gripweed57 (771) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Packaged on 08/07/13. Paid $3.25.
Cloudy brown color with lots of floating stuff inside. Small beige head disappeared quickly. Rich dark toffee malt aroma with notes of stewed plums. Bittersweet treacle-like roasted malt flavor has an intense bitter hop backdrop. Lot’s of bold flavors here, including dried figs, burnt raisins, bourbon and resiny hops. Alcohol presence is well hidden. This is a wonderful barley wine that should only improve with age.
alliance100 (811) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle - 2013 vintage Pours a deep brownish/amber . Sweet dark fruit aromas . Fig , raisin faint cherry and licorice . Very smooth .
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andrewje41 (667) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour. Thanks Frankie. Dark brown pour with a sweet, boozy aroma. This beer doesn’t taste nearly as strong as it smells or looks. Very smooth. Amazing roasted flavor. Has the aged beer feel, without the boozy side. Awesome beer.
youdictategood (256) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Single bottle from August 2013. Very sweet and malty aroma - figs, gapes, caramel. Pours a dark mahogany with a small tan head. Very sweet at first, then a big hit of brandy-style alcohol and a slightly hoppy finish. Slick mouthfeel. Would be interested in seeing the difference after another year or so of cellaring.
ajnepple (2553) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottled 2 years ago, purchased at John’s Grocery ($3.49) and poured into a snifter at home. Dark brown appearance with a small, light brown head, minimal lacing. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, dark malts, earthy hops, vanilla, fruity esters, toffee and light alcohol. Similar flavor, rich, complex, bittersweet, lingering finish. Full body, creamy and smooth, nice texture. One of the best barley wines I have ever had.
AndyW68 (1156) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Brown with ruby tones and a tan head. Aroma of roast malt and caramel. Flavor follws nose but ends with an astringent bite. Great beer.
BrewHaMeister (178) - - MAR 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours a hazy ruby brown with an tan head. Aromas of raisin, fig, malt, and caramel. Flavors of caramel and booze with a slight bitterness.
Mrnoluv (178) - long beach, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet smell, has a dirty pond water look, light head. I’m not a huge barley wine fan, but this is a good one.
kid_piwo (14) - - MAR 22, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 vintage opened today. Typical dark fruit nose with booze, good low carbonation mouthfeel. Aging provided nice mellow rounded edges. Sweet, touch of bitter, just a hint of alcohol.
rumproasts (3232) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. amber mahogany with minimal head. sweet malty base with dark fruit. complex flavor. well done.