Xenon (71) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark like rosewood. Feels like syrup in the mouth. What a great malt character this one has. Not very hoppy compared to some of the other barleywines I’ve had that go that route. Caramel, licorice, and molasses on the nose. Sweet caramel maltiness from the very beginning. The abv on this beer is not hidden, but isn’t completely in your face. The hops that are present lend a very minor bitterness and a VERY small amount of dank taste, but I suspect the rest of the moldiness (in a good way) comes from the other parts.
tastybeer (1607) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, dated 1/13. Pour is dark amber, big off-white head, little retention/some lace. Aroma of toffee, brown sugar, prune, raisins, grape drank. Taste is sweet but not cloying, toffee, caramel, prune, more grape drank. Palate is soft, slick, sweet finish.
DocJitsu (721) - Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber-red color with a two-finger, long retaining, tan head. Competing sweetness and tartness on the nose. Caramel aromas. A somewhat oily mouthfeel, with mild carbonation and slight astringency at the finish. A little palate confusing with the flavor. Definitely some thick sweetness, but there’s an overarching tartness that doesn’t quite blend for balance. There’s some alcohol bitterness at the finish that further complicates the profile. Definitely dominated by caramel with some ripe apple.
writerljberg (487) - Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle purchased online awhile ago. Batch 9970.
A: Dark mahogany with a creme colored head. Nice lacing.
N: Huge toffee and caramel in the nose. Bread and salted caramel. Oxidation.
T: Huge bitterness with only a touch of malt. Some of the oxidation shows through. Astringent.
M: Medium body. Sticky.
O: Bleh. This is harsh and not wonderful. Too much bitterness, not enough balance.
unclemike (2180) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a slightly cloudy deep amber/brown body topped by a thin off white head with a good amount of lacing. Slightly sweet malty aroma with good fruity hop notes and a touch of caramel. Slightly sweet caramel malt flavor to start, turning piney from hops with a touch of alcohol. The finish is slightly sweet yet bitter and hoppy. Full bodied and smooth yet slightly tingly and warming
kwd1996 (23) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent barley wine style ale. Malty, sweet, full-bodied and very flavorful. Brownish-red in color. Great addition to the cellar.
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Third review: batch 9958 (25AUG10)
Pours a dr.pepper cola with a loose bubble sheet of light tan foam. Smells from afar of caramel, as I draw in: gobs of sugar, caramel, tea, turbinado, malt, a hint of nougat. Taste is sweet with alcohol, caramel, bits of almond rocha, metal, still sharp alcohol here. Medium on thick body for the style with moderated assertive carb and a semi dry finish. This is a decent beer. If I lived in the distro, I’d throw a few in the cellar annually. So far, I’ve only had ’em back two years, I think I will hold my last bottle for the five year mark and see where that lands me.
Review 1: Batch 9958: 08/25/10
Review 2: Followed by Batch 8943: 1/28/09 - reviewed 03MAR11 4/4.5/4.5/4/4.5-4.43
A: Ale pours a nice cherry orange amber. No head formation. Thin sheet of fine bubbles that sticks around. Spotty laces.
A2: Again pours cherry ale. This time forms a single finger, creamy tan head with just a few moments of retention. This dissolves to leave a solid sheet of the same. Initially, full drapes for laces, when stirred, lacing disappears for good.
S: Caramel, toffee, burnt sugar. Great malt body in the nose. Hints of oaky drieness, somewhat woody. Alcohol boozy, but very well enveloped. Not much hops here. Hints of vanilla on the back.
S2: Two years into maturation, this beer develops even more caramel, toffee tones. Beautifully matured malts, burnt sugar, brown sugar and now: hints of molasses.
T: Lovely caramel malt. Alcohol still a little hot at this age (six months). Very drinkable. Sweet, but has nice earthly hop addition and mellow mallow tones. Good.
T2: Uh oh, this is sooo good! Man, the toffee turns to salted caramel. Man, so good. Still backing of bitter hops. Alcohol a little more evident in this one, but sweet and good.
M: Smooth, low carb, medium-heavy body. Silk screen in the mouth, leaves the mouth slick. Nice.
M2: Continues to be smooth, a little more carbonation. Leaves the mouth more or less dry at this point.
D: I would drink this on a very regular basis if it was available in the area. So nice.
D2: This has convinced me that I need to come up with a good vertical of this beer. I am stoked because this beer is relatively inexpensive and easily available.
Serving type: bottle
sfontain (770) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, Bridge Street Kroger in Dublin, $15.99/6. Pours a darker brown, with creamy one-finger white head that dissipates into nothing; medium lacing. Aroma is indescribably just "old"--like an old wooden library full of dusty leather-bound books; dirt, tobacco, malt, some dark vinous fruit (maybe raisin). Flavor is similarly "old"; tobacco, dark malt, some bitterness in the finish offsets the sweet dark malt. Palate is fantastic; dark and full bodied, oily, yet not overly sticky. Not particularly sweet as barley wines go, which is fine. The other 5 bottles are already on the shelf and I may pick up another sixer for a longer-term aging venture. Very nice.
ReverendMoon (128) - Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dried fruits on the nose. Tastes like a caramel covered amaretto cherry. With alcohol for bite. I like the color, a dark cloudy, musty mahogany type with dark pale brown notes. Good taste, not stellar but good.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Beergeek23322 (2024) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
6/13/2010. From bottle. Amber color with a short white head. Aromas of dried fruit, malt and caramel. Sweet caramel flavors that shows the alcohol on the finish. Pretty good.