eaglefan538 (2917) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour from bottle, full brownish-red color with a good initial off-white-ish head, retention only ok, but not terrible, lacing ok, not a standout after the first minutes. The aroma was caramel, brown sugar, molasses, fruits, faint pine. The flavor followed the aroma, a little too sticky for me, although there was a slight hop balance under it all. Not very alcoholic, but it was somewhat metallic/astringent in the aftertaste.
Arayaga2 (1865) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mostly opaque reddish brown with athin brown head. Sweet brown sugary aroma with a distinctly hoppy buzz Taste is fruity, metallic, with intense bitterness. Hot alcohol, and thinning taste toward the end. $1.89/12oz
oh6gdx (21752) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (XIV). Deep rubyish amber colour with mediumsized brown head. Aroma is strong hops and alcohol along with some fruityness, vanilla and breadyness. Flavour is mild roast, alcohol, fruity bitterness as well as some caramel. Wellbalanced and pleasant.
vyvvy (4499) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown / bronze with a rocky tan head. Thea aroma is deep and bready with caramel malts, nice rich mustiness and definite abv. Medium / thin body that is a bit slick and thinner than expected with a small amount of sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with earthy hops, dark malt, dry caramel, some woodiness and toffee. The finish has lots of woody / earthy hops and is rather harsh. A decent barleywine for a good price.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. Bottle (XV): Sweet aroma. Smells of hops, caramel, pine, toffee, and biscuit. Poured dark red/magenta in color with a small beige head that disappeared quickly. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of bitter hops, ripe dark fruits, pine, alcohol, chocolate, wood, and malts. Medium body. Slightly sticky, coating texture. Soft carbonation. Bitter, dry, alcohol-burn finish.
waolsen (1369) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. mahogony pour iwth thin head. citrus hops, old wood, malty aroma. earthy, rich full malty body, nice piney hops. light bitterness in finish. alcohol a bit too present. nice.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate: Bottle at home with Diz.
Almost black amber colour with a sumptuous tan head. Damn what an aroma. Massive chewy and earthy malt with loads of cheese and sugar and topped off with some brutal hoppage. Spicy and resinous, grassy and pungent. Bloody outstanding snout. Flavour is along similar lines. Superb and robust peated malt base. Good chewy caramel. Massive stinging hoppage that really wakes the palate up. Finishes with a full assault of all the complexity it can muster. This is a storming beer.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at GBBF 08. 14th Anniversary edition. Deep brown with a foamy magnolia head. Right from the first sip, it’s all heavy malt and fierce hop flavours. Very, very American. It takes you out back to the alley and gives you a kicking!
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish brown with large beige head. Sweet aroma with toasted malt, caramel and pronounced hoppy notes. Sweet flavor with roasted malt, caramel, grapefruit, piney and hoppy Notes. Ends solid bitter.
matt7215 (2262) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from a trade with douglas88. pours very dark brown with a small tan head, not typical of a barley wine but still very appealing. aromas are sweet dark malts and hop resin. the aroma is good but not great, i dont even know what else i want but its just middle of the road for barley wine aroma. flavours are big and well balanced with black tea bitterness at the end. not a bad barley wine but not the best ive had. thanks for the bottle douglas!