RobertDale (2937) - 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.
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yum! Have had this in the cellar and forgot about it! What a pleasant surprise! Black pour with a thick tan head. Aroma consists of coffee, roasted malt, toffee, caramel and dark dried fruits. Flavor follows with a little bit of the roasted malt and coffee, toffee, caramel, raisin, dried fig and a whisper of dried cherry. There is a lingering bitterness that dries everything out on the finish (like an aged bigfoot). Very drinkable, I’m sad that this was my last bottle. Overall, I’m very impressed and thankful that I hung onto this as long as I did
SDalkoholic (2089) - 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.
shigadeyo (2964) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/05/2011: Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Estate Black
Barleywine Ale... Aroma: Caramelized maltiness; citrusy hops
lurking. Appearance: Deep brown, ruby highlights; thick, lasting
mocha-colored head. Flavor: Caramel and roasted malts; sharp spicy
and earthy hops; coca nibs; sweeter citrus comes through in the
finish. Palate: Medium to medium-full body; smooth. Overall: Good,
non-offensive, unique; worth having once.
1 pt 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle (Alc 10.2% by Vol) shared
by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #518 for this beer.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1345) - 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 Tadg’s 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.
KyotoLefty (5910) - 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.
ReggieDunlap (2928) - 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 (420) - 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
maekchu (1772) - 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