KapitiCritique (367) - Xincheng, Henan Province, - JUN 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
AROMA: Dark sugars and tropical fruits--coconut mostly;
APPEARANCE:dark bronzed-brown, a tad murky, good fine light brown head with thin lacing;
TASTE: medium sweet, very little bitterness, no hint of sourness, very slight astringency;
PALATE: full bodied but n the light end of the spectrum so to speak, a little bit sticky, softly carbonated, longish sweet and slightly bitter finish;
OVERALL: very nice
SPDickerman (1014) - Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours mahogany with a small beige head. Smells of oak, toffee, caramel, hints of pine. Taste is sweet, oaky, caramel, touch of pine. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Southern Tier Oak Aged Back Burner finishes with a soft lingering oakiness.
Frothmeister (614) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1pt 6floz bottle. In the cellar for about a year and a half. The older I get, the more I’m beginning to realize I kind of love barley wine. The smell alone. When it’s well made, so damn good...and this, so damn good. Pours a hazy copper with a thin beige head, and some serious lacing. On the nose, ice wine like notes, resinous hops, caramel, and as it warms the barrel comes through with some buttery notes. It smells genuinely delicious. As for taste, full bodied and moderately sweet, the barrel comes through up front (light butter, vanilla), as well as some soapy hop notes, burnt sugar, some alcohol burn, and light resinous notes that lead into some solid malt that brings you through to the bitter citrusy (orange peel) end. Another for the "should have bought more" pile.
jbruner (2732) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy copper brown from the bottle with thin wisp of bubbly tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and vanilla from the barrel. Taste follows, nice big oak aged barley wine, sweet and crazy. I would like to try out fresh, this is a 2 year old bottle, but damn, very nice.
outlawskies (454) - - OCT 12, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Julie says its a Andy beer it is a tremendously hoppy Barnsley wine Julie gives a 2.5
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Bulk_Carrier (2442) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hailing all the way from upstate New York, Southern Tier sends this warm and welcoming Barleywine to venture me further into my escape of the night into pure beer bliss.
Thank you to Breeze In, Juneau AK for getting your first Southern Tier beer on Growler fill or at least for as long as I have lived in Juneau.
This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a semi - dark red to brown color with what starts off as a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing that tried to stick to the sides of the glass but slides at a decent rate.
The smell had a decent caramel and toffee blend of malts. It wants to show a sweetness but comes across with a fair amount of vanilla. There’s even a light nuttiness. Ah, finally, there’s the oakiness, damn, that took a long time to come out.
The taste was pretty much exactly the same way I described the nose and in the same order.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with just a tad of sessionability about it. Sessionability? In a Barleywine, hmmmm...I’m wondering how old is this?
Overall, uh...okay, so I’m not getting any hoppiness from an American Barleywine and there’s not any of the normal "tobacco" aroma from an English Barleywine. Though this was just put on tap today, how old is this? I guess it’s a decent perhaps "aged" Barleywine depending upon when this really came out. I stand on the fence until further notice.
conway (1821) - - JUL 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Clear ruby with an off white head. Aroma is melon and oak. Taste adds vanilla, cherry, almond and booze. Medium sticky palate. Good.
PorterPounder (5880) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 22 oz bomber - Fire Sale price of $2.99. Deep dark brown pour with ruby red accents and a long lasting medium thick khaki colored head. Aroma has some fruity date accents, some bourbon, some brown sugar. Full-bodied flavor with lots of malty fruity goodness reminiscent of brown sugar, dates and some molasses. Just a touch of citrus bitterness comes through in the back end, some oaky bourbon notes. Mouthfeel is thick and full. Pretty solid and an absolute steal for $2.99.
Aurelius (4530) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, clear chestnut brown. Bomber. Bad label. One finger light tan head. Woody, chalky, sweetish, peat, putty, light vanilla, happy aroma. Boozy, prominent oak and vanilla. Lots of hops, but somehow malt-forward at the same time. Sweeter as it warms. Dough and chemicals. Edgy, woody, lightly astringent. Thick mouthfeel, lively carbonation. New Leaf Market.
Stuu666 (5347) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown, sweet toffee, caramel, light fruit, dry and bitter.
jkwood04 (4365) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours brown/copper with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel and toffee from the malts, some bitter hops, light oak, and some dough. Flavor the same. Average texture. A pretty standard beer, nothing exceptional or really unique.