cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a clear brown color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. Very light lacing. Aroma is sweet toasted malt, vinous, and a touch of esters. Flavor is roasted malt, light chocolate, and some light esters hiding in there. Palate is some what bitter and has a lingering alcohol finish. Medium body. Soft carbonation. A decent beer, but I wouldn’t buy it again.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft… Pours very dark with ruby highlights when held up to the sun. Creamy, fat-bubbled, off-white head. Incredible retention (wish I had that kind of staying power ;?)). Vinous, dark-roast aroma. Not really what I would consider a barleywine-like nose, but nice nonetheless. Medium-bodied with modest carbonation. Sweet caramel and chocolate with a dab of molasses and a puff of smoke. Bitter-sweet finish. Not many characteristics of a barleywine are offered here…probably why I really like it.
thornecb (3966) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber into a snifter. Beige head recedes to skim surface leaving no lacing. Vanilla aromas. Sweet caramel upfront with a slightly sour, dry finish.
redlight (2299) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
ringwood fruity yeast aromas, hints of chocolate, and lots of molasses. Pours very dark brown with a thin tan head. Chocolatey, smooth, very caramelly with hints of smoke, molasses, roasted notes int the aftertaste. A very smooth and nice beer.
glennmastrange (2025) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of cookie, toasted and molasses, hops of resin, and earth for the yeast with tar and cola in the background. Head is frothy, light brown with excellent lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear dark brown. Flavor is lightly sweet and acidic to start and moderately bitter in the long finish. Palate is light to medium, dry and has a fizzy carbonation. It finishes very dry. A tasty beer, but definitely not a Barley Wine. It was also a little harsh in a few aspects.
BOLTZ7555 (2578) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just not a huge fan of this...chestnut pour with a slight crimson hue and creamy cashew colored head. Flavors reminiscent of coffee, smoke, caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Aroma is extremely subtle and offers nothing but an unidentifiable sweetness. A little on the thin size. Amazing bottle, average beer!!!
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of fishingnet, thanks Ben. Pours dark brown with garnet edges and dark tan head. The aroma is roasty malts coupled with mild buttery bread. The taste is full on roasted malts from moderate roast, nutty malts and to highly roasted malts. Behind those notes is a level of buttered bread. Nice English interpretation except possibly missing any form of dark fruitiness. One of the most easily sessionable barleywines I have to date. It seems more like an American Strong Ale.
nick76 (4125) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2008
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 The aroma is quite hoppy in a grassy way with caramel malt and somewhat chemical. The appearance is dark amber with a nice foamy head. The taste is like the aroma which means its not good. Its very bitter, grassy, and chemical. There is a little sweet malt but the taste is just bad. The palate is OK for the style and quite smooth. Overall I really dont like this one.
dchmela (2480) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark creamy amber with a thick tan head Malty caramel, candy sweetness, chocolate and dark fruit aroma taste is slightly burnt coffee hop bitterness hard candy sweetness coffee and a little alcohol bite Finishes a little thick and creamy I expected a bit more of a British style BW but this seems a bit more American in the forward style hops Might need more aging but perfectly drinkable right now
Palidor19 (2841) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2008
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
decent aroma of caramel thin palate yet flavor is very off in many ways. some taste of nuts yet the malts and hops work in contrast instead of complement