SamTheBarrel (418) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml brown bottle, with a retro looking label, poured into a snifter glass. Appearance is cloudy amber with a medium size khaki colored head, when recuded left a lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, pine and caramel. Flavours of grapefruit, resin, caramel and lemon cest. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter. Palate is medium bodied, slightly sticky texture and average carbonation. Overall a great Barley Wine.
Dr_Fellini (396) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown ruby red color with a creamy tan head. Aroma is malty, a bit astringent. Flavor is sweet, heavily malty, slight alcohol. Lingering nutty kick in the finish. Tasty.
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
XIV thanks to kp. Pour is dark amber with small off white head. Aromas of candy, hops, and not much else. Flavor is lacking alot. Very watery and boring. Slight hops and fruit were present.
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour. Muddy dark amber, with a light tan head and sticky lacing. Aroma is subdued but complex, with bready malt, light pine and citrus hops, brown sugar. Taste is more malt, caramel and crystal, with a warming finish with nice pine resin hops lingering. Slightly chalky, but it works. Carbonation is perhaps a touch high, oddly effervescent. I like it.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a free beer from footbalm!
very hoppy nose and reminds me of a young bigfoot slighly with more sweetness on the finish....actually a good barleywine...wish I could taste an aged one....but one of the best fresh barleywines I have had besides bigfoot...thanks again footbalm!
ozarkspops (354) - - JAN 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby pour. Medium light brown head. Lots of lacing. Orange hop aroma. Dark fruit, raisin. Slight boozy. Burnt candy. Well balance flavor. A lot of the same flavors as aroma. Some chocolate and soil like flavors also.
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footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
4/10/05 12 oz. Sandy’s liquor. SLO, CA. 2003 bottle 10th Anniv. Amber with large creamy tan head. Pleasant seet malty aroma. Nutty fruity taste. Not overhopped.
Brentv (342) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle pours dark ruby copper with yellowish head. Generous lacing. Caramel aroma. Taste is sweet with a significant bitterness that lingers.
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
14th Anniversary (2nd bottling)
BOTTLED ON: 1/14/08
Appearance: Deep garnet body with good clarity and a butter toffee head. Good retention and an impressive amount of lacing caked all over the sides of the glass.
Smell: Some caramel and toffee malt notes with a spicy peppery hop infusion.
Taste: I’m loving the blend of the spicy hops with the caramel and toffee malt. I think I really caught this one at a good time. The hops are softened yet bitter when playing off the malt. The alcohol has really mellowed out too, being 95% concealed which is impressive for a 10.2% brew.
Mouthfeel: A bit slick yet a touch chewy! Medium full body with a surprising amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Easy to down it for a 10.2% brew but it packs a wallop so you really shouldn’t have too many.
This barley wine really retained a strong spicy hop profile even after nearly a year of age on it. I’m glad I let it age and would love to get my hands on a few more of these for the cellar.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-20-2008
Wegro (331) - Fresno, California, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
woody hoppy aroma, some caramel malt. flavor similar with big thick chewy body, very solid. warming alc. great sipper, but missing something to make it seriously special