BeerandBlues2 (11474) - Escondido, California, 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 (4959) - 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 (2128) - 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 (2012) - Combined Locks, 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.
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My Bottom Line :
Loud rye meets floral candies and cranberry fruitiness before tart edges are felt in this highly unusual Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy, dull amber.
-Even though I am usually one that loves creativity, I just felt this one wasn’t entirely cohesive.
-A nice coniferous edge comes from the hops, but it clashes with the discreet tartness.
-Rye is dominant in the nose and in the flavor profile, in a way I’ve rarely encountered before.
-This is a memorable strong ale for sure, just not one I’d seek out again.
deyholla (9291) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to joeneugs. Pours a hazy orangish amber with a white head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma ha a good amount of sweet fruit, with a bit of alcohol and backing rye. Flavor begins with sweet grains and fruit, but has a good amount of rye the comes out in the finish and a hint of hopiness.
hayduke (4294) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy red orange with a fat beige head and lots of lacing. Nose is malts, ripe fruit and flavorful hops.. Body is rich and firm and the carbonation and mouthful is slick and creamy... almost buttery. The flavor is loaded with malt, some. apricot fruit and lots of sweetness. The alcohol is never detected which is real plus. Outstanding beer.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Muddy caramel in color, large rocky sandy head, sticky lacing, sediment settles at the bottom of the glass. Sweet caramel and candied citrus peel on the nose. Has a fruity aspect to it too, almost like a really bright dark pitted fruit. Glazed/candied walnuts too. Smells tasty! Sweet and citrusy caramel on the tongue. A little young in that its hot, yet the bitterness is not too strong. Nice malty body, mouthfeel is moderate. Finishes with lots of sweet candied citrus peel and caramel. This was pretty tasty. Only thing I would add is to bump up the body a bit, and maybe give it a little more hops.   Other than that, really enjoyable. Thanks Richard!
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at GABF. Pours a deep coper with a thin head. Nose is big caramel and definitely on the sweet side. Don’t get the huge hops that are advertised. Some spiciness comes across, but mostly sweet. On taste, seems a bit underattenuated and very caramelly. Distant hops, but lacking balance. Not really my thing.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle from Whole Foods Hillcrest). Pours a clear dark copper color with a massive khaki head. Active carbonation. Aroma has tart berries, peppery spice and caramel. Taste is tart with some syrupy sweetness. Full bodied with a slick texture. Alcohol is warming, but not overbearing. A unique barleywine because of the tartness, but I think its successful.