NielsenRatings (8279) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home, thanks to jcnielsen! Thanks Jetson! Pours a hazy orangish brown appearance with a small tan head. Rich dark fruity, lively tannic, grainy fresh oaky, vanilla, caramel aroma. Super fresh oaky, big vanilla, somewhat boozy/strong, leather, tannin, caramel, dark chocolate, fig, raisin flavor with a bit strong but fairly smooth finish. Pretty tasty.
Ontbeertaster (2269) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours a medium brown, aroma is bit oaky and the flavour is really smooth and a nice woody flavour, lots of vanilla, and just really full bodied and flavourful, one of the best b wines i have had in awhile, yum
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - OCT 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. The head is nonexistent, off-white. The beer itself has the color I would expect from a barley wine: a clear dark red copper. Looks good. Aroma is some fruity hops, raisins, almond / marzipan. Flavor reminds me a bit of a strong American IPA, but the raisins differentiate it from those. Carbonation is soft and mouthfeel pretty smooth. Finish is slightly bitter and sweet, some alcohol.
What a great beer. Reminds me of Anchor Old Foghorn, which is the archetype barley wine for me, i.e. very good. The taste of alcohol at the end takes a bit away from my points. But, nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
LoFi (1524) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby with a beige head.
Aroma: wet dog, wool mittens, sweet maltiness with toffee, grapes.
Taste: raisins and dried fruit, toffee, oak, light earthy, grape juice, sweet, honey, some kind of candy.
Quite full bodied with medium carbonation.
I was hoping for more from this one.
anders37 (15588) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty woody vanilla aroma. Sweetish malty woody dark fruit and caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty vanilla woody caramel finish.
PotjeBier (1442) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Beer Temple. Clear red-brown color. Off white to beige head, sticky. Aroma’s: sticky toffee and resinous hops. Retronasal the oak wood (vanilla) comes out clearly combining well with the toffee. Flavor is medium sweet with notes of wood. Medium body. Finishes malty, lightly bitter. Real nice.
Indra (2570) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bottling date 2/15/12. Richly malty and sweet aroma, hugely complex with notes of dark brown sugar, dried fruit, citrus, pineapple, oak, vanilla, earthy, spicy hops and some faint medicinal alcohol in the background. Deep, dark amber in color with a fine, uneven, lasting, light tan head. Flavor profile is just huge in all possible ways like a good Barleywine should be, with dark, sweet, toffeeish, toasty malt, floral, citric, earthy hop, oak accents, and a strongly bitter, long, warming finish. A certain sugary raisin fruit character lurks in the background throughout. Palate is chewy and thick with a massive body. Oak presence is there, but certainly not overwhelmingly so. This is quite nice after 10 months of somewhat accelerated aging.
sic1314 (2586) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Beer Temple. Poured dark brown with minimal tan head. Aroma of roasted, medicinal malt. Medium body, flavour is overpoweringy medicinal with a severe, dry aftertaste.
_angst_ (2377) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bought @ Bierkompass.de. Pours clear copper with a small frothy offwhite head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet, malty and tiny metallic with caramel, alcohol, vanilla fudge, roasted coconut, charred wood, toffee and alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with caramel, sweet bread, golden syrup, roasted coconut, vanilla fudge, wood and orange peal. Mouthfeel is round, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with caramel, orange peal, resinous wood, pine and toffee.
BelgianBeerGal (3022) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the bottle at Big Beers but later in the evening so the notes are getting scant: sweet caramel, dark fruit, barrel/woody/earthy, light hops and vanilla.