jcwattsrugger (11860) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap-pours a rich light brown head and copper color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-toffee, dark fruit-plum, licorice. BW meets black IPA. Taste is licorice, sweet medium malt-toffee, dark fruit-plum. Slight alcohol for 13.8% (listed @brewery).
alobar (3358) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy amber color with an off-white rim head. Good lacing. Powerful aroma of hops and caramel malts. Bitter hop taste with underlying sweetness of caramel malts. Decent, but not exceptional.
Sammy (10566) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2010 On tap at the Rattle ’N’ Hum. Classic barleywine,unexceptional, with a little bourbon, a tad of chocolate, a tad sour. Dark colour with white head.Mouthfeel a tad above average. Malt complexity draws you in a bit, but taste does not quite live up to it.
Maybe better on cask.
wxman (1689) - 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 (2853) - 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 (7779) - 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 (5882) - 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 (1288) - 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.