with cinnamon and cumin. Quite nice beer, with an ok complexity and balance.
alexanderj (3539) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
NOTB; Schlafly was the surprise of the night for me. Hope they get some good pub for their efforts. Didn’t like this as much as their Imperial Stout offering, but thought it held up well against the other aged barleywines. Really liked their caramel notes as well as a good amount of sweetness. Some vanilla and sugar as well.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via Secret Santa Poured @ Coles Barleywine Tasting 2008 Buffalo NY. medium to deep copper amber color with creamy tannish khaki head. Rich & oak mellows it out nicely. Slight hop bitterness. Nice beer
rudolf (2353) - 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.
JoeinDahlem (1455) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - 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 (4881) - 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 (5728) - 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 (3259) - 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 (3045) - 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 (1834) - 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.