1FastSTi (3233) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours to a deep brown mahogany body with a tall cream tan head. The aroma is peaty leather and grain dust with some notes of tobacco and coriander. The flavor is heavy with the malt, tobacco, sweet caramelized sugars, molasses, and grain dust. Very earthy with subtle banana. The palate is medium bodied and leaves a long earthy character.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opened this bottle last night to celebrate Amyís birthday. Picked these up from West Lakeview, Caponeís, and Rickís. Iíll give them each an assist. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.
Pour yields a bronze brew with a bit of a garnet hue. Nice tan head sticks around for a bit and leaves a few legs on the side of the glass. The nose starts out with some dried plum and raisin plus a bit of molasses and brown-sugar sweetness. There is some sweet sherry there as well as it warms up. The flavor is mostly comprised of lingering dark fruits and cherry plus some sherry undertones along with a molasses-like sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation; there is no booze but the finish is a bit too bitter, almost tannic. Drinkability was pretty good. Not super impressed with this one right now (although I had high expectations). Weíll see what itís like in a few years.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-08-2011
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark for a barley wine, almost opaque mahogany, with faint copper tints around the edges. There is a decent head but itís not long for the world and recedes quickly to a thin cap.
Aroma is sweet with treacle, caramel, chocolate and tons of dark fruits with raisins and figs. There is also a huge molasses aroma with hints of bready malts.
Taste is also sweet thought there is more of a woody character up front. But after the wood comes the parade of sweet flavors. Iím getting some red apple skin, caramel and plums. The finish has a boozy heat but with plenty of molasses sweetness lingering on the palate.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied but feels really thick on the palate, heavy with sugary sweetness.
I really enjoyed this one as I like my barley wines sweet, and this is certainly sweet. Should age like a champ.
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2020 Barley Wine
Pours medium brown with a light head and oily appearance. Hazy and unfiltered. Aroma is malty and sweet with notes of apple juice. Not a huge aroma, but opened up nicely with warmth. Flavor is boozy and sweet with a nice nutty malt note and some mild hop bitterness at the finish. Will age a few bottles to see how this does.
502F (999) - Time Out, Washington DC, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark woody brown with an amazing off-white, light cream-colored head. Great retention. Nice malty aroma, though quite faint considering the abv. The flavor is pretty simple to be honest. Not much going on, and some definite soy character, which is my least favorite quality in a beer. Overall: I am disappointed. I LOVE all of the other Traquair stuff I have had, and this bottle was fucking expensive. Oh well.
DConn007 (22) - - APR 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark roasted brown color with a medium sized tan head. There is a strong aroma that reminds me of a brown ale. There is a smooth and easy scotch flavor on the front with a very smooth and sweet finish with a hint of raisins.
argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle. Minimal beige head atop moderately sweet, raisin, caramel, light smoke. Taste is sweet, caramel/molasses, raisin, light smoke. Sticky medium-full body, minimal carbonation. Nice sipping beer.
Kinz (3111) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sort of a cross between a barley wine and a wee-heavy. Deep brown, good initial head fades quickly. Aroma is caramel and toffee. Flavor matches, with some interesting plum notes, and a hint of almost coriander like spice on the finish. Sweet, but not cloying. Enjoyable.
TheJestersBeer (1880) - SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear, reddish mahogany, beige head. Big, complex, fruity nose, malt, honey, chocolate, dried fruits, rye bread, quite spicy, faintly buttery. Quite sweet, full bodied, almost thick, low to medium bitterness. Rich, complex taste, still young (will develop well in the bottle, I reckon), malt, toffee, chocolate, dried fruits, licorice, rye bread, spicy, slightly yeasty. A bit cloying now, but that will fade with ageing. (2010-12-11)
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle poured into my De Struise glass... The body is a medium brown with lots of red, semi-clear. A light tan head rises several fingers and stays with great retention. Ok lacing... Great aroma that reminds me a sweeter trappist quad. Tons of brown sugar, candi sugar, light spice, lots of caramel. A touch too light and sweet, but otherwise pretty outstanding... The taste is almost as good, but loses some points. Light toffee, dark fruits, chalky middle, and a touch of alcohol on the finish. A little boring, not as sweet as the nose, so not as drinkable or enjoyable. Not the depth of a good quad...the feel is pretty smooth, easy to drink, with a warm finish when you swallow...Super easy to drink right now. This is supposed to be able to age another 10 years. This is ready to roll now, might not hold up the 10.
Good not great, but worth drinking.