r464 (2038) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite strong in the floral hoppiness of aroma and flavor. Sweet, with a flavor of dried fruit, hops, sweet malts, and nuts. Strong, worthy of a long savory drink.
madmitch76 (18113) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
27th March 2009
Hazy amber beer. Low carbonation. Soft to medium palate. Sweet malt that quickly gives way to sweet fruit overlaid by briney hops and an aniseed alcohol warming finish.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Courtesy of Pailhead. Clear amber with no head. Aroma is very muted with some crystal/caramel character and not much else. Flavor is overly sweet, almost like unfermented candi sugar. Slight alcohol in finish, almost no hop character to speak of. Slight oxidation. Watery thin.
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ BPP. Hazy red coppery brown pour with a short off-white head leaving light lacing. Dates and figs nose. Start and middle are more of the same with a heavy whiskey and rum booziness entering late and lasting through the finish. Medium body and carbonation. No hop aromas detectable, very sweet. One of the least pleasing barleywines I’ve had.
manuchampions (1243) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2 12oz bottles shared at Gerry’s Xmas Big Beer Vertical. Thanks Gerry! Pours a deep brown, slightly copper colour with thin head that faded to a ring quickly. Aroma, sweet. citrus, a lot of orange some lemon lime. Bittersweet flavour of caramel,toffee and brown sugar. More grapefruit notes later on. Alcohol is pretty evident and not as refined as I would like, perhaps aging will melow this. Thick body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Very nice.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: A boozy basic barley wine with strange cardboard notes. Meh.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed when about 1 year of age
The look: Murky amber with lots of medium size particles. Small beige head leaving good lacings
In long: Nose of marmalade and wooden resinous hops. Taste is a bit here and there. First I thought the beer had a strange astringency that was almost like cardboard-mouth-drying. There was no oxidation sign on the nose and the beer was purchased one year ago from a beer store with a good turn around (Julio’s). So I really don’t know what to make of this slight strange cardboard astringency. Outside of than that I got some caramel, some dried fruits, plywood, some hops resin, lots of booze. Very warm boozy finish. Maybe I got a bad bottle. Some might say "what does this always happen to me?" but do we really need a rhetorical question in a beer rating?
BiddleBrau (1023) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the Brickskeller in DC. Not quiet sure what I had as it was noted as an Imperial Common. I thought it was a barleywine. Amber with nice off-white head that left nice lacing. Big caramel malt nose. Alcohol present, thin malty, hoppy and a bit dry.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I cant get much at all off the aroma, pretty bland nose. Taste is still hot (2007 bottle) and very one note, caramel. Not very good.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of fishingnet. Poured a clear copper color with a thin beige head. Nose has huge notes of caramel and pine, also some spice, citrus, and plum. Thin to medium body with a slightly watery mouth feel and soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet and malty with huge piny hop notes. Primary notes of toffee, pine, and citrus, secondary notes of plum, and faint anise. Finishes with a good amount of warming alcohol.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour was amber with two fingers of beige head. Nose is caramel, malt, hops, and booze. Taste is exactly the same as the nose. This brew is a bit too hot for my tastes, and the alcohol really makes it self known in the finish. The caramel that is prevalent throughout is very well done with this beer.