Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a three finger tan head that left delicate lacing. The nose is dark fruit, light bourbon and molasses. The taste is raisins, brown sugar, oaky vanilla and faint bourbon. Medium motuhfeel. Nice barleywine.
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, corked and caged. Wow, Utah brewers hit that ground with a hurryupness once the laws changed. Big beasty BW. Pours nearly opaque mahogany with a towering, dense, creamy medium tan head. Big sweet bourbony nose, a little twangy. Lots of malty caramel and brown bread notes. We’ve been down this olfactory road often enough to know when we’re seeing a winning--if rather played out--combination of aromatics. Big boozy bourbony brown bread barley wine. OK. Sticky thickish body, lively-enough carb even when it’s still pretty cold. Toast, raisins, caramel, bourbon, and a little twang on the mid-palate. Long toasty caramel finish. Nice enough beast.
dhiggs15 (1) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2011 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice color and head to the pour. Great beer but the 11+ percent alcohol definitely stands out on the finish. Very nice beer either way.
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 31, 2011
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased in Park City, Utah on 01/28/2011. Colour deep, deep brown with buckets of pillowy head. Nose: Currants, cherries, dark chocolate, vanilla, glue, rich malt, bandaids, wild honey. Absolutley jammed with character and layers of personality. World Class nose. Taste: medium sweet, might bitter, medium sour. Bourbon kick right off the start line and immediately into a dark chocolate haze that stays steady but is dominant and more body seems restrained. Still, a delicious and plush mouth. Syrupy body is a touch cloying.
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 24.5 oz. Split with my Dad and Uncle Mark in celebration of my Mom-Mom’s wonderful life. Pours a dark amber bloody mahogany with a huge, rich, creamy, tightly-bubbled off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, honey, chamomile tea, bourbon, oaky notes, and slight caramel with figs. Surprisingly mild bodied, especially for the massive ABV, but the alcohol never overwhelms, nor burdens the palate. Smooth, oaky, sweet overtones rise to the surface when sipped slowly, and the dark, dried fruit tastes mingle seemlessly with the incredible woody chocolate notes. Finish is slow, calm, smooth, and surprisingly lacking in warmth. Overall, a very tasty, well crafted, insanely well-balanced barley wine. Excellent brew.
dmac (4208) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big cork and caged bottle from Jonathan Ron Brielle. Poured a deep clear rusty red light beige foamy head. Aroma of tropical fruits, grapefruit pulp and rind, oak, wood, pineapple, vanilla and bourbon. Solid body with a mdium mouthfeel and average carbonation, a lingering dry finish and some alcohol heat. Flavor of slight caramel, toffee, light bourbon, a hint of chocolate, a touch of coffee, cola and vanilla to round this one out. Very solid and a great beer but the black was by far the best in the series.
zizzybalubba (1501) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle from Grape & Gourmet (bottled June 4, 2010). Pours more brown than anything but appears to be a very dark orange with a slight off-white head. Aroma of big sweet toffee and piney hops. The flavor is really nice and surprisingly balanced between the hops and sweetness. After a few sips the wood and vanilla flavors really start to shine through and the alcohol warming really begins to kick in. An excellent barleywine.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: A basic caramelized barley-wine with off-putting papery/oxidation notes
How: Bottle 750ml corked & Caged. Consumed approximately 6 months after bottling.. Bottle sent to me by footbalm, thanks a lot Eric. Tasting session with Montreal crew.
The look: Cloudy burgundy body topped by a persistent small beige head
In long: Nose has typical slightly fruity caramel with some cardboard. Taste is as straightforward as they come. Slim caramel, some wood (nothing really bourbon here), some tobacco leafs, dried fruits. But what bothered me was the papery and buttery notes. Strangely my tasting partners didn’t seem to mind, or even notice those, but to me it was off-putting. Tasted like an old slightly oxidized beer with some diacetyl notes. Weird. Body was a bit slim for the style and the carbonation was discreet. Another disappointing beer from the big 750ml lineup of Uinta. This brewer is rubbing me the wrong way. But as a general rule, brewers give terrible massage.
pineypower (2540) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanks to Dmac for sharing this one. Pours out a moderate copper color (I guess hence the name) with a big head that starts to fade shortly after the pour. Aroma is of some bourbon, light oak, and some syrupy sweetness. Flavor is complex with oak, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, some earthy notes, light dried fruit and some lingering alcohol/bourbon on the finish. Overall a solid barleywine that doesn’t go overkill on the sweetness.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz cage & cork served in a tulip. Pour was ruddy brown with red highlights and very little off-white head to speak of. Nose is molasses, light caramel, bourbon, big oak, light vanilla, light apricots and an odd flatulence/food thing that ligers in the nostrils. Taste is wood and hops up front, than this recedes and a strong carbonated bourbon jumps in. This is followed by a bitter wood and date/vanilla finish that goes the distance. This is a very complex barley wine, and quite exemplary in some aspects, but there is something unknown, behind the scenes, that drags this one down a bit for me.