KansaiBeerLvrs (880) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.6% A bottle from Antenna America. The beer pours a gorgeous amber red, with a beige head. A rich sweet malt aroma with some citrus hop notes. It has a thick mouthfeel but the taste is too bitter, this barley wine is too young I think. Some caramel, some pine but it hasn’t become balanced yet, a shame I couldn’t wait longer to open it... I enjoyed the oak aged version more, this one has a quite bitter aftertaste which doesn’t do it for me. If you want a hoppy barleywine rather than a more traditional take on one this will suit you just fine.
Crispy34 (282) - Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 edition bomber bottle. Aroma is a good barley wine aroma. The appearance is brown with a lasting tan head. The taste start out sweet and rises to a dry hop finish. Palate is a little off putting. Overall, a dang good barely wine, and one I look forward to trying again since I am aging a bottle as well.
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jjgmd (1050) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy orange brown color with a small head. Nose is hoppy with predominant citrus and woody pine. Taste is sweet with citrus and moderate bitterness and alcohol. The finish is long, bitter and lingers with fruity alcohol notes. Quaff Score 7 / 10
zgaier (1016) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a muddy brown with a light tan head and aroma of hops and citrus. Taste is bittersweet, massive hops with fruits, citrus, alcohol, and light carmael with a warming, long, dry finish with some alcohol. Complex, delicious barley wine
Ataraxia (234) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 vintage. Sticky aroma of raisins, figs, caramel malt, brown sugar, and molasses. Sweet, full-body, heavy, and boozy. Smooth, still well carbonated, and a long bitter finish. A bit of oxidation but still holding up very well.
cbfobes (1940) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a local tasting, thanks Matt! Pretty sure this was a 2009 bottle, pours a burnt orange with a thick off white head, the aroma has some good hope notes, more than I was expecting for being 4 years old, the malt and sweetness does come through though, the flavor still has a strong hop front end with a sweet finish though, nice mouthfeel, pretty good stuff.
Geokkjer (5002) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. pours golden with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of malt, grains, some floral notes, some herbal notes and grains. Flavor is sweet and malty with some grains, some bitterness, grains, alcohol and dried fruits. Full body, soft carbonation.
rader58 (740) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2013 22oz 2012 bottle on 11/15/13. Pours opaque dark copper with hues of red. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, peat, raisin. Flavor is caramel, molasses, raisin, plum, pine, vanilla, alcohol. Sweet up front that mellows though nice balanced and dry finish. Quite nice
beertholomeus (366) - California, USA - MAY 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours rich amber color with off white frothy head. Hop, malt and toffee aromas. Hop, malt and toffee flavor with a hint of alcohol. Very bitter finish. Very tasty.
RespertFTW (347) - Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at crunchys. Nice color and aroma but much more bitter flavor than I had hoped. Hop heavy taste. Almost like an IPA.