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 (770) - 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 (1477) - 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 (237) - 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 (861) - 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.
CampesinoTino (751) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Mahogany colored with a layer of sudsy tan foam and bubbles. Mild notes of citrus, caramel malt, dark fruits and pine resin in the aroma. Taste opens up with a fair amount of toasted malt, caramelized sugars and toffee along with some raisin and citrus rind toward the end. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a bit of creaminess and low carbonation. Definitely on the hoppier end of the spectrum for a Barley Wine.
gam (3163) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Weak head not unknown in barley wines murky ruby red pour mild carbonation aromas caramel pine honey to toffee fruits butter the flavours honey then toffee fruits caramel tamarillo note malt chocolate grapefruit crisp hops dark rich fruits pine a dry note alcohol superb note the finish impressive ale rich malty sharp hops the fruits are so good bitter finish superb ale
Lukaduke (1998) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown amber color with a finger of eggshell foam. Lots of sweet caramel and boozy earth on the nose. The palate is big and round with lots of subtle sweet malt character that mingles nicely with earthy rustic grain, toasted notes, booze creeps in the midpalate then smooths out with a touch of bitter walnut on the finish. Nice.