Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
#7 Bottle [Sk8viking great American blind tasting] Small fine bubbled off-white head. Cloudy amber color. Fair display of lacework. Aroma of wood, vanilla, mild sour notes, milky like notes. Over the palate came mild sour notes with bread, grain, and fruit. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Moderated sweet and mild sour flavor. Mild sour and sweet finish. 7 / 3 / 5 / 3 / 10 = 2.8
IrishBoy (3923) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 L Bottle from tytoanderso; Nose of caramel, dark fruit, and toffee; clesr cherry-rust colored with a big, glass-lacing, straw head; flavor of brown sugar, raisins, and vanilla; finish is light alcohol warmth. Much better than their BB Impy Stout!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at the RBSG grand tasting on 6/23/07: Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of lightly caramely sweet malt with a touch of light fruity esters and a hint of tartness. Body starts thinner and slightly sugary but has a touch of bourbon and fruity tartness. Better than the regular barleywine, but not by much.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBSG 07 Minneapolis Grand Tasting: Caramel ruby colored, light creamy head, nice lacing. Nose of tart grassy hop, dusty malts. Finishes with some alcohol and tart grassy fruit. Ok, but a bit thin.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 Edition. Deep amber with a fine, thin tan head. Rich, malt-driven aroma thick with caramel, toffee, molasses along with red fruits, oak, vanilla, and maderized characteristics. Very robust flavor profile which includes many of the characteristics found in the aroma. Quite sweet, but not cloying, with distinct bourbon and oxidized flavors. Alcohol is well-integrated into the body but still shows its strength in a long, warm finish.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Barley Wine, BA
Source: Tasting, RBSG 2007
clear dark amber, fine tan head,
infected caramel malt aroma,
rich caramle malt flavor, lots of vanilla sweetness, light oaky tartness,
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 13/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, this is freakin’ fantastic. beautiful auroma and fantastic taste make this the second-best barley wine I’ve tried. Damn good beer.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
1L bottle, which I finally popped open at BCTC 2007. Pours a hazy, orangish-amber color; slight, off-white head with patchy retention. Dense, candy sugar and boozy maple syrup in the aroma; not much of a bourbon character. Full, chewy mouthfeel: overly sweet maple syrup and sugary mouthfeel upfront; some dried fruits and chewy candy sugar; way too sweet. Lengthy, sugary and slightly tart citrus finish. Disappointing.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this...
Appears a semi-transparent dark amber with a small beige head that slowly fades out. Spots and streaks of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of bourbon, light apple, spicy plum, caramel, raisins, vanilla, and oak.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some citrus and vanilla coming through more in the taste.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with notes of apple, caramel, vanilla, oak, and caramel candy swirling along the palate for a warm and deceiving finish.
jason (1703) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Thanks to hopdog for sharing. Pours a deep red body with thin head. aroma is sweet, light bourbon, light sweat. Flavor is light and sweet bourbon but it is really subtle. Light caramel.