cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
amber color, aroma of wheat, toffee, burnt caramel, flavors of wheat, toffee, burnt caramel, booze, the tartness of the wheat balances well with the sweet malt, med body, very enjoyable
rejtable (1860) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Black Squirrel. Pours clear light amber with lots of foamy head and lots of lacing. Nose is cereal and fruit. Flavours of juicy fruit, cheerios, dough. Taste is medium bitter and medium/light sweet. Full body with lively carbonation and quite an alcohol burn.
KyotoLefty (8000) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bottle, well cellared. Lovely deep red-amber, cloudy, with a bit of lace. Malty, wheaty nose, estery fruits, port, bit of gum, oxidation. Nicely fruity, raisins, plums, cherry, grape. Tangy, lightly hoppy finish. Alcohol is smooth and not very noticeable. Bit of burn in the end with hops. A bit too oxidized for perfection, but it has aged nicely. Probably 1-2 years past its prime, but still nice. Very nice fruit character.
ads135 (3653) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A solid strong wheat ale from a solid brewery. Nicely sweet with a touch of bitterness at the end. Some orange and caramel throughout.
BenH (3207) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Looks incredible, clear dark amber red with off white head. Smells oxidised, sherry, caramel, dried fruits. Taste is similar, dried fruit, sherry, oxidised, caramel. Sweet with some alcohol
closey22 (1292) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy deep copper with little offwhite head; aroma is mildly hoppy with some tart earthy grainy notes; flava is malty grainy with some hop bitterness; feels light yet creamy; finishes mildly dry hop bitterness mingled with hint of tartness
HonusWagner (1793) - Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 Bottle I finally opened in December 2014. A touch oxidized and obviously still pretty sweet but has nice fruity notes and some caramelly sweetness. Certainly a fine beer to cellar.
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours a veiled reddish amber with a short lived white head. Aroma is alcohol, fruits, loads of malts. Flavor is red berries, loads of caramel, resin, brown sugar. Finish is alcohol warmth, touch of hops and wood. Medium to full body, soft mouthfeel, weak carbonation. Might be a bit too strong.
czar (6024) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 vintage. pours unclear dark golden with a small light beige cap, some retention and lacing. toffee fruitiness, some melons - borderline rotten though, grapefruit peel, very woodsy if not woody, spicy berries, pepper perhaps, wheat tartness - no huskiness, brandy-like warming alcohol, hint of sweetness - tasty barley sugar, light earthy notes. light carbonation, medium body - oily, warm and wheaty-grassy-lightly earthy finish. great balance and mouthfeel. surprisingly enjoyed!
Crompt (122) - York, South Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Won’t lie I was a little scared of this one but I’m pleasantly surprised. Smells like a big barley wine with lots of toffee and oak. Good favors of toffee and oak with a hint of hops but then turns pretty alcohol harsh and bitter fast. Not bad but not sure I want a whole 22oz myself and honestly miss the bourbon in these oak barrels as that May round out some of the bitter harsh finish with some sticky sweetness.
fidelis83 (2213) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy dark amber to copper pour with a thick skim, creamy to soapy beige head. Aroma is big on toffee and caramel, nice tangy floral notes, lemon curd some pleasant booziness and earthy hops. Flavor is toast, biscuit and crusty chocolate chip cookies (light on the chocolate), soft, tangy floral notes more reminiscent of rose or hibiscus than typical hoppy notes. Medium to heavy body, appropriately chewy feel throughout and a light to medium carbonation. Good stuff, lots of interesting grain character, definitely recognizable as related to a Barley Wine, but different enough to warrant the title. Great cold weather beer.