surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours amber, with a bit of chill haze but otherwise clear. Minimal head. Sappy aroma with lots of candied fruits (raisins, figs) but also some sweet brown sugar along with citrus hops, bread and some alcohol notes. Hop bitterness comes through up front, balancing the heavy malt profile nicely, followed by lots of citrus hops. Full bodied and sticky with average carbonation and a smooth, if somewhat bitter finish. Warming. Nice sipper.
probstblueribbon (3394) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from...Potsdam?, shared at NYE. Clear copper with a decent light tan head. Rich sweet maltiness, light butterscotch, a bit resinous and peppery, lots of alcohol, citrus fruitiness. Medium+ body with creamy carbonation. Intensely malty with big peppery, resinous hops, brothy, caramel, sticky.
williamstome (1495) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 vintage at Churchkey. Ruddy pour, small off white head. Aroma of cherries, grapes, caramel, chocolate, roast, fig, and prune. Taste follows, sweet and boozy. Great, viscous and full.
solidfunk (5943) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well done and easy drinking for style. Pours cloudy brown with good head. Citrus and some tang in finish. Some booze. Well done, and my kind of barley wine. Tap at Churchkey.
Prufrockstar (1642) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Churchkey (2013 and 2009 vintages). First, itís cool there are a bunch of vintage smutty beers on draft on a Monday night. Clear amber pour - 2013 has a bunch of head, 2009 has practically none. I must be getting burnt out on rating, because my impression of 2013 was "American barleywine; thick, syrupy beer concentrate; the usual" and my 2009 impression was "an old, stale, lifeless version or 2013." Anyway, sweet or oxidized depending on year; full body, slick texture. Overall: totally fine for what it is, but at this point in life itís nothing I really want to have again.
Nische (1397) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Martins place. Cloudy amber body with a low head. Dried fruit, citrus and malt together with light syrupy brown sugar. Strong alcohol in the finish.
jrodooo5 (1341) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty clean for a barleywine! A bit hoppy but still drinkable. Iím a fan! Give it a shot!
daje (2782) - NORWAY - JUL 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark amber body with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, bubble gum, alcohol and earthy hops. Taste is sweet, thick caramel, coffee, sweet fruity finish. Robust alcoholic and fruity aftertaste.
stldicedealer (30) - 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 (2083) - Alabama, USA - JUN 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2015 650ml bottle, 06/06/15, thanks bluus. 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 (4993) - 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.