maxwelldeux (3806) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at a barley wine tasting. Label says 2008 vintage. Pours a clear darker amber color. Nose has a lot of caramel to it. Taste is slightly sweet, and feels pretty syrupy. Actually pretty good!
TimE (3365) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty sweet with some cherry and biscuit notes. Lacks balance, slightly cloying and not that well made. Not horrible, but I wouldn’t order again.
jgb9348 (4853) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep copper and amber coloured body with a slightly muddied brown glow and almost no head at all, some large tan bubbles, that’s it. Aroma of pit fruits, alcohol, light peat, caramel and some cognac. Full-bodied; Assertive nutty flavours at first with a large body, some caramelised sugars and not much else - perhaps some raisins. Aftertaste shows a little earthy malt, some cognac and brandy with the alcohol burn and a little oak at the very end. Overall, a decent barley wine, but definitely not complex enough to be considered good, plus there isn’t much carbonation here, so this can be passed up. I sampled this twelve ounce stubby bottle purchased exactly one year ago at Whole Foods in Seattle (WestLake), Washington on 08-February-2013 for US$4.49 sampled at home in the real Washington on 08-February-2014 - exactly a year after purchasing it - perhaps it made the beer more subdued and less carbonated as well?
Label says 13.3% abv on my bottle, no indication of vintage.
jake65 (2729) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2009 vintage, thanks to 5000. Pours a flat, medium-grade leather color with a small beige head that dissapears rather quickly. Inviting aroma is fruity, faded citrus hops, caramel, raisons, and a very light amount of smoke. There is a layering of flavors, from fruity and toffee sweet, to light smoke and earthy. It has a bit of cocoa and roasty/earthy/leathery vibe that reminds me of Adam... a big compliment. It’s hard to think of this as past it’s prime, which it probably is, but it drank very well with four years on it. A solid offering that I would love to try again.
snoworsummer (2482) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the brewery last year. Pours clear reddish brown. Tastes sweet, thick, like syrup, raisins, dried fruits. Smells like dates, apples, malt. Medium body and low carbonation.
sonnycheeba (3766) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear, dark amber with a trace of creamy off-white head. Aroma is cookie and caramel malts, floral hips, booze, plums, light vanilla, fresh dough and figs. Flavor is bready malts forward with supporting floral hops, dark fruit esters, booze, and some sweetness; dry finish. Medium/full body and low carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (10092) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by sonnycheeba. Pours clear mahogany with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, spicy alcohol, dates and nutmeg. Flavor is malt dominant with moderate alcohol, medium hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Sammer (1055) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Taste is malt, roasted nuts and caramel. Smooth and easy drinking. Nice.
fiulijn (15334) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from CoOp Bellingham, WA, 12.35% ABV
Dark amber-brown color, small head. Quite nice aroma of malt and caramel, an most of all a pleasant note of sweaty hops and light cheesy yeast; English barley wine. Caramel flavor; the mouthfeel is quite round, there is a moderate sweetness; correct bitterness, with a very light buttery and nutty touch in the end. The final is somehow short, and there is an impression of alcohol.
Good aroma, the flavor lacks of depth.
braznadian (59) - Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very sweet and fruity to the nose. Could smell this from a few feet away even, as I was throwing the bottle away. Kind of an opague root beer color with little to no head. Just some light white splotchiness on the top. Very strong taste as expected. Very alcoholic, brandy with some wood notes. Taste like it may have spent time in some whiskey barrels. Though I mentioned it in the color, there is a sort of root beer taste to this at first. Subtle but there, interesting. Caramel and vanilla aftertaste. Minimal hop presence. Little to no carbonation. Smooth texture yet heavy body. Lingers in the mouth for quite a while. Not necessarily a bad thing. Overall it’s enjoyable and I would sip on one again.