vyvvy (5375) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours tawny brown with a tan head. The aroma has brown sugar, toffee, oak, vanilla, caramel and warming alcohol. It has a medium / full rich body with some roughness a good amount of carbonation. The taste starts with raw oakiness and bourbon in addition to the aroma notes. However, the aspects of the aroma are much drier. There is also some dense crusty bread and ultra dry toffee. The finish has lots of raw oak, alcohol heat, spice and barleywine girth of the full taste. Really nice barleywine.
drdisque (738) - Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a bomber poured in a snifter. Aroma is smoky and boozy. Flavor is stiff harsh bourbon flavors with notes of charcoal, burnt sugar, and a bit of tar. Slightly bitter. Finish. Many off-putting flavors and not many good ones to counteract. Alcohol far too present. Disappointing.
wedgie9 (2577) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. Tasted in early 2013 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle at SvT’s house. Pours cloudy brown/orange with an average tan head that leaves average, even lace. The nose is caramel, resin hops, some vanilla, and earthy yeast. The flavor is fairly dry for all of the caramel and vanilla, with the hops and earth providing some bitterness. The body is full with average carbonation and a long, very bitter finish.
SuperTiti33 (843) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rousse foncé. Belle mousse dense et beige. Nez: Banane. Caramel. Tire éponge. Biscuit épicé. Bouche: ronde. Bourbon. Vanillé. Belle amertume. Biscuité. Banane cuite. Rhum. Boisé. Épicé. Gingembre. Finale caramélisé. Excellente.
Bill Becker (729) - 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 (488) - 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 (532) - 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 (2373) - 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 (924) - 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.