wxman (1575) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a somewhat pale amber color with a substantial off white head. Smoky soy sauce aroma. Sweet roasted malt, licorice, dark fruit and brandy taste. Hop bitterness shows up after the swallow. Quite good!
Maverick34 (2584) - New York, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
draft from ginger man nyc. darkish color, floral, taste was a bit of alcohol. not a huge fan of the style and this isn’t an easy one to love if you’re not.
blipp (6974) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours golden amber with a white head. Hoppy aroma with some light sweet malts. The flavor has a nice hoppy bitterness with some toffee like malt notes. Not bad.
tangent (28) - San Pedro, California, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into a pint glass a dark amber brown color with a small light brown head. Lacing is good.
The nose is really sweet. Chocolate and caramel malt aromas.
The flavors are very complex. To be honest I couldn’t even put my finger on everything I was tasting! Mostly chocolate and caramel malt flavors, dark fruits - mostly cherry, with a nice hop bitterness on the finish. At 10.2% the alcohol is very well hidden at this point.
The body was fairly medium for a barleywine, with good carbonation. As complex as it is, it is done well. Very balanced and drinkable, this one makes for a damn good barleywine. If you have the chance, cellar this for some time! 3 1/2 years did mine justice. This made my day!
drfabulous (4804) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Taps Pentaluma. Loved it. Ratings here are harsh, but I found the caramel and toffee to be very nice. Alcohol was not intense, though later I could feel that 13%. Very enjoyable and tasty.
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty harsh. Alcohol is really in your face. Some whiffs of rubbing alcohol. You must drink it warm to let it bloom and mellow a bit. Big grainy flavor.
keidjxz (183) - Fullerton, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark in color with a sweet aroma of caramel. Malty caramel flavor that isn’t overly sweet with a bitter note that balances it nicely and makes it pleasantly dry.
blutt59 (6237) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, amber color with slight foam, aroma of lots of alcohol, caramel and dark fruit, flavor is much better with only slight amount of alcohol present on the finish, good caramel and hop notes
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle,wife grabbed it for me. Aroma is lightly floral. Pours a burgandy brown off white head. Flavor is floral and malt. Palate is sweet and medium bodied finishing just slightly bitter. Overall, nicely done.
zach8270 (3863) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Ruby color with a creamy tan head. Sweet caramel malts at the beginning of the aroma with a light floral hop finish. Flavor is sweet and malty with hints of honey and caramel at the beginning with a bitter hop middle and a bitter and lingering hoppy finish. Alcohol is warming on the way down.