Odysseyalien (33) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
2009 vintage opened New Year’s Eve 2012. I opened this bottle with an open mind thinking I might actually like it. It was fine except for the bitter finish. That killed it for me and turned me off to it. I poured the balance of the bottle down the sink. I have the new 2012 vintage now in the cellar aging. Hopefully it will be an improvement from the 2009.
czar (3271) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours hazy light brown with a tall and persistent light beige head, nice lacing. dark red fruits - some cherries, toffee and butterscotch, caramelized hazelnuts in butter, nutty malts, wood, vanilla, spices, bit of dirt and earthy components - inoffensive though, also dust, herbs, grass. average to moderate carbonation, medium body - oily, very nice and balanced grassy-herbal-woody slightly astringent finish. very good!
robbeebobby (20) - newark, Arkansas, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber with a large tan head. The aroma is bourbon, and maybe some oak. The taste is bourbon, malts, minute bitterness. Goes down smooth with perfect carbonation.
Chudwick (1552) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle (2011) - this is dedicated to AndyReynolds’ son who was born today. Pours cloudy and deep amber with tan head and good lacing. Nose is wine barrel, barley, booze, molasses and something akin to bourbon. Sip adds fruitcake. Well balanced and easy to drink. So smooth. Unfortunate metallic aftertaste.
Minderbinder (1308) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours mahogany with low beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of caramel, toffee, alcohol, oak, malt. Taste is of caramel, toffee, alcohol, sweetness, slight bitterness, oak, vanilla. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Well balanced. Overall: Very good. Almost easily drinkable (nice feature for the style). Some similarities with Wee Heavy.
tom10101 (1835) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750 ml). Shared by BeerGolem, thanks! Clear deep amber with a small persistent off-white head and little lacing. Aroma is of toffee, oak, light fruity notes, caramel, malt and light vanilla. Taste is slight sweet with toffee, oak, vanilla, dried fruits, caramel and malt. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Moderately oily mouthfeel. Good balance. Not extremely complex, but still really enjoyable. Oak presence isn’t overwhelming (oak chips?). Good.
BeerGolem (595) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours brown with reddish reflects. Small beige head and some lacing. Aroma: caramel, malt, oak, alcool and vanilla. Taste is fairly the same. Nice sweetness. Balance is great, alcohol is not too present. Godd BW, but something is missing to make it a really good BW.
johnnnniee (1828) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 vintage Bottle shared by MrBarleywine, thanks for the opportunity!
Sweet with a bit of brown sugar caramel and sherry notes. Nice well aged barleywine.
mikem409 (1445) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. pours brown with solid head. aroma is vanilla and lots of burnt sugar. taste is very sweet lots of vanilla notes and a nice sweet hop bite.
evanlarkin (303) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010. Pours a muddy red color with a thin off-white head. Aromas of very sweet malt, citrus, and a subtle oak. Taste is some sweet caramel, orange peel, and oaky vanilla. Some honey. The finish is sticky with a grapefruit-like bitterness. Not bad.
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from The Vine. Pours brown with a thin brown head that disappears quickly. A lot of oak on the nose. A lot of alcohol on the tongue. This one burns at times. The oak on the tongue is subdued. Not my favorite style.