TheGB (575) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice dark amber. Aroma of malt and caramel. Tasty with a nice palate too. Kinda sweet, but pretty well balanced with the high abv.
astanford (36) - California, USA - MAR 22, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
caramel, roasty, resin, spruce, barnyard, earthy, dark brown, frothy, cloudy, lightly bitter, full body, creamy, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish,
drpimento (2771) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Velvet hammer here. Appearance is a large, long lasting, tan to cream-colored, thick head, plenty of lace, and a clear, dark amber hue. Aroma is leather, dark ripe fruit, dark malt, yeast, hops, and lumber. Flavor’s similar to nose, with sweet being up front and bitter heavy in the finish and just right carbonic tang to balance. Body is good, but the heavy bitter yields some coarseness. Ditto for the finish, with some off flavors, though overall, I’d definitely have, just not right away. I’d be especially curious to try it with some aging.
M82 (445) - Kansas, USA - FEB 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2015
A couple months at cellar temp has the expected results with less hop influence, while also allowing the exceptional texture to shine a bit more, +1 on Palate
Fresh review on Feb 28, 2015 :
Ruby highlights adorn a mahogany body beneath a slowly fading, rocky faint tan head creating intricate lace all around
Classic American barley wine aromas and flavors, stanky dank, dark and red berries, herbs and citrus balanced over sweet cherry malt notes on the beautifully smooth signature Uinta texture, medium weight offering coffee cake and toffee leading to a piney, complex residual full of the previously mentioned components
12oz bottle best before 05/04/15H served at 50° into Stölzle Swirl Red Wine glass
probstblueribbon (3498) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 fl oz bottle from BOTW (Rochester), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Deep ruby-mahogany with a nice reddish-tan head. Rich, deep, lightly peppery malt, dark treacle and toffee, brown sugar and faint molasses, booze, green and resinous hops big, nice. Medium+ body with fine, relaxed carbonation. Deep, dark malt, resinous, peppery hops, brown sugar, dark dried fruitiness, so dark and spicy; sweet with big bitterness and a long, spicy / peppery finish. Big.
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - FEB 14, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I shy away from barley wines, fearing them to be unbalanced malt bombs, but this one is so balanced, it’s delicious from beginning to end.
luttonm (3633) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, Seattle. Dark leathery mahogany, small foam. Cherry fruitness and roasty malt aroma. Ruddy, roasty body with a hint of alcohol and bite of hops. Dark grain, smoke and leather while still remaining pretty bright. Tasty beer.
dlovell2 (1476) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy dark brown amber color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel malt, brown sugar, dried plums, and herbal hops. Flavor is thick sweet caramel malt, dark brown sugar, molasses, dark dried fruit flavors and a pine hoppy finish. Thick syrupy mouth feel.
RedSox2004 (1553) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JAN 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Muddy reddish brown with a one-finger beige head and a thin veil of lace. Aromas is all sweet and fruity caramel with ample dried fruits and resinous hops. Big caramel and dark fruit sweetness up front with grassy and pine hop bitterness adding lots of life. Medium body, minimal carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and a hoppy but boozy finish.
Ron (3279) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear deep amber with a beige head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, dried fruits, citrus and hint of alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long caramel and bitter finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. The alcohol is only slightly noticeable. Maybe I’ll pickup another to cellar.