Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I figured this beer was an appropriate choice for a milestone like Bonds home run record. Bottle I think from DarkElf? Pours coppery brown with a trace of bubbles. Smells of caramel, some citrus, resiny undertones, hints of pepper. Tastes of caramel, toffee, some spices, earthy qualities. Mouthfeel is syruppy with a sweet sugary finish. Congrats to Bonds on breaking the all time home run record.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Clear copper color with fluffy tan head. Early the aroma is light with sweet sugary malts and pine hops. Really nice west coast style Barleywine flavor. Caramel malts are big and then pine hops hit. Just beyond midway a faint dark fruitiness emerges to add interest. Really nice drinkable flavor in this 10.2% ABV brew.
Emil (6069) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A amber beer with a beige head. The aroma is of caramel malt and heavy on the hops, just my thing. The taste is sweet caramel malt, bread, alcohol and lots of hops, also just my thin. Medium to full body with a sweet hoppy, alcohol burn finish. Jusy my kind of beer!
HogTownHarry (5905) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, blankboyís bottle - "kiss the ring 001". Clear deep copper with a small tan creamy head. Mild boozy / sweet citrus aroma, a bit boozy, hints of wood and cream - more like an ASA. Taste is very bitter, almost like burnt hops and booze, pretty much obscures the malt. Burnt and a bit watery, acidic mouthfeel, boozy with a long almost harsh finish; not crazy about it, too bad.
blutt59 (5875) - 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
Glouglouburp (5867) - 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 (Julioís). So I really donít 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?
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Hard Liver Barleywine Festival 09, Brouwerís Cafe. Crystal clear, somewhat rubied medium amber. Dense creamy tan head. Caramelly nose, a little boozy. Creamy medium body. Caramel, doughy malts, tangy oranges on the mid-palate.
marcus (5605) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This dark amber ale poured with a fluffy tan head and an alcohol and treacle aroma. The flavor is toffee, syrup and treacle with some raisin-flavored alcohol. This is the kind of beer that you either love or hate. Iím of the former persuasion.
blankboy (5603) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of DarkElf. Pours a clear copper with a spare diminishing off-white head. Mild aroma of citrus hops, fruit and caramel malt -- quite sweet and boozy. Flavourís somewhat one-dimensional, itís sweet and boozy with some burnt elements to it and has a harsh finish. Medium bodied. Itís O.K. but I was dissapointed, I expected much better.
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in my GL snifter: Poured a near ruby hue topped by a small ring and excellent lace. Aroma of apple and pear, carmel and toasty malt, piney and herbal hops, clove and pepper, and a hint of booze.
The taste is straight forward, Simple sugar and fruit greets ya followed by spicy and piney hops. A good mix of flavor palate.
A nice beer, not big but oh too drinkable. Mikey likey!