Jow (2657) - New York, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at ues pony bar. Pours kinda ugly cloudy brown. Nice nose of candy and dark fruits. Tastes of caramel, cookie dough, figs, earth, resin, and some floral notes. Dry on finish and not too sticky for barleywine. Slight alcohol warming which will carry me the 20 block walk home
mikesaum (630) - Newark, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pourd darker than most barleywines, khaki head no lace. Aroma is booze and toffee with dark fruit. Taste is raisins and toffee, brown sugar, very smooth and super drinkable.
superspak (3327) - Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter; Spring 2011 bottling, 2 years old now. Pours hazy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, apple, toast, light pine, brown sugar, orange rind, brown bread, orange zest, floral, grass, candi sugar, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt notes with a fair amount of hop presence. Taste of caramel, raisin, apple, toast, brown sugar, light orange rind, light pine, brown bread, floral, candi sugar, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, apple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, light pine, floral, candi sugar, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt flavors with a fair amount of hop presence; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, fairly slick, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American Barleywine at 2 years of age. Very nice balance and complexity of malt flavors with moderate hops; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
snoworsummer (3133) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bomber. Pours medium brown with thin tan head. Tastes like sweet dates, raisins, hints of caramel and chocolate. Roasted, sweet aroma, smells like figs. Medium body and medium carbonation.
sonnycheeba (4186) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy brown with thick, creamy beige head; good retention and some lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malts, floral hops, dates figs, candy sugar, and light toast. Flavor is sweet malts forward with good supporting spicy and floral hops, dark fruit esters, and some woody notes; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
NikkTwist (1967) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Split Thy Skull event at Tatt Moms. Dark hazy amber pour. Slight foamy head. Similar to the strong high-hopped Nugget Nectar but even stronger and with some dark fruit and vegetable notes. The darker malts mellow out the finish a bit, but still big bad stuff!
closey22 (1182) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish amber little off white head; aroma is sweet sugary malty with some hops; Flava is rich sweet and nice hoppy bite; feels medium bodied; finishes long bitter and some greens(grass ? Celery?)
boxofrane (2387) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours murky brown with a small tan head. The aroma has some caramel notes and a lot of astringency. The taste is medium hoppy bowery with a ton of sweet boozy caramel.
michcam8 (369) - Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good barley wine. Heavy malt aroma and taste, but not overwhelming like others. Balanced with dark fruits, toasty bread, and slight hop bitterness. Good amount of lacing on glass and is dark brown in color with a tan fluffy head. Creamy mouthful. Would recommend to others.
maslupulos (39) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy dark amber with ample foam, got to be unfiltered. Aroma of caramel, molasses, raisin, and some citrus. Starts with sweet toasted grains and toffee and then follows quickly with moderately bitter hop finish. A little bit of booziness, but really drinkable for a barleywine. Great rounded taste and another excellent beer from Troegs!