puboflyons (2152) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the 650 ml. bottle. 2012 batch cellared for a year. The pouur us dark brown to close to black with a full and soft tan head that lingers on top. Served at about 55 degrees I expect. These aromas are something else with that Ringwood yeast but not quite as prevalent as some of Shipyard’s other brews. Beyond that there is a sweet roasted malty character, raisins, dark fruit, melted butter (from the Ringwood), brown sugar, and very subtle hops. The body is medium to full. The taste is eloquent and mellow thanks to the aging with its malt character, sweetness, and low bitterness. This was an especially good beer. I liked it far more than other reviewers I have read. Maybe cellaring is the key.
gringo332 (543) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear dark brown with a frothy off white head. Aroma of sweet dried fruits, figs, chocolate and nuts. Taste is sweet caramel, figs, dried fruits and a heavy malt profile that finishes with some roast malt bitterness and some alcohol. Overall this is a very good and interesting barley wine however it doesn’t fit the style.
probstblueribbon (2926) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Part of a bomber from LCBO, served cool in a tulip glass.
App.: Deep mahogany with a thin tan head.
Aroma: Rich, deep dark dried fruits, inky molasses and brown sugar, some chocolate and licorice tones, very little booziness, a little leafy/woodsy hops.
Palate: Medium+ body, a bit powdery, with relaxed effervescence.
Flav.: Lots of dark dried fruit and roasted malt, dry, almost burnt sugar, deep treacle, molasses, a little licorice, very deep and sweet; sweet but not thick or cloying with pretty good bitterness and a long, deep, dark finish.
A bit different, fairly drinkable.
Sawbones79 (19) - - NOV 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pleasant, rich color and complex aroma. The palate is unexpectedly smooth, and the taste balances nicely between malty sweetness and bitter hops.
Very nice aftertaste with a slight alcoholic heat. Not a typical american BW, but enjoyable all the same.
This was rated "best in show" at a small tasting I arranged for my co-workers.
batneil (285) - - NOV 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong but not overpowering taste. Deep reddish brown colour with a long lasting head. Good.
Blairgus (2623) - California, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
28 oct 3013, bottle. Brown and a bit hazy. Nose is meaty, dark toast, faint raisin. Thin body as mildly fizzy. Stale raisins, burnt toast, mildly astringent alcohol, maybe some slight port notes.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Crockett (1008) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep deep deep red..... short off white head. Nose of well hidden alcohol, treacle, biscuit malts, and a lot of hops. Now, these hops don’t monstrously endanger the beer as they go from nose to palate. Sure.... it’s too young to be drinking right now. But, we’re not talking Old Crustacean. Butter tarts, pithy hops, burnt notes, cookie dough, spice bread. A little rum and wood. Tough of smoky butterscotch. I don’t have a big problem with this stuff. It’s not mind blowing. Solid.
jrob21 (2580) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from god knows when. This could be 5 years old. Zero hops but the malt part of this holds up ok. Soy sauce aromas. Sweet candi sugar flavor with a lot of caramel and even more toffee. Smooth drink. A touch of bitterness but I don’t think those are hops. Wonder what the hop profile is like fresh because this is kinda nice as is.
dandeman (510) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma: Caramel, butterscotch, barley sugar. Not a lot. Strength is low.
Appearance: Brown, very thick and creamy head that never falls down. Too much head.
Taste: Again very caramel but with a strong bitterness as finish. Hops are very active. Caramel, malt and sugar notes are killed by hops. Too much bitterness for a Barley Wine. Sugars are powerless in this fight against hops. Mouth feel is thin without a lot of texture also. A DECEPTION.
Rasmus40 (11277) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Bishops Arms Järntorget, Göteborg. Hazy very dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and oxidized. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Sweet and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. 250713