changeup45 (1727) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle labeled as 2011. Dark reddish-brown pour with really not much of a head to speak of. There still seems to be quite a bit of spotty lacing clinging to the glass after each sip. The aroma has molasses, plum, caramel, wood, and a little bourbon. The flavors are pretty much the same; it is on the sweet side with a lot of caramel and toffee-like notes. Some cherry mixes in here with a slightly tangy finish. The bourbon, again, doesn’t go unnoticed but is mild, which was expected seeing how only 1/3 was aged in it. This is a decent all around barleywine with the mild bourbon and woody character adding another element. Seems a bit young and might be a little better with some additional time in the bottle.
crossovert (10316) - Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as tasty or intruiging as the other version. Caramel, woodiness, and slight, slight bourbon are in this one but it isn’t coherent.
Ughsmash (7466) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Poured clear medium garnet with a smoked beige head. The aroma picked up aged caramel, molasses, and vanilla, with tart bourbon and spicy rye cutting through.. lots of lovely barrel on the back of the nose. The flavor opened with tangy bourbon and oak, with warm, creamy vanilla and caramel following.. spicy rye and sweet bourbon enveloped the decadent middle.. long, memorable finish.. loved it! Syrupy and thick on the palate with low-ish carbonation.. coating.. this was some excellent stuff!
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle for 7.50 (I think). Pours a murky red/brown with a decent off-white head. Some decent initial lacing. Aroma was of mild, not over the top bourbon, oak and caramel maltiness. Nice. Taste of bourbon, vanilla, some dark fruit splashes, oak, caramel. Full-bodied with a creamy smooth finish. I dig it b/c the label says only 1/3 matured in bourbon barrels. This lends to a known but more subtle approach to barrel-aging. This actually is one of finest beers Terrapin has put out. Quite lovely.
thirdeye11 (5914) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle) clear ruby, ring of for tan bubbles. Nose of honey, cream, caramel, cinnamon. Taste of cinnamon, light amercan hops, great Linger. Rich finish.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured into glass. A good amount of bourbon/boozy flavor in this one. Perhaps even a little too much. Maybe a little more aging will do this beer some good.
kayres (685) - , Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark copper with a medium tan head. Boozy vanilla aroma. Sweet lemony English style barley wine on the front. Finish with a bit of hoppy rye
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smith4498 (3387) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours slightly hazy copper color with khaki head. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, oak and rye. Sweet caramel and rye flavors with some vanilla and oak and a hint of alcohol. Minimal bourbon flavor. Medium to full body with soft carbonation.
S_Side_Smitty (650) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy & dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is carob, molasses & malts. Taste is sweet carob (almost chocolate) and thick malts. It’s pretty straightforward and almost dessert-like with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Great barleywine!
GTAEgeek (1665) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from Exhibit A(le). Dark brown pour with a small, tan head. The aroma is molasses, oak, vanilla, rye bread, and hop spiciness. Very sweet and some savory spiciness. Heavy body, sticky, and syrupy. Overall, this is a very delicious, heavy, and surprisingly easy-drinking beer.