GT2 (8677) - 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.
JoeMcPhee (8534) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber brown beer with a lot of haze. The aroma is pretty solid. Big spicy/earthy hop nose with a lot of orange peel and herbal notes as well. Dark chewy malts with a bit of crackery/bready malts. Orange peel and a sweet but restrained maltiness. The hops seem to be fading a bit allowing a bready matliness to come to the fore. Sort of a light rummy spiciness as well. It’s lightly vineous, but also quite restrained. Light stone fruit on the back. It’s pretty tasty really.
Dogbrick (8507) - 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 (8211) - 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.
MartinT (8024) - 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 (8006) - 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
DocLock (8001) - 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.
BMan1113VR (7867) - 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.
crossovert (7721) - 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.
Scopey (7183) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to Leighton at THE Barley Wine Tasting, August 2012. It pours very dark brown, with a minimal tan head. The nose is juicy dark fruit: prune, raisin, plum, as well as light roastiness, caramel and chocolate. The taste is wood, earth, charcoal, bitter and milk chocolate, dark fruit, caramel and some meatiness, with a dry finish. Pretty boozy. Full body and fine carbonation. A solid barley wine, but nothing spectacular.