brureview (3) - Maine, USA - AUG 22, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I am not sure why this beer generally has lower ratings. The beer should be served at higher temps 50-55įF in a snifter. Stone fruit aroma, raisins, and fruit taste.
MF moderate. Excellent alcoholic finish. This is a UK- US collaboration between Shipyard and Ringwood- a lot of UK hops in this beer.
Excellent English Barleywine.
Texasbrew76 (14) - Alabama, USA - APR 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nicely hopped beer with a solid backbone of sweetness that balances the high abv well. On the front, there is a nice hint of sour.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Caramel and fruitcake balanced by moderately bitter hops and a light dose of ethanol. Finishes fruity, mildly caramely and fairly dry with lingering bitterness.
patrick767 (3232) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap at Blaze restaurant in Bar Harbor - Pours amber and smells heavily of caramel with a hint of dark fruit. The taste has loads of sweet caramel along with dark fruit, especially cherries, mild hops, and alcohol though it doesnít taste like the ABV is as high as it is. The finish is pleasantly warming. Excellent and underrated, IMO, though I admit to some bias as I was enjoying a ridiculously cheap -- for most of the US -- whole lobster dinner at the time.
jimhilt (2339) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 23, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a one finger off-white head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium-bodied. light piney hop nose and flavor is slight caramel, piney hops and more malty than expected. Light bitter aftertaste. High ABV is hidden but is warming. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.
Cybercat (2768) - Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an attractive clear coppery red-brown with a fairly thick and somewhat persistent pale coppery-tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. Strong aroma is malty and a little yeasty with a firm overtone of apple brandy. Sharp, malty flavor has a strong brandy tang and hints of hoppy bitterness and caramel, with just a whisper of fruity sweetness. Ragged texture is fairly fizzy and leaves behind a mild but persistent tingle.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In bottle. Pours a golden - brown colour with a thin beige head. Aroma of treacle, toffee, raisins, alcohol and oak. Similar woody, treacle, caramel and grassy hop flavours. Alcohol is quite present with a fairly bitter and dry finish. Moderate carbonation and a chewy mouth-feel. I really enjoyed this.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
About a 1 inch thick head of fine bubbles. Quite dense and creamy on top. Lots of pine and caramel malts in the aroma with some spices and saw dust. Color is a cloudy mahagony. Body is a bit thinner than I expected. Very good flavor and balance though with lots more caramel malts, tea leaves, roasted grains and more spicy hops presence. Strong alcohol presence and warming that leaves the tongue tingling. Finished a bit bitter, dry and a tad chalky. A pretty good barleywine.
bluejacket74 (1127) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle. I know Iíve had this beer a little while, but I just donít remember exactly how long so I have no idea how old it is (no date on the bottle). Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy dark copper color with an inch tan head. Head retention is decent, and thereís a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like caramel, toffee, butterscotch, dark fruit and some bready malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but thereís also the addition of some booze, nuts, and a bit of spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís creamy and slick with a good amount of carbonation. I think itís a good overall brew. Iíd like to try this fresher in the future, but I definitely liked this beer with some age on it.
puboflyons (1672) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Pours a vibrant copper-amber with a decent head thanks to the aggressive pour. The aroma is full of malts with the inevitable Ringwood yeast to balance it out. The body is razor sharp and about medium. The Ringwood yeasts are not as obvious in the Double as they are in the regular but they are there. Thereís also a sort of buttery back drop. What I really like are the malty characters with a likeable hoppy finale. The higher ABV is well masked in the flavor but not in the effect. Donít drink one and drive.