monk191 (1609) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great barrel aged barleywine from Sierra Nevada. Pours a fantastic deep ruby red with a tan head. Smells of whiskey, vanilla, caramel, rosemary and barleywine. Taste is whiskey all around, with some caramel, molasses, a smoky quality and vanilla in the finish. Had in the bottle.
Savage_Night (362) - California, USA - SEP 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber red within minimal khaki head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: malty, caramel, herbs, roasty, earthy, alcohol, butterscotch, woody, vanilla, smoke, molasses, herbal hops, floral, spices, oak, bourbon, slight cinnamon, citrus, dark stone fruit, light salt, peppercorn, bitter berries and raisin. TASTE: malty, caramel, coffee, roasty, herbs, citrus, pine bitterness, hop spice, earthy, vanilla, smoke, woody/oak, floral, soy sauce, raisin, dark stone fruit, butterscotch, spices, cinnamon, light salt, peppercorn, bitter berries, alcohol, bourbon, coriander, molasses, honey and grassy bitterness. AFTER TASTE: roasted malt bitterness, hop spice, caramel, chard oak and bourbon and an oily thick body and a nice alcohol/spice warmth.
nearbeer (4675) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. 2015 edition, 11.9% abv. Pour is an uncloudy, red-tinged copper with a large sticky-spongy head that settles to a thin creamy topping. Aroma of orange-vanilla toffee with touches of chocolaty resin and tea leaf. Front flavor of orange toffee turns to a melange of vanilla, chocolate, leaf and toasted oak. Long smooth finish of whiskey, chocolate and barrel. Medium-heavy body has a smooth low-medium carbonation and a dangerously drinkable balance for such richness. I was anticipating some alcohol burn, but there’s only just a nice warmth at the finish.
Crit (3738) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown, small tan head.Big woody alcoholic nose.Very woody palate, far too boozy, oddly spicy. Not a fan !!
ciocanelu (905) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber color with a thin film of beige foam. Clear whiskey notes with some alcoholic notes. Taste is also full on whiskey. Sweet at first and bitter on the finish. Feels a lot like an Irish whiskey.
hopwine (666) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is mostly booze and dates, a touch of candied citrus and caramelized sugar. Flavor is burnt sugar, apple brandy, orange liquer, pine, mild-moderate oak, more whiskey/heat, finishes with grapefruit rind.
koleminer20 (1862) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. 750 mL bottle, 2015 vintage. Had this one side-by-side with the 2013, and I liked it better, so this will be the rating logged. The pour is a golden brown with a short light tan head. This is decently surprising in accordance to all of the other barley wines we’ve had this evening. The aroma is really hoppy. There is a nice bourbon heat to go with some vanilla and a light maltiness. The hops dominate. The flavor is very similar. The hops are huge and bitter with some brown sugar and light malts, before rolling through a nice citrus finish. The mouth feel is excellent. Thick and creamy with a velvety carbonation and a long, dry, bitter finish. Very good
bytemesis (6193) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to Brian. Pours clear hazel, small beige head, dissipates quickly, some lacing. Aroma is super toffee, bourbon, vanilla, cherries. Flavor is quite sweet, light plus bitter, rich and malty. Medium body, high carbonation, super hot.
Gluepot (359) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2016 A rich, sumptuous BW with intense but well balanced tastes. The nose is pungent, featuring slightly burnt caramel and toffee, dark malt, booze and dark berries. The casking is very present, but supported by strong taste elements in the barleywine components. Significant American hops, raisins, apricots, caramel, toffee and a touch of sweet rum work well with the oak and the whiskey casking. The hops create a bite in the aftertaste that keep counterbalancing the booziness and richness of the other taste. elements. Superior. An appropriately dense and thick body and medium carbonation tie the bow on this special BW.
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
Conifer needles grow through vanilla and candied fruit in this woodsy Barrel-Aged Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam stays atop the misty dark red.
-Alcohol warmth is perceptible throughout.
-Resinous hop bitterness fits with the barrel character.
-Flavor profile is intense yet all components are well balanced.
-The texture is lush and warming. A refined mouthfeel.