budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden pour with a bit of funk coming off the nose. Old ale with a slightly sour element works out pretty well but I wouldn’t get it again.
stevoj (2637) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I don’t remember much about this one, but I do remember I liked it and it was good. Brown and nutty, silky body.
fluffy (1892) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
sampled at bottle share. very rarely to barleywines impress me, but this one was spot on amazing.
thirdeye11 (5711) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) cloudy deep and rich brown with offwhite edge bubbles. Nose of rum raisin, bourbon, funk like a saison, cream. Taste of rum raisin, toasty sugar, bourbon, rich and decadent. Slightly funky too.
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer Bloggers Conference - San Diego - Big Strong beer. Lots of huge malt characters with added oak and good hops. One big beer.
Iphonephan (3985) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 75 cl bottle shared at the Beer Heads bottle share in Falls Church. Pours a hazy dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of carfamel and butterscotch. Flavors of apricot, fig, oak and vanilla. Smooth, somewhat sweet finish.
slowrunner77 (6545) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a WHOLE lot different than the base, bcause the barrel still is the preveailing component. Maybe a little smaller with a quick earthy shot and touch of tart, but you really gotta work for it. Worthy addition
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with the Epic. Aroma of toffee, chocolate, caramel, and oak. Pours sticky hazy brown with light white lacing. Taste is Werthers original caramel, heath bar toffee, and condensed bourbon (as if there was such a thing). This was one giant candy bar and I loved it.
cernjoh (149) - Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle obtained at the Bruery. Aroma is of dark fruits, brown sugar, and booze. Appearance is a dark cloudy amber brown with a one finger light tan head. Taste is of prunes and molasses with a slight bitterness. Palate is very good with a pleasant amount of carbonation. Overall an excellent English Barleywine. Cheers.
ineedbeer (1005) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle.
Aroma is very rich with lots of caramel, toffee and burnt sugar. Light chocolate and roast notes. Medium light raisin, fig and prune notes. Light alcohol spice. Medium light oak notes as it warms.
Pours a murky, muddy brown with a medium small, somewhat thin, tan head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers a bit.
Flavor is similar to the aroma but with a bit more fruit notes. Moderately strong caramel, toffee, burnt sugar and treacle. Medium light toasted bread notes with light chocolate and faint roast notes. Medium fruit notes of raisin, cherry, berry, plum and fig. Medium bitterness with moderate alcohol spice. Medium to medium light oak notes.
Mouthfeel is medium full to full bodied with medium low carbonation. Low, but present astringency with moderate alcohol warmth.
Overall, a pretty enjoyable beer with a lot of malt sugar complexity. Nice, balanced fruit notes with a decent amount of oak. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, but also fairly strong.