thornecb (4095) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Hefty head slowly recedes to hug rim. Dark caramel and pine aromas. Creamy with sweet and sour citrus upfront turning to a burning, and lasting resin hop finish.
beerandIT (298) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow. Troegs does it again! Dark color. Smells simcoe but has more subtle complexities. A bit of chocolate in there. Not much head but that’s no big deal for a barley wine. Clean finish on that chocolate but does not stick around too long. Hop finish that lingers as it is supposed to, kind of like a family member. Excellent showing by Troegs and would like to get another one to see what happens when I cellar it.
machfive55 (355) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a very dark amber with little head. The aroma is not very exciting, slightly on the hoppy side. The flavor is outstanding, just a really good mellow beer with a nice mix of hops and malt that seems to be a perfect balance. The 9% alcohol is not overpowering. For as large a beer as this is, it is very easy to drink. An excellent barleywine.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Scratch #4 bottle thanks to lb4lb!
Opaque tan-mahogany, small yellowish-beige head. Nose is malt heavy, toasty, some caramel and plum, sugar, rich. Flavor is similarly sweet but has more malt complexity, lots of plum in the finish and minor alcohol, and there is still some leafy hop. JW-lite.
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well thanks to a wonderful Pennsylvanian BA who sent me this (I think it was Dim) I am sorry this bottle was buried deep in the cellar and was before I kept tracks of my trades.
Bottle poured into my Maudite Snifter (I love that glass) produced a skim of lace across the top of a hazy tea colored brown body with some slight teeny bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass
Aromas of malts and caramel sugar hit me strait off. It is kind of funny the flavors of hops are present but no aromas from them. The first thing you taste is a nice sweetness from the grains, then comes the bitter from the hops, and warmth of the alcohol; Great balance
I have been drinking a few barleywine as of late. So I will say that this is somewhat unique in the stronger hops aspect, especially in an aged brew. This is a good barleywine. Not my favorite as of late, but a strong contender. Yes I drink it again
Ibrew2or3 (6436) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of tpd975, thanks again. Pours deep copper with thin off white head. The aroma is resiny with a mix of orange hard candy and cherry hard candy to go along with pine hop bitterness. The taste has a load of pine hops mingling with sweet orange candy and a bit of cherry hard candy goodness. I get smooth slick sweet malts midway and to the finish. Lots and lots of hops making this practically an IIPA. Yum! Very nice stuff. The pine hop bitterness just hangs on forever into the after taste.
Papsoe (25100) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of Miver. Pours an opaque, cloudy amber golden with a small, off-white head. Sweetish aroma of overripe fruit and caramel. Quite full-bodied with sweetish caramel and overripe fruit. Has a kight bitterness in the finish. The archetype of an American style Barley Wine. 010209
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, courtesy tpd975. Cloudy brown amber pour, thin white head, with creamy film of lacing. Tons of hops in the nose; incredible considering the age. Caramel and harsh woodsy oak, too. Flavor starts with a nice bitter touch, with a hoppy finish. Caramel, toffee, some chocolate and citrus. Very tasty, held up very well.
yespr (29418) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle, blindtasting #18. Pours murky dark orange to brown with a diminished off-white head. Dense malty, hoppy and slight yeasty aroma. Hoppy and roasted malt flavoured. Smooth, solid flavoured and alcohol presence yet with a lovely balance. Smooth hoppy and wooden finish.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 6, 2009
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours ruby red with a thin tan head. Smells very sweet and resiny. Tastes resiny and bitter with a very cloying finish. I couldn’t bring myself to drink more than an ounce of this one. The weakest of the series.