brokensail (9106) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by GT. Mahogany pour with an off-white head. Big whiskey, chocolate, and butterscotch aromas. Toffee, treacle, vanilla, and some booze. A touch of dark fruit, brown sugar, and oak. Nice sweetness of toffee and brown sugar. Vanilla, whiskey, oak, and some butterscotch. Some alcohol heat, dark fruit, and chocolate as well.
mcberko (4771) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, pours a dark amber / mahogany with a medium beige head. Aroma brings out floral hops, some whiskey notes, and some dry caramely biscuity malts. Flavour brings out loads of floral hops, caramel, intense spicy hops, light whiskey notes, and alcohol. Quite alcoholic, with a strong boozy burn. By far the booziest of the Upright Sole Comp Barleywines, making it a bit difficult to drink. Quite complex, spicy, hoppy and boozy. Solid stuff, but the weakest of the three I’ve tried.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL #104/113. Thanks to brainlair! Clear Deep amber tea pour. Spotty tan lacing. Nose is fumey dark bourbon, vanilla, seasoned tomato, salt and seasoning. Taste is bitter, dusty cocoa an melted milkshake mix. Vanilla, brownie sugar. Finishes dustier. Rich mouthfeel, not too sweet, peanut brittle and blonde fudge. Interesting dessert barleywine. Rich mouthfeel but dry, quick finish. Pretty awesome if you stop to take some time with it. As it warms, it really exhibits more caramel reduction and some uncanny Flan Spanish dessert. Wow. Not surprised by my Top 5 brewery.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Upright... Poured dark brown with red tones and a thin, khaki head. Very sweet. The least amount of barrel out of any of the other barrel variants. Malty, toasted grains, vegetal hope notes, and some booze and alcohol notes. As it warmed it became a little more cloying, viscous, and astringent. Good at first, but far from the other barrel variants from this beer. Definitely the weakest of their barleywine bunch.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle number 73/113 shared by Seth. Cloudy light brown pour with an off white head. Sweet malty aromas. Sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits and peat like whiskey notes dominate the taste. Good body. Somewhat sweet and hoppy. Good mouthfeel and balance.