Shot (114) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Aromas are sweet malt and chocolate. Upfront flavor of dark chocolate, coffee, and dried fruit with bready notes. Finishes with chocolate, licorice, nutty notes, and a lingering hop bite. Very complex flavors. Creamy, but peppery mouthfeel. Big and boozy. This is a delicious beer. It would likely get even better if allowed to age.
kerenmk (2195) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at avrashiís. Thanks troubles. Murky dark brown with white wave. A little alcoholic, fruity and vinous aroma, sweet, vinous taste. Full-bodied, sweet finish.
bwa5879 (609) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really deep purple-y brown pour thatís a step away from black, no head to speak of, some white lacing. Fresh pungent but light aroma of brisk dark fruits, grain, balsamic and nuts. Carbonation is a bit low, slick mouthfeel and smokey almost warm finish. Robust complex flavor of dark fruit raisins, bourbon, woodsy smokey malts, pine, the graininess is certainly in the forefront. I feel like a fancy boy drinking this beer, probably would be better, richer, and smoother with some age.
RespertFTW (517) - Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Deep ruby with off white head. Nice full body smooth caramel/butterscotch taste. A hint if bitterness. Solid stuff.
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udfan07 (71) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Had it on tap. Looked like an amber in the glass and it smelled good. I didnít taste much flavor and the beer was very bitter to me. So bitter that I did not like it very much.
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle for 3 bucks. Pours a hazy dark brown with a slight amber hue to it and a light tan head. Aroma is caramel, dark fruit, a little biscuit and chocolate as well. Taste has some caramel, a little piney hops, a little sweet, bready, fruity as well. Body is average with a slick mouthfeel and a lasting sweetness. This is a pretty good barley wine.
ChrisSc (184) - Lille, FRANCE - JAN 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle into proper bells tulip. Minneapolis.
Appearance: Deep brown with rudy tint. Completely opaque. Small tan head.
Aroma: Earthy notes: Wood, Leather. Roasted malts, spices, warming alcohol.
Taste: Very rich. Dry sweetness upfront that transfers into a slightly bitter finishes. Mellows out in the end with a warming alcoholic finish.
Palate: Full body, smooth texture. Long finish.
Overall: A really nice barley wine. Rich and earthy, not overly sweet or fruity, which is refreshingly different. Strong roasted profile. A nice beer. will be interesting to try with some age on it.
scwoptoy (6) - - DEC 22, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh 2013 tap pour @Thirsty Monk in Asheville, NC. Cloying bitter. Aroma hints at barley wine nature, but body just isnít there yet. Will age and reassess.
M82 (268) - Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A one inch, mostly tight, somewhat creamy light khaki head momentarily floats on a clear mahogany body flashing ruby highlights, a few extended peninsulas of lace form
Sweet, yet lively aromas of caramel, dark cherries, and vinous tones, a soft piney citrusy hop character works itís way into the aromas with warmth, initially appearing on the creamy silky medium body, nutty biscuit and wood nuances are introduced along with chocolatey notes building into the finish and complimenting the lightly piney, citrus hop influence in the residual, light fruit cake, solid complexity with well restrained, nicely balanced components, mildly warming, pleasant
12oz bottle code 12260 PKGD 08/07/13 C at 55ļ into 16oz Spiegelau Soiree Brandy snifter
Beerathon (1103) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yep, I want to drink this beer on the regular. Not overly hoppy like I want my barely wines to be, but itís flavor is so deep and traditional that I love it nonetheless.