after4ever (7580) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330. Pours a clear dark brown with rubied edges. Loose creamy tan suds up top. They donít really stick around all that long. Big toffee and caramel nose--we love to talk about how lots of beers smell and taste like toffee and caramel, but nobody really corners the market on those essences the way the big UK barleywines ride íem out at the front of the herd. Creamy, sticky medium body. Surprised itís not much bigger and thicker, given the stickiness and the abv. Oh, wait. Itís british. Never mind. Toffee, plums, caramel, butterscotch, dates, figs, the whole megilla: christmas morning, fire in the fireplace, stocking full of fruitcake, nobody can understand why youíre drunk already. Thatís what this tastes like. Hides the booze reasonably well--oh, yeah. Youíre also one of the people who canít understand why youíre so drunk already. Tasty stuff, worth repeats. Not sure if itís worth stacking up a case for aging, though thatís clearly the suggestion.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a deep, mahogany brown body with a medium sized, khaki head. Huge aromas of brown sugar and dates. Cereal, toffee, alcohol, caramelization, vanilla. Very deep. Flavors of brown sugar, caramelization, prunes, dates, dark fruits. Brandy. Good. Could probably use 2 years of age to its benefit. Medium to lively bubbles. A bit of booze and esters. Nicely balanced for a young strong ale. Tasty.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from whole foods novato. pour s avery deep hahogony with a decent sized khaki head, nice retention. decent old ale-ish flavor, a lil crisp. this might be really damn great in 5 years or so, we will see.
marcus (9138) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from City Beer. Pours reddish brown with a sweet fruity aroma and a modest tan head. There is a sweet smoked malt flavor with a thick molasses finish.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz. bottle, fresh. Pours clear, showing a deep, purplish-garnet colored body with a relatively small, smooth head of khaki foam. The froth settles to a thin film with a pronounced, lasting ring, each tilt of the glass leaving behind a dense wash. A few rounded, horizontal flares of lacing manage to stay behind. The nose is certainly on the sweet side for a barleywine, based in toasted marshmallow most prominently, with notes of singed maple sugar, dates, and pecans trailing in varying prominence. There might be a bit of toffee in there but not much. Hops are primarily floral, with just a dash of citrus. Flavors are a little more balanced, as the toastiness of the sugars lends a bit of edge to the sweeter notes of candied pecans and maple glazed dates. The marshmallow drops off a bit, continuing the balancing theme, though it still largely remains a sweet barleywine overall. Lightly zesty floral bitterness is all that backs up the toast in keeping the malts at bay, but it does a fairly decent job. The palate falls somewhere between medium and full bodied, laden with sugars, yet somehow at least manageably dry. Carbonation is moderate throughout. Good brew on the whole, though this sweeter style doesnít really tickle my funny bone.
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is very rich and sweet with toasted caramel malt, toffee, dark fruit, and alcohol. The appearance is deep amber with a small head. The taste is somewhat like the aroma but is very bitter. The palate is smooth and thick. Overall I am not entirely impressed maybe it needs 10 more years. However, this is still a good beer.
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a deep mahogany color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, some earthiness, and some woodiness. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, lighter earthiness, chocolate, and some roast. Smooth and easy drinking for 10%.
bhensonb (14091) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours darkly ruddy with a foamy beige/tan head. Aroma is darkly fruity and slightly malty. Med body. Flavor is maple?, roasted malt, and hints of dark fruits. Treacle. Brown sugar. Sea weed? Wood. For something that starts simple it gets fairly complex. And the heat isnít even there. An ale that just stands alone. I doubt thereís anything similar.
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/11/11. 11.2oz bottle. Suprisingly clear deep red pour with a small tan head that fades fast. Big dark fruit aroma mixed with sweet malts and a dash of roasted malts. Sweet fruity flavor up front that fades to a surprising amount of roast, char, and almost smoke. Pretty nice!
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Expensive 11.2oz bottle pours garnet Ė amber with thin tan head. The aroma has an even mix of spices, toffee, black strap molasses, prunes, cherries, figs and sweet molasses. This smells like this beer has great potential with some age and also smells great right now. The taste is very good right now and makes me wish this was cheaper so I can buy more. I get prunes, sweet dates and then boysenberry mixing with molasses. It picks up spiciness midway and ends with sweet prunes, a touch of caramel candy and slick sweet molasses all in the forefront. This is easy drinkiní stuff for a beer that is meant to be aged. Yum!