Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another winner from the Bruery. Aroma is oddly bitter with coffee, dirty grass, and malty chocolate. Pours muddy brown with ugly wisps of blonde. Taste is super sweet with cappuccino, brown sugar, oak, and white chocolate. Just tasty and sweeter as it finishes. The coffee is all there but it doesn’t feel dark or heavy. Nice.
Scopey (7221) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Night of Garbage, thanks to Kenny. It pours cloudy red-brown with a small yellow-white head. The nose is wood, coffee, toast, marmite, cocoa, chocolate powder, mustiness, earth and umami notes. The taste is bitter-sweet, wood, toffee, toast, coffee, roasty, some acidity, earth, toffee and dark chocolate bounty. Full body and fine, prickly carbonation. Not sure the coffee improves the beer really. Quite big and ballsy, but tasty enough.
Leighton (11674) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the Night of Garbage - thanks to Mr. Bruery, Kenneth. Pours clear amber-brown with a foamy beige head. Lots of coffee in the nose, some earth, cocoa. Medium to big sweet flavor, more coffee, some maple syrup, chocolate, honey, burnt toffee. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation and a creamy texture. Warming finish, quite sweet, some pancakes with maple syrup, milk chocolate, mild coffee, a bit of earthy bitterness. Very nice.
SpongeRuiner (773) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2013 Thanks Mike. An interesting aroma comes off this one. A lot of coffee and caramel. It had a big boozy factor with the 12.5% a slow sipper for sure.
tectactoe (2210) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Mike! Murky mahogany & dingy brown pour with a beige head that transforms to a thin ring in just moments. Aroma is mostly made of roasted, slightly astringent coffee beans, somewhat acrid in nature. Light oak & booze underneath, with even lighter notes of caramel & buttery toffee. But the cold diner-esque coffee vibe is the dominant aroma. Taste is the same way, overrun by coffee, lightly sweet & backed with a bit of caramel & toffee that peaks through from the base barleywine. I get some notes of anise, cocoa, & oak occasionally, but again, it seems the coffee addition has obliterated the base beer. Lightly astringent & sharp in the finish. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t my jam, either. Expected greatness, turns out it was merely decent.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy, muddy brown with a khaki head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla, toffee, coconut. Taste is sweet. Vanilla and marshmallow notes really come through now. Full bodied and sticky. Good.
alexsdad06 (5831) - Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared by brew3crew. Pours a dark cola brown color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma and flavor have big coffee notes, bourbon, vanilla, roast, some booze, smooth mouth feel, wood, a mild dark fruit character, alcohol is warming. How will this age?
b3shine (5746) - Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle to taster (shared by brew3crew). Looks good for the style; a dark amberish brown with light beige head and lively carbonation. Smells solid; BIG coffee with notes of malt and a bit of tartness. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Enjoyable.
HonusWagner (1534) - Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was impressed by this. It really needs time to open up but the coffee in the nose works really well and it’s not as sweet or thick and fatty as I expect from a Bruery Barley Wine. Good stuff.
DrSilverworm (6819) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle, thanks to FlandersNed! Shared with local ratebeerians. 2013 bottle. Half hazy brown / red color. Thin off-white grayish head. Spread and dots of lace. Amazing huge coffee roast, fresh ground nose. Very nice vanilla. Aromas work awesomely with each other. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Moderate bitter taste, minimal sweet, nice dryness. Awesome coffee barley wine. Delicious vanilla and coffee aroma, and a nice big bitterness, nearly no sweetness. Awesome stuff. So good.