Hollywoodt (240) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a medium amber color with a minimal tan head. Aroma a bit of dark fruit and some caramel. Flavor was more of the same with a bit of hops. Alcohol wasn’t right in the forefront. This was OK.
rumproasts (4828) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
tap. amber with small head. sweet malt body with dark fruit. strangely light in hops. boozy.
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Murky copper. Not a very good barely wine. Dried fruit plum notes. Weird spiciness. Not my thing.
-- rated with beerbasher
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared at the 8th Richmond Industry Gathering, 12/1/13. Pours a clear amber color with a thin white head. Aroma of raisin, toffee, citrus. The taste is tart fruits and toffee. Medium bodied, slightly boozy.
shigadeyo (3630) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
5/11/2011: Shorts The Wizard Barley Wine Ale with Raisins... Aroma: Soft leafy hoppiness with some malty syrup. Appearance: Brown color with ruby highlights; thin beige crown; clear complexion. Flavor: Light caramel malt; dry raisin (dark) sweetness with a little tannin; leafy hops and a decent amount of alcohol venting through the nose. Palate: Medium-body; smooth and slightly oily, nice. Overall: Lighter than expected, but good; easy to drink.
12 fl. oz. bottle shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #100 for this beer.
nuplastikk (5709) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge pour at Brickhouse pre GTMW 2012. Brown-black body. Massive raisiny sweet Barleywine. All out sugary assault, no hop balance to speak of. A touch of honey, captures all sugary traits. OK, but sort of one-dimensional.
superspak (4480) - Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/18/2011. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big toffee, caramel, molasses, chocolate, raisin, prune, biscuit, toast, floral, light pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart raisin, prune, caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, light roast, floral, pine, and floral earthiness. Light earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, biscuit, light chocolate, floral, light pine, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of malt and fruit flavors; with a fair amount of hop presence and no cloying sweetness after the finish. The raisins are a touch astringent but not bad at all. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barleywine style. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on slowly. A very enjoyable offering.
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (from notes). This one let me down. One of my favorite styles but it just didn’t come together for me. Lots of dried fruit and odd spices.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of a box of raisins, some metallic iron, and apple core. Pours deep brown with a small but thick foamy head. Taste is harsh with a tangy metal twinge which thankfully gives way to dark fruit and a nice roasty finish. Very unique but needs to be smoothed.
tmongoose (2150) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours dark amber almost brown with off white head. minimal lacing on the glass. the aroma is of a barley wine style with kicks of bourbon, dark fruit (raisins) and alcohol. the flavor is of warm alcohol burn with the bourbon and fruit in the for front. wondering and thinking if you let this one age a year or so what changes will take place i have another bottle that will go in the vault for future use. the body is almost thin but yet the fruitiness of this is a bit on the strong side.
adnielsen (10445) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home. Not sure where i got this brew- its been sitting around at my parents house for ages. Pours a deep brown appearance with a creamy brown head. Big dark fruity, thick fig, plum, rich leathery, caramel, nutty aroma. Dark chocolate, thick and very sweet, caramel, raisin, plum, leathery flavor. Some booze but kind of a cool brew.