nimbleprop (5485) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle pours a hazy brown with some spitty white head. Nose of caramel, brown sugar, orange, booze. Sweet flavor, oranges, malty, caramel, a little pine sol. Full, sticky finish.
TheBeerGod (5466) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - 2011 Barley Ryne. Copper pour with a short, bubbly tan head. Aroma is strong oak notes, soft vanilla, dark fruit, dark bread, caramel, and hints of brown sugar. Taste is big oak, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit notes, dark bread, toasted malt, soft booze, light toasted coconut and toffee notes. Body is medium-full and the carbonation is light leading to a pleasant slickness and mild alcoholic warmth. Ends with more caramel, toffee notes, dark bread, dark fruit notes, oak, vanilla, and brown sugar notes. Damn tasty!
radagast83 (5380) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of noodleuser. Thanks! Poured a red-amber color, caramel, notes of sweet malts. Alcohol totally hidden. Wow.
Strykzone (5350) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at esbls. Mid brown and hazy. No head. A big fruity malt aroma is aggressive. A really thin feel. An odd flavor. Dark complex fruit with bourbon. Big malts. I’m not a fan.
thebeertourist (5046) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Erzbierschof, Wintherthur. Pours reddish brown with no head. Delicious sour fruit aroma with hints of marcipane. Some yoghurt. Really great.
thedm (5028) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This draft brew from a beer bar poured a medium sized head of foamy tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a no visible carbonation slightly hazy dark ruby red brown colored body and an excellent lacing. The mild aroma was malty. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of Irish red malt and hops. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brick Store Pub. Nose has a good dose of bourbon with some sweet malts in the background. Flavor has a bit of dark fruit and caramel alongside bourbon and a touch of vanilla. Quite smooth. Very nice.
mar (4997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with a cream head. Sherry, caramel, rye, alcohol and sticky. Chewy malts, rye, sweet, dried fruits, and light alcohol.
jgb9348 (4986) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled this Horizontally with the BFM Version of this beer
Crystal clear (no muddiness like BFM) ruby tinted brown coloured body with a strong rust and copper glow and a very thin tan head - showing more carbonation than the flat BFM. Aroma of totally different notes than BFM - cigars, scotch, whiskey, oak, vanilla pods, tobacco and a lot of earth really come out here - THIS is a barley wine. Medium to Full-bodied; Deep, strong alcohol flavour at first with a pungent earthy, tobacco and spicey malt flavour showing a great platform for pit fruits, peat and a little chocolate flavour. Aftertaste shows a great complexity with the typical barley wine flavours - oak, vanilla, scotch, pit fruits, earth and peat all come out here and play around the palate nicely. Overall, a much more representative barley wine compared to BFM - but a totally different flavour profile. Great to sample, especially horizontally, but these are totally different beers, and this one is a barley wine, if that’s what you want and/or expected! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Arrowine in Arlington, Virginia on 24-November-2012 for US$8.99 sampled at home in Washington on 22-June-2013.
2011 Bottle//Purchased November 2012//Sampled June 2013
drfabulous (4540) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2011 bottle from Brusin Ales. Murky brown pour. Some caramel and fruit. But unfortunately, this bottle has note aged well in a short time for such high ABV. Wet cardboard throughout. Otherwise, it could be a nice barleywine.