KajII (755) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The pour was a clear dark mahogany brown with a large light beige pillowy head that was mostly lasting, eventually reducing to a large puddle with a large collar which created excellent sticky spotty lacing.
The aroma was quite robust of a dark bread malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of toffee, molasses, dark chocolate, dark fruit (plums and grapes), a bit of vanilla and a light oaked alcohol scent.
The taste was malty sweet with hints of vanilla, toffee and a bit of molasses from the onset, becoming slightly bitter sweet with a note of dark fruit, a touch of dark chocolate and a big alcohol finish. The flavor lingered for a good long duration after the swallow with a sweet alcohol presence left behind.
Mouthfeel was a bit beyond medium in body with a creamy, oily texture and an almost prickly carbonation.
Overall a full tasting brew with a nice woody bourbon finish...
Westchesterco (686) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle it is a cola brown beer with a slight head. The aroma is of vanilla and Bourbon. The taste id very complex with spices that resonated with the boozey finish
Iphonephan (2269) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a deep amber with a tan head. Light vanilla nose. Flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla and dried fruit with some grassy hop notes. Medium full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Bitter, boozy finish.
Passthebeer (15) - Manassas, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep ruby brown color, thick off white head, great aromas of caramel malts and bourbon. Tastes very malty, the vanilla compliments the bourbon style beer. Great beer
Beerenberger (1117) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma of citrus and bright fruit. A dark brown pour with a mostly lasting tan head and sheet lacing. The flavor, as one would expect for an American Barley Wine, is hops forward. Citrus, fruit, with hints of balanced malt and vanilla notes. Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Overall, a nice sipper. (Enjoyable with some Stilton cheese)
drpimento (2042) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, another Crooked Line that goes straight to beer heaven! Poured at a good temperature with a huge, foamy, thick, billowy, light tan head and lots of lace. Color is a clear cherry amber with a couple of lazy bubble trails. Aroma is a heavy, hop, malt, fresh sawn wood, resin, black olives. Flavor’s like nose, bitter and tang up front, with a little malt and bourbon sweet, hints of dark chocolate. Body/carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, the bitter hop veers a tad off, alcohol warmth, but still great sipping beer. Perfect to share with friends who are of the same mind.
halfwayhouse (13) - - NOV 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great barley wine! An absolutely beautiful beer, great aroma, great flavors of caramel and oak.
Bacterial (881) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a 750 ml bottle. Dark amber, slightly hazy with a light tab head. Malty nose. Hoppy malty bourbon taste explosion. Nice.
crossovert (5716) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, its a good barleywine that you can find pretty easily on the shelf when in season.
CampesinoTino (690) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked & Caged 750 ml Bottle. Dark reddish brown pour with a thick layer of tan foam. Plenty of dark sugars, candied fruits and malt in the nose with a bit of bourbon around the edges. The flavor starts with a generous serving of brown sugar, caramel malt and vanilla along with some raisin, black cherry and pine resin. Also some charred oak and alcohol in the finish. Relatively smooth and balanced despite the hefty ABV.
kidmartinek (2971) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with little head. Aroma of barley syrup and a little alcohol. Savory flavor that’s strong but smooth, cool, balanced bitterness contrasts nicely with the would be sweet malt character. A very good bw.