mpersinger (361) - , California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2009 reserve on cask in brandy sifter at pub: sparkling clarity in ruddy brown pour, mild carbonation. Brassy caramel malt and fusel alcohol aroma. Floury nose with complex caramel malt flavors blunted by harsh alcohol in a too-thin medium body, some oily hold on rim but not ’legs’.
Arthaey (17) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Little bit more bitter than I like in barleywines, but still solid overall.
944play (398) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 24, 2016
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2014 on cask. Garnet with fine low off-white head. Stupendous peach, dried apple, gummy bear, and cigar box nose. Intense fig and fruitcake flavor goodness is tailed by gentler pine and ginger notes. Finish is of a drawn out cola experience, with the low carbonation deceptively prominent. What a gem.
BeerFunGuy (875) - California, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A mildly fruity aroma of dates. It has a brown color with gold notes. A relatively mild flavors slightly fruity.
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baraciisch (2823) - California, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown in color... Aroma of tropical fruits, flavor is caramel, tropical fruits, booze on finish... Really smooth
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brokensail (15754) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Third St Aleworks. This is the 2009 Version. Not sure why this needed to be aged 4 years, but okay. Sort of rust, copper colored pour with a small off-white head. Aroma is intensely sweet. Oxidized sherry notes, port, and chocolate. Tons of sugar, caramel, and dates. A bit of booze as well. Flavor is really, really sweet. Lots of sugar and caramel. Dates, slight sherry, some vinous fruits, and maybe a touch of chocolate. Not terrible, just not great either.
Gription79 (2803) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on draft at the brewery. Big fruity alcohol aroma, malty, warming, caramel, very nice.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Garnet red with a creamy tan head. Cereal grain toffee vanilla and wood aroma and taste with a caramel finish.
Earlier Rating: 8/2/2007 Total Score: 3.7
Brown copper with creamy off-white head. Caramel, toffee, and alcohol aroma. Thick sticky palate. Sweet brown sugar, molasses, and caramel taste.
yespr (40140) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at Toronado, Barley Wine Fest 2010. Pours murky brown with a small tan head. Aroma is yeasty and caramelish. Light fruity. Sweet and dense caramelish with a light hops fruity note. Bitter, caramelish and dry finish.
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2007 Thick and rich in appearance, texture, and flavour. It has a deep, slightly reddish brown colour and it is somewhat cloudy, giving it a different and memorable appearance if not exactly ideal. it has a nicely laced, long lasting, frothy head that is indicative of the thick & frothy, but not fizzy, texture. The flavour has a definite sweetness to it, but this wonderfully offsets the strong, rich, full bodied flavours and the hoppy bitterness. Heavy duty, but also very drinkable and memorable.