ajnepple (2541) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle (2014) from Evergreen Discount, poured into a snifter at home. Ruby reddish brown, lightly hazy with sediment and a lingering tan head, moderate lacing. Aroma of alcohol, resinous hops, caramel malts, toffee, earth, pine and fruity esters. Similar flavor, strong, almost harsh, bitter, boozy and lightly sweet. Medium to full body, lingering, somwhat dry finish. Could use some aging.
NotoriousJ (39) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 vintage pours a deep amber color with a fine white head that recedes quickly with no retention. Aroma is of sweet caramels, roasted malts, honey. Rich malty flavor that mixes well with the intense bitterness. Really like this beer with a few years age to it would love to have another in 2 years guarantee it would be even better
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williamstome (991) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep ruddy brown pour, foamy tan head. Aroma of fruit and pita bread. Flavor of alcohol, fruit, toffee. Boozy and sweet, full bodied, sharp finish.
BadAprilia1000 (284) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2014 2012 Vintage. Pours a cloudy copper /dark amber. Very little head retention. Aroma on this beer is pretty profound. Smells of sweet malts, caramel, funky cheese, honey assorted berry fruits,, and a little bit boozy. Taste is pretty big. Notes of honey, caramel, candy sugar, roasted chocolate, cocoa nibs, pine hop notes, a slight nuttiness, and a little booze on the end. Very enjoyable. Very smooth on the palate. Very drinkable for an 11%-er could be really dangerous.
2014 Vintage - Pours a clear reddish brown color with a good thick head that sticks around. Aroma is huge malts, candy sugar, caramel, cheese funk, honey, warm fruit note, and no booze for an 11.6% ABV. Taste is enormous malt, a less sweet fruit than in the nose, caramel, bread, funky cheese, honey, cocoa nib bitter, and an almost piney hop note as well. The bitter finish makes it very palatable, overall a very impressive beer, one of the most drinkable barley wines I’ve sampled.
Niksko (376) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 vintage on tap. Gorgeous ruby amber color with some fine off white head. Nose is stupidly grainy, smells like freshly milled malts. Some toast, caramel, honey, red berries. Flavor is sweet caramel, toffee, honey, grainy, red berries, some pine bitterness on the finish. This is crazy good.
Advocate_Ames (446) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
4yr old bottle, 2010 early release. Pours a reddish copper color with a defined foam head that dissipates quickly to leave a soft ring of foam that hugged my glass. The aroma is rich of malts with sweet carmel malts dominating my nose. I also picked up on a weak old hop scent, booze, sugar, and possibly a weak fruit additive. In tasting I picked on a malts, toffee like flavor, sugar sweetener, and a medium to high level of booze. The finish was similar in the initial taste but it had a mild but kind lingering bitterness. Overall it was a damn good brew and age has been good to this bottle.
Doghair (263) - Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful malty caramel and fruit aroma. Taste is big and intense caramely malt. Fruit, raisins, a little coffee. Noticeable bitterness in the finish but it works with the sweetness. Excellent!
Jimthechap (1788) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the Great New Zealand Beer Festival, this was an excellent beer to end my tasting enterprises before I completely lost my organoleptic faculties. It was just as barley wine should be with a ruby-mahogany body and white head, deep lustrous copper beech, cherry and leathery aromas. A sweet body with excellent warmth and silky smoothness with a surprising elegant addition of woody bitterness. A long finish and a happy warmth left behind. I love barley wine and this is an excellent exemplar.
unclemike (2305) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light orange color with big ivory head. Citrus and malt aroma . Nice lacing. Another Stone over the Top beer. Alcohol is the firstthing that hits the palate. This stuff will kick your ass. Sour and sweet and bitter. I thought the alcohol taste was a bit much.
stevoj (2328) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the good stuff! Potent but extremely drinkable. Gorgeous appearance with a small creamy head, amber/ruby body, sweet fruit and cidery aroma, malt and hops kick in on the taste. Lots of warming action on the way down.