Stew41 (1753) - 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 (257) - 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 (1700) - 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 (1068) - 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 (136) - 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 (1399) - 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 (341) - 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 (561) - 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.
Pterodiacetyl (55) - California, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I'm having this after a long day of drinking. Not well thought out. I imagine with a few years of age this will be amazing.
Homer321 (2117) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2014 Draft. At the barrel. 2009 in 2014 for the 5 year anny party. Pours a cloudy dark copper color with medium white head. Nose full of cheesy hops and dried fruit. Apricot mostly. Lots of hop flavor and aroma still for a rotted beer. Decent but still lots of hot alcohol.
Had again blind thanks to Beechner224. Lots of toffee and fruitiness in the nose. Some fruity apricot in the flavor. Still the same score.