DandyWolfFloyd (1037) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma - sweet caramel malts and some dough, as well as some honey.
Appearance - tenne orange body, with nice nucleation. Head is off-white and starts at 1/2" and fades slowly. The head settles into a nice layer of foam. There is some dappled lacing.
Taste - sweet malt, with burnt sugar, alcohol, some honey, saffron, and Columbus hops.
Palate - body is closer to full than medium, the texture slightly oiled and also slick, the carbonation average, the finish has a some bitter hops and astringent alcohol.
Larry_Duffman (374) - - DEC 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured it from the bottle into a pint glass. It pours a dark reddish color with an off-white head and some lacing. The aroma is boozy with hops and fruit. The taste is bitter hops, dried fruit, alcohol, and wood. The alcohol is noticeable and warming. This is a good sipping beer. It’s definitely a heavy hitter.
arkurzynski (2244) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep reddish brown. Nose full of toasty malts, caramel, dark fruit, raisin, grapefruit hops and mild pine. Flavor is more of the same with toasted malt, raisin, caramel, and bitter grapefruit. No booze to be found. This was outstanding, very surprised by the other ratings.
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not the best Barleywine I've had. Tasted a little yeasty. (Was old though.)
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GTAEgeek (1928) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Anniversary XV. 2008 vintage 12 oz. bottle from the Brick Store Pub. Dark brown, with a medium, beige head. The aroma is burnt caramel, toffee, brown sugar, pine, and some rotting leaves. Sweet and roasty flavor, with some light bitterness. Heavy body, syrupy, and a little astringent. This is an interesting barley wine. Dank hops and very roasted. Not that bad, just strange.
jb (2933) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice color, and head, especially for the abv. Reddish and cloudy but that is okay by me. Off white head. Some retention. Fruity nose, subdued, a bit of caramel. Nice mouthfeel, initially syrupy, and carbonated, then very swiftly some hoppy character kicks in and it is quite a nice treat, not one of the sickeningly sweet barley’s.
AWISLguy (2535) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from the Malt Shoppe in Tosa. Cellar aged 4 months and served at cellar temperature. Pours a reddish brown with a beige-orange head leaving some streaky lace. Aroma has dark fruits, sweet fruits, caramel, pine. Fruity and tangy, in an "American Strong" way. Taste is of sweet caramel, sweet dark fruits, light nut, and heavy pine. Quite hoppy, very tangy fruity. Medium to full bodied and surprisingly low alcohol presence for the abv. Finishes sweetly fruity and tangy, and long. Nice, hoppy brew. Not too barleywine-ish, more like a caramelly American Strong to me. Good stuff! 14.2
theOptimator (367) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 10, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is sweet caramel malt, bready, light roast with nice citrus hopping. Appearance is dark brown with a bit of orange, small head. Taste is malt forward, caramel and dark malt, strong hop bitterness present as well but way malt forward. Palate is medium full with some alcohol heat. Overall not bad but lacking some of the complexities would want in the style. A little one dimensional, not sure I would want to age this one like you would want to with many other young barleywines.
kerenmk (4092) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at our place. BBOTMC. Murky red-brown. Rich dark fruit aroma with prune, a little sugary. Full body, quite carbonated, long, dry and bitter finish.
solidfunk (7614) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some caramel, a hint of citrus and a fair amount of booze. Pours brown with OK head. Light sweet finish with some boozy bitterness. Some light florals and citrus. Average carbonation. Bottle.