AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 13, 2008
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours ruddy brown with a TON of sediment. So much so that between that, and the rancid flavor, there had to be something wrong here. I could barely drink one sip of this before pouring it out. I hope to come accross this again and try to see if the first one was bad. Until I do, my rating will have to stand.
jrob21 (2351) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one from Old MrCrow. Caramle aroma with big sweetness. Slight metallic bitter hops. Big of an unpleasant alcoholic bite on the finish. Reminds me more of a double IPA than a barley wine. Pours cloudy brown with a decent tan head.
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. 2008 vintage. pours ruby with thin soapy off white head. aroma is a bit metallic, citrusy hops, caramel malts, also a bit soapy and thin aroma. flavors are citrus and leathery hop notes with caramel malts, the medium tends to feel prickly, and the finish is rather metallic-tiny. perhaps age could help this beer cuz it certainly couldn’t hurt it.
robforbes (2048) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
purchased at 99 bottles in federal way, washington.
pours a clear copper with a thin egg-shell head.
smell of caramel, fruit, spice.
taste is watery, spice, pepper, touch of caramel, some fruit, slight bitter ending.
after4ever (5934) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours murky, grainy dark brown with thin grayish rim. Big sweet malt nose--brown bread, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar. Medium, cream body that does get a bit watery here and there but still maintains nice dimensionality. The bread and oranges are back for the mid-palate, along with the sugar and caramel, joined by roast and toasted nuts. This has a lot of complexity and would age well--maybe exceptionally well. Surprised how much this one has to offer after just 6 months on the floor.
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma was a strange candied smell. Tastes of bitter fruit, dry hops, caramel, and spice. Palate had a unique dry feeling. Thanks to Old Mr Crow for this one.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
solidly strong bite to the nose, classic barleywine aroma. beautiful bronze, faint head. light bodied for a barleywine, the flavors of wood, raw sugar cane and burnt cherry are muted with a chewy leafy hop finish.
HughConway (745) - Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours ruby brown with a creamy white head. Nice hop aroma. Nice creamy bitter taste with sweet finish. Nice body. A bit hoppier than the standard barleywine.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours sparkling clear dark amber, with ruby hues. A beige, dense head rose to an inch and slowly receded to an opaque skim coat on the surface. Some nice webs of froth cling to the glass.
Aromatics are vineous and malty. A large red wine character meshed with crystal malt waft upward. Raisiny alcohol notes come forward along with hints of vanilla and smoke. A bit sweet but quite complex.
Medium bodied but very sticky and a bit syrupy.
The pallet leads off with more red wine and sweet malt. Scortched sugars and cherry cough syrup continue, with port-soaked raisins and grape tannins coming through as it warms.
Finishes a bit hot and sweet, with lingering warmth and a firm bitterness.
Still a little rough around the edges after 3 years, and quite unique for a Barleywine. The "Reserva" moniker on the label is well deserved.
IrishBoy (3753) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from jjpm74; Thanks! Nose of prunes, caramel sweetness, and a vanilla note; cloudy rusty red/prune color with a small straw head; flavor is raisiny, with light hop bitterness, and a toffee note. Finish is light bitterness and some alcohol.