skortila (4914) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. As Red Zone Enigma. The aroma has caramel, raisin malts with some citrus. Clear, (as it seems, it was dark) red-brown coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste sweetish with some lingering hop bitterness, it has caramel, raisin, bubblegum. Nice.
Pdubyah (553) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
OMG WTF and some of that other stuff, This is all up-front and in your face with nothing to carry. I’m really really miffed because I wanted this to be rich, sweet, layered, and with depth, I got ra-ra-ra bosh and nothing to back it up. I might have got the wrong end of the stick with this but I didn’t like it when it came to taste and enjoyment, but it looked and smelt pretty, somewhat like a baby or a grandma until it moves or talks
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 vintage: this is an exquisite example of this style. I loved the pinguid mouthfeel and the lovely rolling malt flavours: toffee, caramel etc. The ETOH is well balanced and it is just a joy to drink. Not sure if its as good as the Tribute, but it is certainly close!
sunevdj (3548) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Te Anau. Pours a clear dark brown with a diminishing beige head. Sweet with a little bitterness. Aromas of caramel and dried dates. HInts of milk chocolate. Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Long, sweet and quite bitter finish.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - NOV 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red Zone version with the IPA label. Cheers to Tim for this. This was solid, but had a tanginess too it, especially on the back end that took away from the overall experience. Full bodied, toffee and bread very prominent with the odd tangy/british hop bitterness in the finish.
Capa (2425) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks, TimE. Caramel malts, milk chocolate, toffee, light toasted malt, and some deep fruits. Thick and chewy. Very solid barley wine. More please. (2008 drank Jan 2010)
TimE (4346) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy med brown color, big caramel, maraschino cherries, milk chocolate, brandy, the nose is amazing. Ginger, cranberries, milk chocolate, toffee, cherries, brandy, oranges and wood. Great depth, but not enough body. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden. Lingering milk chocolate, ginger and cherry finish.
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the brewpub after finishing a tasting rack. Pours a deep red copper color with virtually no head whatsoever. Aroma of sweet malt, cherries, vanilla, alcohol, and sugar. Flavor is a nice balance of dark fruits like plum and cherry, sweet malt, vanilla, and alcohol. Starts sweet and finishes more bitter. Very smooth. Nice barleywine- I hope more people get to try this and rate it because it’s certainly underrated at this point.
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Nate2g!
Poured amber/copper with near non-existent head. Nose is bang on! Big caramel/toffee malt notes with support from raisin esters & nice earthy hop notes. Palate is dominated by sweetish malt early, with esters 7 abv coming into play on the finish. Hop bitterness is perhaps a bit lacking given the promise from the nose, regardless a great beer & i’m very keen to try more from this brewery after hearing many good things!
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very hazy dark amber with orange highlights. Rapidly receding creamsicle head. Aroma is very oaky, with lots of wood and vanilla, also some cherry fruit. Flavours are dominated by the oakiness, with lots of bourbon and sherry booziness, vanilla, butterscotch, dates, and cherries. Finish is mildly bitter and very warm, mouthfeel is silky and heavy. A rich sweet treat with low-key hop character, but excellent balance and nice flavours.