brokensail (10808) - 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.
jredmond (5306) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled at Franks. Late in the night which may have attributed to palate fatigure, but this was decent. Pours a deep amber body with light lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, light malt, light dust and faint spice. Mouthfeel is strong oak, caramel booziness, light toffee and dark fruits.
PhillyCraft (3185) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Tim or Bill I think. Pours brown color with little to no head, random and sporadic lace. Really old smelling with some dusty oak, plum, fig, and toffee. Really hot but I didn’t mind at this stage of the night. Not bad but not great either.
callmemickey (2696) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber brown body, thin off-white head, spotty lacing. Caramel, booze, oak, slight dark fruits, some oxidation. Medium to full bodied, mellow carbonation, modest sweetness. Finish is quite muted.
hopscotch (9120) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Hazy brown pour with mahogany highlights and a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The nose is composed of wood, soil, earthiness, caramel and alcohol. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and airy carbonation. The flavor is an intermingling of malty-sweet caramel and vanilla, flanked by earthy, woody bitterness. Nice balance. Finishes with caramel sweetness and bourbony warmth. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!
mcberko (6311) - 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 (8380) - San Diego County, 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 (4130) - 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 (2218) - 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.