mjg74 (2457) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Corked bottle from Valley Farm Market. Hazy dark amber brown in color. A lot of foam welling up. Nose is slightly sweet with some dark fruit and fig. Quite sweet up front. Slick and full bodied. Sweet seems to dominate this brew. Seems like a little bit of a rye twang as well. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty tasty. Batch 79, 10% ABV.
jcwattsrugger (10903) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle–thanks to a generous trader-pours hazy copper with a tan head. Aroma is light/medium fruit, malty/wheat. Taste is light/medium fruit-pear, spice hops, rye/malty/wheat-caramel/toast. 3.4 OK, as it warms, [1st glass I let warm to maybe 40, 2nd glass to mid/upper 40s] nice softening and some more esters+flavors. 3.8
BBB63 (5699) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked bottle and served in NB worthy glass: Pours a deep amber with a small but lasting frothy head, spotty lace and some oily legs. The aroma has notes of crystal/caramel, bready pale, and slight roast malts. Some apple, pear, and grape fruity esters along with a dash of white pepper and dank. The rye seems to come out after warming up and really adds nice depth. The taste is smooth hybrid of an American and an English Barley Wine... heavy malt profile but the rye and brash dank American hops really keeps this in harmony and balance. I like the combination of tropical and orchard fruits The rye overtones makes this beer IMO. Yes, it is still a bit hot and forward making me think it cellar worthy but alas I only bought one bottle. The mouth feel is brash, aggressive and pungent with an minerally background. A nice BW which I come about after these years is not my favorite style. I would buy again only to lay down for 3-5 years.
JohnnyJ (4041) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear amber pour, off white head. Sweetness, stone fruit, caramel, sugary, cardboard, and some bittering hops. Not a very good barleywine, and not my favorite style.
JPDurden24 (1456) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at a tasting by a friend. Amber pour with a white head. Fruity aroma with a Little floral hop smell. Flavor has a lot of fruit character and malty. Pretty good stuff.
sonnycheeba (2955) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours mostly clear amber with thin, creamy white head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, honey, grassy hops, apples, wheat, and faint molasses. Flavor is sweet malt forward wig good supporting fruit esters and faint hops; dry, semi-sweet finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.
BeerandBlues2 (9001) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours clear amber with a medium, creamy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is caramel, cookie and toast malt, dates, light alcohol bubble gum esters. Flavor is malt dominant with alcohol, bubble gum esters, fruit notes, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at TND: Aroma of malt, barley, hops, dark ripe fruit, fruit, sight caramel, candi sugar, light rye, and a hint of alcohol. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Lightly hazy. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of malt, light rye, light alcohol, dark ripe fruit, fruit, hop, candi sugar, and caramel. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, medium bitter, hop, malt, rye, alcohol, finish is dry. 9/8%ABV is present throughout and a bit hot.
Fred82 (2091) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle at a tasting.
Appearance : Hazy amber with small head.
Aroma : Light fruits and light peachy notes. Some resinous hops.
Taste : Overcooked caramel, with light oxidation notes maybe. Finish light caramel and light pachy notes. Some hops as well.
Overall : Nice stuff but nothing memorable.
arkurzynski (1370) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to thome50. Amber with tons of white head. Aroma is mix of acidic tangy fruit and floral hops. Flavor is citrus fruit, apples, strawberries, light toasted and caramel malts, semi-sharp citrus bitterness, and sharp carbonic bite. Quite dry and over-carbonated. Covers any delicate rye character. Totally thins out the palate. Far too early to drink this one, but not sure if age would help.