jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Aroma was bit earthy yeasty notes with some stinky definitely ringwood character. poured dark amber with a small head. retention dissipated quickly. Flavor was malty with at least for me the yeast character blasting all other flavors out of existence. that yeast character being funk (but not in a good Belgian way). full bodied with lower than normal carbonation. Overall a big beer, brewed with ringwood leaving all of its flavors that I don’t particularly care for and make it hard for me to taste anything else.
jtclockwork (9621) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. No label taken. Pours orange. Nose/taste of candy fruit, sticky orange peel, hoppy citrus and caramel. Medium body.
drowland (6488) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2/19/15. 12oz bottle during RBWG 2015. I was surprised I hadn’t had this already. Deep amber brown pour with a small tan head, mild lacing. Sour cherry aroma, vinous, some dark fruits and brown sugar, grainy, husky. Sweet flavor, vinous, sour cherry, burnt toffee, dark fruits. Not the greatest.
aumentm (183) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
A true barleywine. Good aroma and smooth taste with a fresh mix. This is a sweet beer.
Ferris (6224) - 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 (5199) - Charlottesville, Virginia, 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 (7653) - 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 (588) - 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 (204) - 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 (4322) - 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 (1896) - - 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.