Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Tired Hands last weekend. Nose is malty with a bit of sweetness and caramel. Mild chocolate. Coffee takes over the vanilla, but both are fairly well balanced together. It’s a bit of an odd choice for a barleywine, but I think it works. Flavor is nice and smooth. The base could use a bit more caramelization and complexity, but I like the additions. Medium body.
orangesol (688) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on-tap at the brewpub. Reviewed from notes.
A - Pours slightly hazy copper brown with a one finger tall white head leaving small trails of lace down part of the glass.
S - Smells of sweet caramel malt, fresh toffee, vanilla, and tons of fresh brewed coffee. The booze creeps in as it warms in the glass, becoming rather apparent toward the end of the glass.
T - Very similar to the nose in that the caramel, toffee, vanilla, try and offset the coffee. I am just not really sure this is a BW. I guess its close enough but it’s not what I would expect out of the style...
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet, smooth feel make it go down easy, whatever it is.
O - A pretty nice beer overall, just not sold on it being a BW. I like it but I wouldn’t get it again.
dpjuart (1049) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy Jon D. Pours hazy red, rimming white head. Coffee, caramel, cashew, peanuts, caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, raisin. Yummy, yummy.
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From growler, courtesy of Jon D. Smells of roasted barley and spent coffee grounds. Caramel and sweet with light alcohol and broth. Coppery brown with thin creamy lacing head. Medium-heavy body with high carbonation. Alcohol warming. Vanilla, coffee, toffee, and caramel. Sweet and thick with light alcoholic coffee. Big sweet after. Not cloying, but a little too sweet.
Naka (705) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Jon. Pours light brown. Aroma is sweet grainy coffee. Very sweet. Vanilla coffee. Sweet tea. Medium body. Finishes sweet.
jmm635 (855) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour with a creamy beige head. Aroma of caramel, coffee, vanilla bean, and molasses. could use more hops buy really drinkable.
TomDecapolis (4473) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep reddish amber with a large foamy off white head that left all kinds of sticky lacing. Aroma of vanilla, dark fruits, coffee, caramel, some spicy yeast character, alcohol is there but not dominant. Flavor of caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, coffee and some spicy/fruity notes form the yeast profile. This one makes me want to brew a belgian coffee barleywine!
tcane7 (1660) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft with Vin, James, Dallas, Chris and Allen after the bottle release. Pours a cloudy amber with light head. Sweet malt, vanilla, coffee. Not bitter or boozy. Super smooth for such a high ABV. Really well done.
Jesterdeal (1842) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of coffee, sour yeast (jolly pumpkinish), vanilla bean, and grape stem. Pours Bwine red/brown with a small head. taste is intensly sweet with vanilla bean forward and subdued coffee notes. It’s a little overly sweet.
jtclockwork (8240) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours light brown with off white head. Nose and taste caramel, dark fruit, sweet nuts and citrus peel. Medium body.
egajdzis (5305) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky reddish brown color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, cocoa, vanilla beans, coffee, roast, and some dark fruits. Taste of caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, cocoa, light roasted malts, and a bit of alcohol in the finish.