GT2 (8380) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Paradiso courtesy of Travlr. Pours a clear deep red with a decent tan head that leaves excellent sheety lace. (This was served in 100% the wrong glassware). Excellent piney, resinous fresh hop nose with some toast and caramel. Taste is sweet, malt-forward, a bit boozy, and then disintegrates into medicinal cherry syrup.
jtclockwork (8263) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a purplish burgundy in glass with little white head. Nose is fig, raisin and molasses. Taste is sweet fig, brown sugar and dark fruits. There is a nice dry bitterness to it.
Dogbrick (8023) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask version at Winking Lizard’s 2nd Annual Real Ale Fest (03/27/10): The beer pours an amber-brown color with a medium light beige head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet malt, toffee and citrus. Medium to full body with flavors of caramel malt, citrus, toffee and light hops. The finish is molasses and toffee and leaves a malty aftertaste. Above average overall.
3fourths (7982) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 Draft at the brewery on release day. Deep garnet purple and brown colored body with a thick-layered toast colored head. Big nose of caramelized and roasted plums, some dry but inviting burnt hops, simcoe and columbus mostly. Reminds me of Bigfoot, without the insanely aggressive hop bitterness, since it’s actually smooth. Very rich and creamy on the palate, very full and delicious, and the 9.3% feels really good. Love it! Glad I bought a case.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to exiled. Pours with a deep brown body and an off-white head. Aroma of dates, dark fruits and caramel. Taste is tea, alcohol, bitter, raisins, dark fruits. Light bubbles.
DocLock (7832) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2009 Wow. I didn’t realize that this was Scratch 4 until recently. The pour is turbid, muddy deep brownish with 1-finger of khaki head. The aroma is amazingly complex, giving notes of heavy hops, tropical fruit, funky feety Simcoe hops, yeasty hints, caramel malt, figs, and mild cognac. The palate is rich, complex, throwing different things at the palate with every sip. Among the flavors Inoted were caramel malt, huge feety hops, tropical fruit, blackberry, prune, cognac, and figs. The hops don’t overtake the malt, with both components being huge and balancing each other well, and the alcohol is very well hidden. I need more of this.
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Spicy, green hops swim within smoke-laced caramelized cereals before resinous hop bitterness and strawberry edges rise from this complex Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam sits atop the dark mahogany.
-This is not one of those Barley Wines dwelling in tons of residual sugars.
-Hops showcase citrusy edges and wooden foundations.
-Balance is achieved throughout the soft and engaging mouthfeel.
jercraigs (7790) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008-08-07. Dark brown body with a creamy tan head. Interesting aroma, hoppy over top of dark malts, lightly leafy character. (7+) Flavour is similar with leafy hops over a malty base. Light earthy malt notes, caramel touches. Smooth average plus bodied palate. Very enjoyable. May have to get some more of this. Bottle, Premier Gourmet, Buffalo
crossovert (7337) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid american style barley wine here. Medium hops, big caramel malts, winter beer.
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to mj: Pours a clear dark copper mahogany with a thin-lacing wispy off-white head. Big, fresh grapefruity hoppy aroma has some toasty caramel malty notes. Starts pretty rich and malty sweet with some big citrusy, piny resiny hop character toward a crisp, bittersweet finish. A really hoppy barleywine that could practically be a IIPA. Not sure how well it’ll age though.