Ferris (10771) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - Caramel and vinous notes, sweet cherry and a bit of booze. Coudyish copper with a beige head. Lots of plum, almost sour caramel, slight sweetness and heat.
jackl (6737) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle on RBWG bus. Gold with a small head. Nose of Apple concntrate. Some what earthy lead and compost. Similar flavor. Tangy autumn fruits. Some lemon. Sweet caramel. Somewhat hot on the finish. Ok.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2015
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12oz bottle, tasted on RBWG bus. Up front, quite oxidized. Almost nothing but oxidization. Hazy amber orange color. Thin off-white head. A couple loose dots and bits of lace. Very astringent bitter taste, light to moderate sweet, dry finish. Bigger body. Soft, lighter carbonation. Not a pleasant experience. Don’t try to age this barleywine.
BrettTaylor (727) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from bottle into snifter. Pours a rich reddish copper with a slightly orange-tinted head. Head falls some, but stays pretty resilient and leaves a ton of lacing. Aroma - full of caramel and malt notes, dried fruit underneath. Taste - surprising almost burnt taste at the start, then continues into a more traditional tasting barley wine. Burnt flavor fades pretty quickly, but is a bit of a surprise with every sip.
Underdogs88 (315) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Piney hop aroma with a high amount of fruity esters and toffee malt aroma. Appearance is a clear amber with an off white head with good retention. Flavor is malty sweet with notes of toffee, biscuit and notes of roast. Fruity esters are high. Hop flavor is resiny. Mouthfeel is medium high with medium carbonation. Overall, it's a good american barleywine. Could use a little more malt complexity and body though.
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ben4321 (5400) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from jcos, 11/16/14
Aroma: The nose is strongly malty/bready, some fruity notes, a little booze, and some caramel
Appearance: A clear orange-amber colored beer with a small off-white head and light lace
Flavor: The flavor profile is lightly sweet, heavy malty, booze, and a good bit of bitterness as well
Palate: Fairly full bodied, with a light stickiness, a bit of heat, a smooth feel, and a fairly dry finish
This is a fairly impressive example of the style. The booze is definitely present, but it doesn’t overpower the rest of what is going on here. Based purely off its strength, this probably wouldn’t be an everyday beer for me, but it is certainly an enjoyable one. Thanks Kramer!
Darkmagus82 (2197) - - SEP 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Treansfer from BA review on 7-11-13-
Served on tap in a snifter
Appearance – Served a deep copper color with a one finger cream colored head. The head has a good level of retension slowly fading over time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of sweeter aromas. The main is that of a caramel and butterscotch nature, but it also has lots of fruity aromas of cherry and raisin. Along with these smells is a moderately strong boozy smell of rum and a bit of a herbal hop aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready and moderately sweet flavor of caramel and darker fruits upfront. A bit of booziness is present from the start with it growing stronger and more rum like in flavor as the flavor advances. Some wood and herbal flavors begin developing more toward the middle to the taste, with them remaining rather light to the end. Some roasted flavors come to the tongue more at the end and when combined with the herbal and a bitter citrus, one is left with a hot bitter-sweet boozy flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather low. Both are appropriate for creating a more chewy and thick beer which in concert with its strength and boozy nature make for a slow sipper.
Overall – Not too bad, but a little messy at the end of the taste as the bitter and sweet sorta collide with the booziness leaving a slightly off flavor in the mouth. Not one I would necessarily frequent.
SrSilliGose (3327) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottle from the roter. sticky sweet. sweet carmelized brown sugar. tree sap. sweet caramel. bit of sweet cough medicine. dryer than expected, with some warming, though somewhat harsh, booze. too much of a cough syrup presence. not particularly drinkable.
jcnielsen (2983) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark copper color with white head. Plum, butterscotch, malty aromas. Syrupy, malty, light cherry, fruity flavors.
obguthr (5311) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cashew and walnut nose, fairly rich, all within a caramel base, some lacing. Clear dark copper, thick yellow head. Overripe orange, oak, cashews, lemon zest. Complexities really come to life upon warming. Medium body, quite hot. Enjoyable, but I’m not sure I like the hop choice in this milieu.