JStax (4300) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle from a 2012 vintage bottle. Pours a darker copper with a big beige head of foam. Aroma is pine and fruity bitterness overlaying a big sweetness. Taste is burnt caramel, roasty bitterness, fruity pine bitterness. Interesting and complex beer. Pretty good.
madvike (3149) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle - Pours copper with a filmy light tan head. Nose is pretty sharp and boozy with lots of pine and citrus hoppy notes. Taste has a big caramelly bready body with some yeasty dough and more grass/pine/citrus hoppiness. Slick and medium-bodied with medium-low carbonation.
Underdogs88 (274) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong Grapefruit, pine hop aroma with malt notes of licorice, plums and bread. Appearance is a light brown with an off white head. Flavor has a strong grapefruit, pine hop flavor. Malt flavor is bready with notes of caramel. Mouthfeel is medium full with medium carbonation. Overall, it's a pleasant tasting American barleywine.
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demannu (282) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Subdued aroma of grapefruit and caramel. Pours a caramel Color from bottle but sits deep amber in glass with a of white didn’t head with some retention and good lacing. Palate is soft and smooth, fairly light body. Malty flavor with slight charred character and mild bitterness in finish. Not my favorite.
DandyWolfFloyd (856) - 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 (246) - - 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 (2010) - 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 (361) - 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 (1665) - 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 (2702) - 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 (2084) - 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