yespr (31220) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap at Toronado, Barley Wine Fest 2010. Pours clear and deep amber to maghoni brown with a lacing tan head. Aroma is dark spiced and roasted malty with a dark toffeeish note. Bitter, overripe fruity and light spiced flavoured. Bone dry and bitter finish.
eaglefan538 (2893) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Bert at SL. Pour was reddish-brown, weak head and lacing. The aroma was dark fruits, caramel, bourbon. The flavor was dark fruits, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, something with a slight vegetal touch too. The mouthfeel was big, oily, sticky. Not a bad shot at BBA, better than drinkable, but not great.
MeadMe (1307) - Riverview, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Pours a nice copper hue with a thin off white head. No real retention or lace noted.
S: Malty aromas. Brown sugar, toffee, and caramel lead the way. Mild notes of oak and booze as well.
T: Same as the aroma. Some chocolate and lots of candy malts. The barrel comes through nicely. Hints of oak, vanilla, and booze.
M: On the fuller side of medium, rich, sweet, smooth, a bit boozy.
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
orange/brown body with a small white head that laces the glass.the aroma is figs,cotton candy,tobacco,bourbon,and juicy fruit gum.flavor has much of the same.honestly this is past its prime and was maybe aged in the barrel to long.
sloth (2489) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small tan head with fair retention, little lacing. Clear deep amber in color. Nose of whisky, caramel malts, chocolate, a hint of alcohol, wood and some phenolic notes. Body is full, oily on the palate with a soft carbonation. Bourbon flavors up front with woody notes and vanilla. Unfortunately i,m pickin up some bandaid notes as well. They seem a bit more as the brew warms. Warming fruity alcoholly finish. Bandaid takes away, gets almost overpowering. Bottle procured in trade with footbalm. Thanks Eric!
IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Footbalm, sahred by Odeed! Thanks Eric and Jake!! Bottled in 2008. Nose of bourbon, vanilla, prunes, and woody oak. Clear cherry brown with a small lightly lacing beige head. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, and tobacco musty note that seems like a cross between a barleywine and an old ale. Must be the two years in the barrel.
Beerman6686 (4351) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a dark red color with an off white head. Aroma was lots of caramel, sweet sugar, and lots of barrel and bourbon. Flavor was lots of barrel, which covered up the complexities of the barleywine. Not much caramel or dark fruits, just barrel.
MrChopin (3288) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at 12/19 Pgh tasting thanks to douglas88!
Red-brown with an eggshell head. Nose is very cake-like and chocolate brownie is evident. Also some cherry and definite barrel-alcohol mix. The excessive barrel-aging has destroyed the flavor and palate here, the hops completely gone and the texture dry and quite thin. I imagine this was pretty good before the excessive barrel time, so I hope to try more from them in the future.
cheap (4057) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2009
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 Big thanks to the guy that brought this to the Pgh RB gathering 12/09. Not a fan of barley wines and I rate by how much I like it so ignore my numbers if you love this style. Dark Iced tea or rootbeer color. Big strong sweet typical barley wine aromas. Sweet sherry bourbon and barley wine flavors. Too much personality for this lager lover’s immature taste buds. Big slow long sweet hot alky finish, wew. Oily palate that hangs around for a while. Overall; large and in charge. Typical big beer.
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 750 ml bottle-pours a tan ring for a head and dark amber color. Aroma is (hot) bourbon, wood, dark fruit, some earthy hops. Taste is (hot) bourbon, wood, dark fruit, some earthy/resin hops. Sipping. Would like to try this again in 1 or 2 years. Thanks Rich for sharing.*** 110512- 3.6