thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - FEB 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours orange hue with thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is malt, caramel, slight alcohol, taste is sweet malt, caramel, fruits, some bitterness mostly on finish, warming, dry.
stldicedealer (26) - Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surprised at how thick a head and the amount of lacing this had for a barleywine. A little boozy on the finish, but it is a barleywine. Solid beer by style and price.
Erasmus_ro (1826) - Alabama, USA - JUN 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle, 06/06/15. Pours auburn with a nice brownish head. Aroma is semi-sweet, a wallop of caramel and resin. Dried fruit, some date. Taste follows along the same lines, some liquorice. Full Really nice.
AirForceHops (4398) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 vintage purchased at the brewery today for a reasonable $12.50. Spilt 2/ways with Willrunforbeer. Mostly clear amber in color with fast dying head. Aroma is exactly as it should be, dark fruits, toasted grain, barley, earth malts. What surprised me the most about the flavor is it does not show any oxidation. The finish is sweet without any cloying affect. The alcohol is almost completely hidden with just the lightest warming after the swallow. This is well worth the money I spent on a brewery aged beer.
WillRunForBeer (1328) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber from 2011 that AirForceHops just picked up from the source. Thanks, Chris! Pours medium amber with a beige head. Aroma is molasses, brown sugar, dates, raisin, mild floral finish. Flavor is caramel, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, oak. This is nice and smooth and doesn’t show any oxidation off flavors.
Aniela (3537) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Clear amber beer with a beige head. Malty caramell aroma. Fruity, caramell toffee flavour.
bartzluke (270) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2015 4 oz pour from tap into sniffer at 54 degrees. 2013 version. Huge head and a beautiful ruby color. Nose is complex. Fruit, yeast, and a little pine. Musty (like rotting wood but not in a bad way). Full bodied and creamy. Taste has a lot going on. Fruit, grass, woody, a little citrus hidden in there. The alcohol is hidden amazingly well. No trace unless I really look for it. A little sweet.
DiarmaidBHK (3688) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Wegman’s Williamsport. Bottled in 2009. Another dusty oldie from the back of my fridge. Pours brown with a thin khaki head. I’m surprised it has any carbonation at this point so I guess that bottle-conditioning thing is working. Does smell a bit boozy on the nose. diesel fuel on the tongue although there’s a hint of fig if you look for it. fairly malty on the finish which isn’t a surprise. barleywine ’s not exactly my favorite style, and even with some age this is still some potent stuff.
crossovert (9089) - Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
650ml bottle. Brown pour, Very sweet all around, a bit thinner for a barleywine, definitely boozy, not a top barleywine for me.
larsniclas (6004) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled from Systembolaget. Semi-gusher
Hazy amber with almost no head.
Sweetish aroma and flavour with toffee.
Vinous, a bit too alcoholic.
Stuedmaster (298) - San Marcos, California, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours amber with a ruby red hue...one finger, dense, white head with nice lacing, vigorous bubbles. Aroma of caramel, pine resin, grass, lemon rind, toasty malt, slight earth, nuts, alcohol. Has a sweet and fruity malt profile with an aggressive high-alpha hop assault, leaving a bitter aftertaste. Typical of many Am. barley wines, but has a certain softness and drinkability for such a high abv. Overall quite good...full body, sticky texture, lively carb., and bitter finish.