bhensonb (12042) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty aroma. Deep amber color under halogen. Rough malty flavor - a smooth version of the typically rough American brown ale. Somewhat flat flavor. The malt isn’t overwhelming, but the hops just don’t come through. Medium sweet mouthfeel. Raisiny, pruney aspects. If it was bottle conditioned, it might age well. Since it’s not, it won’t.
argo0 (11913) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle, vintage 2006) Small beige head atop clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, passion fruit, orange, some grapefruit/pine. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, mango, grapefruit/orange, some pine. Alcohol shows up in the finish, but not overly strong. Watery medium body -- surprisingly drinkable, and light for style and the ABV. Not sure what I think about this -- when I drink a barleywine, I want a big beer, and while the ABV and even the flavor match the style, the body is way outside what I’d expect. And while the body isn’t bad in itself, it’s not what I’m looking for in a BW.
Tmoney99 (11614) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured clear brown color with an average off-white frothy head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate spicy malty and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a light sticky texture. Medium sweet spicy flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Drinkable, but below average for style.
jcwattsrugger (11348) - 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).
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: Old Godfather
clear dark ruby red, whispy off white head that can be easily roused, rich sweet malt aroma with a bit of an alcoholic burn and some light floral hops, creamy body, rich carmel malt flavor, nice fruity character that starts off light and grows, touch of alcohol that disapates,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Ratman197 (10710) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle 2006 vintage poured a clear reddish copper with a minimal lingering light amber head. Aromas of light oxidation, toffee, dark fruit and light carmel. Palate was medium bodied smooth and lightly warming. Flavors of carmel, toffee, figs and dates with a smooth lightly warming lingering bittersweet finish.
BeerandBlues2 (10541) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2006 vintage bottle at Naja’s Place. Pours clear amber with almost no head. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, nutty, toffee), heavy hops (perfume, flowers, pine), average yeast (dough) with notes of alcohol, pear, apple, and date. Full bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a spicy-dry finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle from Secret Santa Stefanje. Thanks Stefan! Ruby brown pour with a slightly tan one-finger head. Rich brown sugar, toffee, raisin aroma with some spicy and peppery hop notes. Very hop heavy taste. Major citrus notes, with some leafiness and some notes of raisins and brown sugar. Full bodied. Alcohol is warming and fairly noticeable.
hopscotch (9956) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Clear, copper ale with a small, creamy, enamel head. Vineous, malty aroma with lots of toffee, tropical fruit and a touch of evergreen. The flavor possesses great balance of caramel sweetness and herbal bitterness... maybe even leans on the bitter side of balance. Tangy too. Medium to full-bodied with lively carbonation. Finishes medium-bitter and dry. More like an IIPA than a barleywine... Avery Hog Heaven-ish? Thanks go out to zathrus13 for the bottle!
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Vintage 2006. Poured a deeper copper color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of fruits, caramel, citrus, and nuts. Tastes of caramel, citrus, and some dark fruits. Some alcohol in the finish but doesn’t give away the 10+%. Nothing like a Barley Wine when its 80 degrees outside!