jflopsu (505) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2014 Pours a dark brown. Has a dark fruit aroma with malt. Tate is unique with dark fruit, sweet malt, carmel, and prunes. A light aftertaste of malt, but not lingering.
MadRobin (1875) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle after cellaring for 6 months.
Murky, dark amber-brown with significant suspended sediment, a small cream-yellow head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of caramel, citrus, golden raisins and a hint of spearmint.
Taste of caramel, citrus, rum, brown sugar oak and light fruit.
Full/medium body and medium/high carbonation.
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Luvystypotables (560) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great head good lacing. Sweet aroma of barley and a hint of yeast. Smooth balanced taste of bread, barley and hops with a slightly bitter sweet palate.
flylikeabanana (178) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a murky brown with a faint brown head. Aroma of caramel malt. Taste is bitter up front without much body.
Sathorael (151) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep mahogany with Amber hues in the light. Aromas of rich salty caramel, toffee, subtle woodiness, plum, pine resin, and a little alcohol. Taste is bready and sweet with a big dark fruit presence, toffee and caramel with bold hop bitterness, pine resin, and slightly floral. Chewy mouthful. Finish is sweet with a calming bitter acidity. Slightly astringent.
collinthib (8) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very good commercial Barleywine. Aroma is inviting without being alcohol hot. Initial taste is smooth building to malty forwardness. Fruity esters are well balanced and not too strong. A very decent commercial Barleywine.
DenverLogan (791) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve had this many times over the years, including on tap at the Toronado in San Francisco years ago when they tied for the bronze. In front of me is a 12 oz bottled that says best before 1/29/14.
Pours a rich brown with large brown head and lace. Aroma of rich malts and earth. Medium carbonation and significant moughfeel. Flavors of malt balls, caramel, baking chocolate, leather, straw hops, carob. Overall big and bold with a significant smoothness through until a slightly bitter chocolate, dry finish.
harrymel (1481) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Dark brown with ruby hues, a thick quilt of light caramel. Smells uber-fruity: plums, raisin, some spiced persimmon. Then there’s a hit of brewer’s licorice, vanilla, and burnt sugar mixed with vinyl. Taste is booze, then some bitterness, then some sweet malts, then some more booze. Really can taste the ethanol here - in a bad way. Medium body with moderate, tickle carb and a semi dry finish. I’m uncertain I’m gonna finish this. Waaaay too boozy.
zickbeer_ye (240) - Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
happy dark berry aromas, malts and some alc. Light tan head and dark ryst colored body. Some hops, tart grape, and earthy barley flavors. A little hot
Emeister84 (867) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of caramel, orange, slight gingerbread, and nutty aromas, with some booze. Mostly clear, ruby complexion, with visible yeast. Off-dry, strong, fruity, with notes of raisin and dried apricot, and balanced nicely by later hop bitterness. Medium-full bodied, warming.