tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with a fluffy light tan head. Lots of oak and dark fruits dominating the nose, sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, a little boozy, and a little bit of old piney resinous hops. Pretty sweet oaky note up front on the taste, toffee, piney hops, dark cherries and plums, and caramel. Very smooth tasting beer, but definitely a sweet beer.
mixmasterob (925) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bottle from Bruisin. Deep mahogany pour with a small off white head. Aroma was sweet caramel malts, vanilla, touch of oak, candied fig. Flavors were in line with lots of caramel, bittersweet fruits, more vanilla and an oaky finish. Plus mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Slightly bitter woody finish, more vanilla. Really tasty Barleywine. Man I love this style.
Sarlacc83 (1115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Bottle ordered online from Missouri.
A: Dark mahogany color with a creme colored head that sits and stays. Some lacing - not as much as I’d like from a barleywine.
N: Toffee, caramel, some soy, oak, vanilla, a hint of oxidation, burnt brown sugar, hazelnut and walnut. Toast and some licorice. Hops lend a peppercorn and citrus element - not in an intense amount, but just enough to be noticed.
T: Very sweet, with an oaky bitterness that lends balance without taking down the English barleywine character.
M: Heavy body, creamy carbonation, alcohol is there but restrained.
O: A refined barleywine that has aged very well, (My memory of it as fresh was that it is quite hot and unbalanced). If you have the cellar space, this seems to be one to lay down.
solidfunk (4782) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 13, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Huge oak in this. Bigger than the beer. If you want a glass full of barrel, this is your thing. Or maybe just order a whiskey. Pours reddish amber with ok head and lacing. Finishes with oaky bitterness. A hint of caramelized malt behind the oak. Tap at Scion.
cards04 (2061) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice clear dark amber. Great sweet corn syrup aromas, caramel, vanilla, dried fruit. Beautiful vanilla and oak flavours, sweet and syrupy. Fabulous. One of the best barley wines I’ve had in recent memory.
tderoeck (5642) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
14/II/15 - 75cl bottle from a trade @ RBBWG IV (Beerlover_Ben’s place) - BB: n/a, 2013 vintage (2015-222) Thanks to ajax25g for the bottle!
Clear reddish brown beer, creamy huge white to beige irregular head, little stable. Aroma: lots of caramel, sugary. caramel, sweet malts, banana, bit sweet, more caramel. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: alcohol, banana, yeast, sweet fruitiness, little lemony, sourish, sugary, caramel, pretty boozy, dried fruits, some resinous hops. Aftertaste: lots of alcohol, caramel, sweet and sugary, bit boozy, hoppy touch.
77ships (4697) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to tderoeck! Bomber sampled @ RBBWG IV. Dark amber, little head. Nose is oxidized, caramel apple, lots of sugar, lightly herabL. Taste is oxidation, sugar, herbal, cooked brown apple, lots of tea, caramel. Little in the way of carbonation, melted candy sugar body. Rather nice.
Benzai (9432) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ RBBWG 2015. Lightly unclear dark orange color, small white head. Smell and taste malts, a slight sweetness, some alcohol, oak, caramel, wood. Medium to full body, medium carbonation.
kraddel (4249) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours rather clear dark amber . Smell is sweet , forest leaves . Taste is sweet, fruity ,bit booze . Caramel in the finish . Very nice !
jackl (5342) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg @ Meridian Pint. Deep caramel color with a small head. Nose is strong tofdee and twirlers candy. Old cherry preserve. Some pepper and bread. Flavor of strong toffee and coffee cake. Caramel. Smooth and easy to drink.
ElManana (796) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBBWG shared by tderoeck. Amber colour, high alcoholol, caramel, malts, some chocolate, little bourbon and vanilla. Nice but wouldn't want to drink a whole glass.