GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle courtesy of akorsak poured into a snifter.
Pours a deep hazy amber with a small off-white head that left little lacing and hung around as a collar for the duration.
The aroma actually had a hint of hops still present up front with the caramel malts and toffee becoming dominant.
The taste has the same basic character of the aroma. The caramel malts and toffee are still dominant with a slight citrus presence up front. The overall character is slightly buttery and has a smooth finish.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a tad thin, but nothing too distracting. Itís still a bit prickly with a hop presence that I wasnít expecting to still be there.
This barleywine has held up well over the years and it was easy drinking as far as the style goes. Nothing stands out on this one, but itís a well-balanced beer overall.
punkska101 (728) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml shared with seb bought at winooski A: soft caramel, nutty App: hazy brown minimal white head. T/p: med body long bitter finish. Velvety texture O: OK but nothing exceptional.
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish brown with thin white head, Aroma is malts, nuts, caramel, Taste sweet malts, caramel, toast, lively and bitter on tongue, dry finish
Leafs93 (1505) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma is earthy, caramel and dark fruits. Taste is sweet with trace bitters, mostly sweet though. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy mouth feel with soft carbonation. Had off tap and it was much better then some of the reviews here, maybe there was an issue with the bottling.
bigrond (1408) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cheers for the 8.5%. But thatís about it. Everything else was very middle of the road. the flavor and body were very understated. Three words come to mind when I tried this one, weak, meek , and small.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A boring toasted and caramelized amber ale with oxidation. Meh.
How: Bottle 750ml, corked & caged. Age unknown, a few bottles bought not so long ago in Vermont but the taste makes me seriously doubt the freshness, probably an old dusty case found in the Winooski storage room.
The look: Cloudy dark amber body topped by a small beige head.
In long: Nose is basic toasted cereals with hints of cardboard oxidation. Taste is toasted cereals (bread crust), some caramel (less than expected for the style), earthy notes, some cardboard notes, distant notes of hops resin. Plenty of bubbles in a medium body. Not very sweet at all, especially for the style. Not very tasty either. No complexity, straight-up toastiness with a bit of caramel and not much else going on except for the oxidation. Very boring beer. I think one of my favorite beer store sold me an old bottle, but as I often say: fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me, fool me 634 times youíre a beer store and youíll fool me many many more times.
sonnycheeba (2528) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours clear dark amber with just a trace of creamy off-white head around the rim; some lacing. Aroma is mostly muted with some notes of toasted and cereal malts, figs, dates, and faint floral hops. Flavor is sweet malts forward with good supporting dark fruit esters and some floral hops, with a touch of spice and light booze; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (8456) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours clear amber with a small, frothy off-white head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is caramel, cookie and nutty malt with dates, plums, and apple esters and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with medium hops and bitterness, spicy alcohol, fruity esters and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[4743-20120818] Bottle. Toasted heavy fruit malt aroma. Slightly hazy, brown amber body with a quick off-white head. Boozy sweet roasted caramel malt flavour. Full body. Average. (7/3/7-/3/13) 3.3
(@ Campground Brewdown 2012, Millmont, PA)
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
all malt character/flavor here. Body seemed bit thin. pretty easy-drinking and seems like the barrel treatment might make this one absolutely stellar.
PhillyCraft (2581) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle with Keith, pours a hazy red color with creamy thin off white head, small lacing. Aromas and taste of dark fruit, sugar, very sweet malts, toffee, hops, barley grains, and ash. Very smokey and overly sweet finish. Boozey. Cool label art but the beer was very lacking.