tmoreau (2377) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served, showing a clear, deep copper color, with a finger’s width of soft white head foam that diminished to film, but retained the perimeter ring, and equally clingy persistence to the waves & spots of lacing. A faint, but fleeting wisp of banana & phenols started the aroma, then continued with lurking alcohol, dried fruit, caramel sweetness, and light spice. The taste presented bold hop bitterness, big alcohol that warmed, malt fullness & light, syrupy sweetness, all in a medium to full body. An excellent sipper!
mcclainc50 (171) - New York, USA - MAY 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice amber color with a nice white head. Notes of the grains and a fruity note with pine in the background. Sharp taste in the middle that is almost metallic, but it’s surrounded with fruit I the front and a nice malty aftertaste. Very good barleywine.
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Upper class barley wine. Farm yard funkyiness, sweet super charged alcohol notes, massive malt, great length. Not overly complex for the style but nevertheless a good example. (40th bday drinks at Stone Liberty Station, $5 8oz).
Jimsal27 (235) - New York, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful amber with nice white head. Left thick heavy lacing throughout entire drink.big malty, hoppy flavors. Aggressive barley wine. Should have laid it done a while. Very good though.
SlackerMads (1544) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, vintage 2010. Light hazy red amber with a small beige head. Still quite hoppy, citrus, sweet tropical fruit, light cheesy. Malt notes of caramel and golden bread crust. Golden raisins, figs, warming alcohol. Full body, medium/heavy sweet and bitter, oily/syrupy texture, soft carbonation. Long dry and bitter finish. Big and classic American barley wine.
NeoHippie2 (977) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 vintage. Beautiful red/copper pour with a light beige head. Right off the bat this is one of the prettiest beers I’ve ever seen. Aromas of dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. Flavor is big sweet malts with lots of raisin and date notes. Finish is just slightly warming from the abv but it doesn’t taste anywhere near 11% An absolute treat, this beer has really aged well. Delicious.
coachd (92) - Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the 2014 Old Guardian. I was surprised at the low cost for a high ABV. Aroma is sweet and malty. Not too sweet, some honey and light floral notes. Great clean aroma. Great reddish-copper color with an off white head that is larger than most barleywines I have seen. Taste is not too sweet, not too bitter up front. Gets more bitter in the aftertaste, but still manageable. Alcohol is well hidden. Palate is slightly oily, slick, smooth. Fizzy, carbonated mouthfeel. This was great. It is changing my opinion about barleywine, which has not always been my favorite style. In terms of getting your money’s worth, this is one of the best I’ve had.
RABinCO (1212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Pours a nice ruddy brown. Faint white head. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, wood, and booze.Taste is sweet, bitter, grassy, citrus, slightly soapy. Dangerously drinkable.
Abrakarl (291) - SWEDEN - APR 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice, but not excellent. Sweet and sticky and complex.,...............................
chucklemation (453) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper with a foamy white head. Has a caramel, fruit, and brown sugar aroma. The fruit is less apparent in the flavor, which has a sweet caramel/sugar taste at the start before being dominated by medium bitterness. Not quite as bitter as Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Ale, and not quite as deep in its flavor, but still pretty good. Maybe a little raw. Has a warming alcohol burn.