zizzybalubba (1380) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz. bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI (2007 bottle with gold wax). Dark amber pour with a very thin off-white head. Very fruity orange and pineapple aroma at first that quickly fades into a sweeter tangerine with notes of vanilla, brown sugar, and toffee. The flavor is obviously fruity and is more akin to wine than beer. The flavors that come to mind are cherry, red wine, and caramel. The commercial description lists "sherry-like qualities" and I would agree with that. This is one of the more interesting barley wines I have tried.
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly murky copper color with a slight head. The smell is actually pretty fruity and malty. Fruit aroma is that if plum and fig with slight soy. Medium/heavy mouhfeel. Zero hop presence. Surpisingly fruit. Not terrible but not great either.
jrob21 (2462) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle back from BOTW. Pour is a syrupy and delicious looking copper color. This has all the qualities of a rich malty wineish drink without the burning alcohol you get in a lot of these takes on a barleywine. Points for that. Cherry, fruit, plum, a little molasses in the flavor. A sipping kind of drink due to the sherry like sweetness. An entirely too smooth finish. Hope profile is a little faint, grassy, herbal. A pretty nice and well balanced take here.
nearbeer (3584) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wax-top pint bottle. Deep copper with a lasting ring of creamy bubbles. Nose is cherry liqueur and raisin. Flavor is the same with some light oak. Medium body is slightly sweet, thinned by the alcohol, and lightly carbonated.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this at BCTC after the fest, back at the campsite. Pours a clear orange brown with a thin white head. Tons of sugar and caramel, toffee and vanilla. Lots of caramel, sweat malt. Very sweet. Toffee and light bitterness on the finish. Overall way too sweet.
shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from BOTW. pours a nice amber with quickly diminishing head. Aroma is that of a well-aged barleywine rather than a fresh one. Flavor is much the same but with a hint of sourness. Very nice stuff. Sprecher is a bit of a sleeper brewer.
jb (2143) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cherry, yeast, oranges, tea, caramel and general sweetness are in the air. Appearance-wise it is murky orange, brown tinge, tiny head, no lacing. Toffee palate, I was afraid this one would be too sweet from the nose, but not bad. Has a nice mouthfeel, a little grainy after the sugary start. Apples in the flavor too along with a tiny amount of booze. Nice. Except for the wax over the bottle cap, what a pain those are.
RickTStiles (696) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours red-orange with a nice white head and no lacing. sweet candied fruit aroma. dark fruit flavor with rich, sweet maltiness. Yeasty finish. A nice beer but more like a sour ale than a Barleywine
swoopjones (5595) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
BCTC 2010, courtesy of ???. Ratebeer tent. Bourbon caramel colored pour. Rich malt aroma, caramel & booze fill out the scent. Boozy & rich maltiness dominate the flavor. More sweet than rich. Decent BW
drpimento (2152) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Whoa, not at all what I was expecting from a Sprecher barley wine. Poured with a medium sized tan head that quickly subsides and no lace. Color is a clear mediium amber. Aroma is yeast hop malt and fruit. Flavor is a HUGE fruit salad! Peaches, oranges, cherries lemons, grapefruit etc. plus malt a little bitterness and hop. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor. Doubt that I’d want to have more than one or two at a time.