Bill Becker (481) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JAN 4, 2015
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with reddish hues brew sitting under about a fingers worth of off white foam.
The smell I get is all Bourbon and a strong bitterness.
The taste is even more intrusive with the Bourbon. Together with the very instringent bitterness, it gets to be a real chore to take the next sip. Too fresh and needs some cellaring? Maybe.
Fine fullish mouthfeel.
Too rough of a BA Barleywine for me.
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Pours mahogany with thick tan head. Aromas of raisins and brown sugar. Taste of oak, vanilla, toffee, dark fruits, and a sweet finish. Nice barley wine.
ZacM612 (270) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with fairly thick off-white head. A little bourbon aroma, hint of chocolate, and some fruit. Taste is mostly sweet, as it warms, the flavor and aroma grow stronger and more boozy. Pretty good.
Voodoo (407) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with a thin off white head which doesn’t hang around long.....aroma of booze, raisins, fig....taste is booze up front with dates, raisin, bitter cereal, tailing off into a metallic sweet finish with woody aftertones.
bpreo (1906) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nice and strong. Tasty, delicious. Exactly what you want from a Barley Wine.
hman43 (487) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
For a barley wine, it pours with quite a head. It’s a dark brown with a frothy light brown head. Lacing is apparent as the head retreats. The aroma has dried fruits and chocolate. There are flavors of alcohol, but not overwhelming, dried fruits, chocolate, and a touch of vanilla. Overall well done. It is moderately bitter on the finish.
glennmastrange (2379) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Moderate toasted cereal for the malt, light herbs and dough for the yeast, with hints of vinegar and cocoa powder. Head is average size, frothy/creamy, beige with good lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is dark murky brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, creamy, with a soft to lively carbonation. A tasty Barley Wone with some interesting unique aspects.
jredmond (5890) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared with Ken and Vi. Pours a deep murky mahognay brown body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is maple, molasses, booze, oak and super sweet sugar. Mouthfeel is medium with lots of booze, oak, molasses and sweet fruity malt. Too much booze character.
kvv104 (26) - - NOV 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a lasting soapy head. Taste has a bite to it with little to no notes of bourbon.
cstuartj (1016) - Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, pours couldy dark amber with a big head, lots of lacing. Nose is complex, hope, oak, vanilla, alcohol. Attack is smooth, warm, complex but very balanced. A long lingering finish with just the right bitterness to mellow the high alcohol sweetness.