tectactoe (2721) - Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Kevin! Solid copper body, not much head forms at all, only a timid, beige film that stretches across the top, outlined by a thin collar. Aroma has some light fig & prune notes with a heavier underbody of caramel sweetness. Light oxidation notes, wet cardboard, hints of pear, & some grassy herbage in the finish. Taste is quite sweet & malty, hitting with caramel & toffee up front, followed by soft apple skins, figs, & faint anise. Again, it takes like some oxidation has taken place, despite the relatively young age of the bottle. Relatively sticky but not necessarily thick. It isnít bad, but itís not very exciting, & I could do without the oxidation as itís a little distracting. As Kevin put it, it smells "old".
blutt59 (6067) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, orange marmalade color,with some soapy foam, nice piney nose, flavor of pine cones and some good metallic hops, clean hoppy finish
Pailhead (5274) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, cinnamon, and some herbal hoppy notes. It pours a mostly transparent orangish-red with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with moderate caramel, toffee, and a touch of fruit. The finish has some aged citrus hops, light oxidation, and some faint herbal notes. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, I know this is relatively fresh, but it tastes like itís been aged.
Shot (197) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle. Pours a cloudy golden red with a thin but creamy head. Aromas are delicious caramel malt and citrus hops. Flavors are caramel malt, butterscotch, dried apricot, and biscuit. Big, boozy finish with floral hop bite. Creamy, chewy mouthfeel. This is a massive, huge, bold barley wine. Lovely. This one is a keeper.
bth122 (1313) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a copper color with hearty size head. Aroma of floral hops, caramel, toffee biscuit, brown sugar malt. Good hop/ malt balance. Smooth. Medium to heavy body. Nice texture. Some warming alcohol. Still, itís a pretty big malt bomb, but has good background hops. Well done.
MrBunn (2523) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. This beer is a kind of orangish amber with a small head and chewy and sugary aromas. Flavor has a punch of bitterness to it, lots of light brown sugar sweetness, a little but bit of boozy warmth and a slightly watery mouthfeel. Itís good but kind of directionless. Just a sweet and bitter booze bomb. But I like it.
queenholly (3066) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clack bread/barley malt, dark fruit, and boozy aroma. Clear amber, minimal head. Black bready barley malt, toast, herbal hops flavor. Alcohol well hidden. Medium body, soft/flat carbonation.
shrubber85 (8235) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Prune, candy sugar malt, and alcohol aroma. Amber with minimal head. Sweet caramel/raisin malt, mildly bitter herb, and alcohol flavor. Tasty.
boxofrane (2294) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at craft ale house. Pours clear amber with a small white head. The aroma has thick caramel, some vanilla, light hops. The taste has a big hoppiness and a nice caramel balance.. Plenty of bitterness. A delicious beer.
superspak (3003) - Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, summer 2013 bottling. Pours very hazy reddish orange color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of raisin, orange zest, orange rind, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, grapefruit, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, pine, biscuit, and toasted/floral earthiness. Moderate amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, citrus zest, citrus rind, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, and moderate pine on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a great malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barleywine style! All around great balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.