SDalkoholic (2057) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Whispering Willows Liquor: Created a monstrous sizing of foamed head which took several minutes to retreat while the liquid was a darkish brown color that was completely opaque. As for the aroma, my nose is greeted with a bold scent of malts that suggest a variety of scents such as caramel, toffee brittle, pistachio ice cream, cigar smoke, and dried fruit. The flavor is intensely tart and seem as though some of the yeast has started to break down heavily which I can only assume is the cause why this barleywine tastes like this. Other than that this does have a rich base of caramelized malts that have a sweet taste of maple syrup with just a touch of bitter hops.
RobertDale (2852) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle. Pours dark brown with an average tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, fruit, and vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla, and pine. Very good.
maekchu (1700) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUN 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Thanks to KyotoLefty. Big-times prunes and freshly baked bread. Initial is a lot of heavy dark sugar / sugar balances out with the hopping > a sudden and satisfying change from initial to mid palate / finish is smooth and also quite sugary. Pleasant, rich, with a richly interesting route through the palate stages. Good stuff
KyotoLefty (5798) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, bought about 2 years ago. Nose of earthy hops, licorice, chocolate, alcohol burn. Sweet and earthy flavour, grassy, smooth, hops still great, with a peppery bitter finish. Nicely smooth and well integrated.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1226) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty sharing at Tadgís party, a good time was had by all! Bottle. It poured a dark brown/black with no real head. It was a very nice black barleywine. It had a fantastic chocolate aroma, lovely creamy mouthfeel, sweet chocolate, boozy but smooth taste with a bit of astringeancy in the aftertaste, excellent stuff.
ReggieDunlap (2898) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a medium creamy tan head...nice lacing. Aroma has mild cadied and dark fruits atop firm roastiness. Flavor has nice roastiness, subtle dark fruit, and hints of coffee and vanilla. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a roasty/slightly bitter warming finish...tasty!
beechner224 (372) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2014 Poured from the bottle. Been saving a few for a couple years now. Smells just like a barleywine. Nice tan head and looks a dark dark brown, close to black. Taste is great. The hops of subsided since I last tasted it. Very good beer. Still tastes like a barleywine, but you get a hint of the roasted character, just enough to know something is different here. Glad I still have more. Cant wait to see how if changes still.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Pours completely opaque with 2 fingers of dense mocha head that retains extremely well. Leaves behind an almost solid sheet of lacing.
S - Roasted malt, milk chocolate, pine needles, roasted coffee beans, vanilla alcohol.
T - Green hops provide a blast of citrus and pine resin right off the bat. Roasted malt, dark chocolate and caramel, has a woody/peppery bite. Smoked vanilla bean and dark roast coffee. Finishes with an astringent hop and alcohol bite. Hops stick to the tongue long after the finish.
M - Full bodied, low carbonation, viscous, warming.
Aggressive, robust, and well rounded. An interesting take on the style.
Even after aging, the hops are still very strong.
The hops fade off in the middle and come back around on the very finish. Glad I saved this for #400.
Serving type: bottle
alearchist (11) - Scottdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
First smell..regular old barleywine type thing going on..but man. The Taste..starts off like some type of black beer i.e. a black lager or black ipa..then i get the barleywine..then a sour finish? One of the most unique beers iíve had the pleasure of drinking. Cheers to Sierra Nevada!
TheJester (1694) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Looks and smells like a stout. As for the taste: itís not a stout, but itís not. barleywine either. American strong black ale? Some roast, but also some booze. Very smooth and creamy. As it warms it does become something approximating a black barleywine. Nice beer.