radio_nowhere (745) - Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into snifter glass. Rusty-amber color with tan head. Aroma of heavy malt sweetness, caramel, dried fruitiness (plums, raisins) and brown sugar. Taste is pretty heavy on the caramel/dried fruits adding notes of chocolate, fresh fruit (cherries, figs), grainy, alcohol with minimal earthy hop bitterness. Heavy body, low carbonation, sweet, rich, syrupy with slightly sweet roasty finish. Pretty solid barleywine, not remarkable but solid.
beerme31 (477) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty aroma of fruit, licorice, spice. Hazy caramel color. Medium sweet taste. Medium-heavy body, thin texture, sour finish. Not a huge fan of this style but this one was pretty good.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brewvival 2011, on tap. Clear dark amberbody small tan head
Sweet malt fruit caramel and grain aroma
Sweet malt carmel light roast and fruit flavor
Med full bold mod carb
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
DR doesnít exactly excite me, and this beer was on par with that .. . Pours a shimmered tan ruby .. Mild foam .. . Burnt sugar, plum skin, and halle berry . .. Thin and something i wouldnít ever want again .. . . Ever seen a baby pigeon? iím sure you havenít..
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy chestnut color. The off-white shaded head is quite small - not even a finger high - and doesnít even retain itself well. It leaves a bit more lacing than I expected, though.
S: There seem to be a goodly amount of toasted malt notes, giving it a lush breadyness to it. Plenty of dark fruits lurk behind the malty goodness, and even a wisp of dark chocolate comes through occasionally. There are some tart and boozy touches. Some nice subtleties here - it isnít just malts and a bit of fruit.
T: It starts with plenty of toasted malts. Dark fruit flavors enter the picture after the midtaste, with some alcohol appearing on the finish. Touches of leather, chocolate, and cherries also come through. The boozy nature isnít just generic fusel nastiness, but itís also well nuanced, well integrated, mellow, fruity, and a bit tart - just like it should be in a barleywine. Complexity isnít forceful, rather itís subtle and challenging yet rewarding all at the same time.
M: The body is full, but perhaps not quite as creamy as Iíd enjoy. Itís quite well attenuated, giving it low finishing sweetness (for the style), but a noticeable booze presence and a tart bite. An 11% barleywine devoid of a significant hop presence shouldnít be this drinkable. And yet this is.
O: Where did this come from? All I know about Duck-Rabbit is that they only brew dark beers - and that they struggle with infection problems. This, thankfully, isnít infected, just damn tasty. One of the better non-barreled barleywines Iíve had in a while.
kidobutai (293) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious, great lacing, light brown with a touch of cloudiness, at first taste I thought it was a cream ale. Warm caramel flavor with fruit and chocolate. The creaminess stays with you for awhile.
NeoHippie2 (909) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from tmongoose, many thanks sir! Dark amber/copper pour with an off-white head. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, and dried fruit. Taste is sweet malt upfront with some plum and dried apricot notes coming through in the finish. Slight warming from the abv in the finish but not overpowering. Very well balanced.
tgncc (2742) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Via trade with Busick. The aroma is a bit odd. Aromas of cooked vegetables, caramel, fruit, somewhat oxidized. The appearance is deep red/brown, translucent, off-white head. The flavor is cooked vegetables, fruity, caramel, bread, oxidized. The finish is light pine hops, lingering sweetness. Medium to medium/thick in body. Nice, but the oxidation and the cooked vegetable thing is a tad off-putting. Otherwise a solid barley wine.
Embrouille (2819) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 355ml. Slightly yellowish head. Boozy, sticky with a moderate bitterness. Raisin and caramel throughout. Definitely not a show-stopper barley wine.
maekchu (1943) - Hirakata, JAPAN - AUG 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Caramel and raisin nose. Smells just a bit oxidized. Deep orange/ brown color. Overly sweet from beginning to end. Sort of balances in the finish. Medium body. A real caramel bomb. Not too bad. But it does get a bit cloying after several sips. Too bad, too, considering how good many of theri other brews are.