drfabulous (3559) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2010 Not entirely a barley wine. A very sweet, caramel strong ale. Very young (June 07). But a nice surprise. Who knew they can do this in Nebraska?
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the RBSG grand tasting on 6/23/07: Pours a transparent golden bronze with a thin wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet doughy pale malt with a touch of earthy bread and corn. Starts fairly full and caramely sugar sweet with some earthy piny bittering hop presence toward a peppery slightly alcoholic finish. An ok barleywine, but needs more balance.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2007: Poured a light copper color with an off-white head. Sweet fruity malt and a hoppy tail make up the aroma. Hint of alcohol. Light fruity flavor with thick sweet malt. Full bodied.
iowaherkeye (2684) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL, Bottled: Sept. í06. My bottle claims 9.2% ABV. Clear orange with 1/2 finger yellowish white head that stuck around a minute before fading to a thick ring. Aroma of caramel malts and grain up front, with some raisins and a good amount of alcohol poking through. Flavor is quite sweet with the caramel and raisins (caramel is much more dominant), sweet grains and some Luckily the alcohol isnít as present in the taste as it was in the nose. Other than a hint of spicy hops, I donít really know where they are in this one. Semi-dry finish, low bitterness. Moderate smooth carbonation with a medium body. I see people are talking about mellowing this thing, but I donít know what there is to mellow--itís just a rather basic barleywine with not much going on--maybe they had the younger í07? If so, you boys arenít missing out on much. Pretty inoffensive.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2008 Date: 06/24/2007
Source: Tasting, RBSG 2007
Appearance: clear gold, wispy white head,
Aroma: hot sweet caramel malt aroma,
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, light earthy bitterness
Score: 2.9 to 3.4
Words: cellar party
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma with a nice fruity character and a touch of heat,
Body: big body,
Flavor: big sweet caramel malt flavor, touch of fruity sweetness, light alcohol leaves a peppery character, light earthyness adds some balance but the hot sweet caramel stays dominant,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
decaturstevo (4614) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBSG 07 A light brown pour. An aroma of raisins. The same flavor of dried fruit and a hint of alcohol. Palate was good with next to no carbonation which is a plus for me on the style. A bit rough around the edges but pretty decent.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Might not have been ready for drinking, but it was passable. For now, it seemed everything was raw and edgy and needed mellowing. Caramel malt, unripened fruit, citrus hops. Medium body. The flavor was unrefined and a bit out of balance but showed promise. Would like to get a few bottles to lay aside and see what happens.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting. Clear gold with a yellowish head. Fruity nose, caramel and floral hop. Fruit salad flavors, sweet, caramel and floral.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2007 Sept 2006 vintage. In the corked bottle from Beertopia. The brewer, Zack, tells me that this is essentially the same recipe as his previous barleywine. However, this one is not bourbon barrel aged. Perhaps when it ages it will mellow out, and I expect that it will. However, this seems just too young right now to pass judgment. Such a shame that it already found itís way to RBSG. Iíll give it some time and try it again from the cellar. A bit too unbalanced and harsh with too small a body to support the bitterness right now. Iím hoping for the proper incubation period to bring delights. Update 12/2007: Just purchased the June 2007 vintage from Beertopia. Will age awhile before wasting it.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the RBSG 2007 grand tasting. Very light color and nose for a barley wine. Sweet caramel malt body with faint dark fruits in the flavor. Not bad, but all aspects were a bit on the lite side for the style.