tambrico (50) - New York, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2014 Pours brown but appears deep red when held up to the light. Nice tan head that lingers a little bit. Aroma is complex of multiple fruits and vegetables and hops. Taste is likewise complex. Malty upfront and a STRONG hop bitterness on the back. Flavors of grapefruit and vanilla peek through before the hops hit. After the hop flavor fades, a nice lingering sweetness remains. Fantastic beer.
Update: Let these sit for a few months and WOW. Itís amazing how a beer can change flavor in just a couple of months. The hops are still present for certain, but no longer as powerful. There is now a distinct toffee and caramel malt presence that balances fantastically with the milder hop presence. This is now one of my favorite beers.
adasko (767) - Poznan, POLAND - APR 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromat słodki, słodowy i owocowy, delikatnie chmielowy. Barwa miedziana, piękna piana świetny lacing. W smaku dość wytrawny. Wyraźna goryczka. Brakuje ciała i słodyczy, perfekcyjnie schowany alkohol.
OmegaX (1318) - Florida, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
4-pack, sipped on throughout the week. Aroma is piney, citrusy hops, caramel malts. Flavor is hop forward with a lot of pine tree flavor and thick caramel, sweet malts. Intensely flavored. Quite bitter.
Jabah (138) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First time I tried this about 15 years ago, I thought the alcohol content was higher. Tried again a few months ago. Pours a darker-medium brown, slightly amber color and has a strong barley and yeasty smell. Leaves a nice lace from the thickness and alcohol. Taste is semi-sweet at first but goes down bitter and very hoppy. Barleywine is not my favorite type of beer, but this is on the lighter compared to some of the heavier 11-14% ones.
rdixon77 (1324) - Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old rating. Very solid barley wine. Big resinous and piney hops, sweet and chewy malts, some dark fruit.
GlassBrass440 (206) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 vintage opened 5/4/15. Pours a dark brown with whipped cream thick eggshell head that lingers and dissipates so slowly that you donít notice until itís gone. Aromas of molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, and bunt cookies. Caramel, red grape juice, raisin, plum, alcohol, and bitter orange peel which lingers - assertively - long into the finish. Thick and sticky mouthfeel. Another year or two and this will be better, I would think.
kevinsenn (1329) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from SlovakSniper; thanks! Caramel, apple, and light citrus aroma. Bitter taste with some underlying sweet caramel. Long bitter finish. Some lemon notes. nice.
bartzluke (78) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 vintage consumed Apr 2nd, 2015. 12 oz pour from room temperature bottle into a stemmed tulip glass. Moderate pour produced a large white head. Clearly lots of carbonation. Color is a beautiful red. Opaque. Nose is sweet and fruity, like candy. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not bad. Taste is bitter and dry. Floral, fruit (both citrus and tropical). A bit of a yeasty aftertaste. Layers of flavor here-- evolves as it sits in my mouth. An interesting beer. I can see why itís a classic.
bgold86 (35) - - APR 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Overrated, but still solid. Needs to be cellared when you purchase, very annoying. Lagunitas Gnarly wine is so much cheaper and you get so much more, both taste young though..
nihtila (1281) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.9.2014. Dark copper colour. Smells caramel, malts, hops, pine, resin. Full, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet malts, towards finish dryer hops and ends with strong wood, also resin. Also some alcohol. Fruity hoppy, earthy BW. Actually quite good.
ordybill (420) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has that "SN" hop aroma.
Appearance- A reddish colored brew that looks wonderful.
Taste- The hops are mixed with some pine and there is a bitter aftertaste, not bad.
Palate- This is a medium to heavy bodied brew with moderate carbonation. It is a dry finish beer with a nice hop bite.
Overall- A good beer but it doesnít taste like a traditional barleywine.