Smurf2055 (1064) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours peachy orange with decent head and retention. Malt and sugar in the smell, bit of straw. Taste is dry, bitterish, grainy. Light to mid bodied. A bit bland.
jobrewmeister (81) - - MAR 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a red amber with a tan head. Very nice lacing. Smell is of toasted malts, cherries, caramel. Came on very strong, candy/malt opening and middle, with a with a hop bite finish.
boxofrane (1704) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2012 Draft. Pours a mahogany brown with a small head. Aroma is very bready with some dark fruit (plum, fig, raisins). Taste is bitter and sweet with some booze on the finish. This was a 2007 vintage draft at Victory that was pretty smooth but I imagine there was a little more bitterness when this was fresh. Can’t wait until they resume brewing this annually.
tkrjukoff (3772) - SWEDEN - MAR 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33 cl, trade. pours brown amber with a great creamy beige head leaving lace. Aroma fills the room with sweet caramel, raisins, fidges, fruits, malts, some yeast and red berries.Fantastic. Flavor is excellent; fantastic malt base, great balanced bitterness with nice citric touch, fruity, malty, vinous, raisins, fidges and all that a good BW should have. Finishes bitter and sweet malty.
Vaiz (2939) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Monk’s cafe Wallingatan. Hazy murky brown to copper pour with a tiny off-white head and some large yeast rocks. Aroma is very fruity and malty with sugary and spicy tones. Very full bodied flavor with loads of malty goodness and a very well balanced rounded flavor, quite sweet and a bit alcoholic, but very good.
hoppyho (56) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy brownish-orange color with two fingers of light tan head. There is a decent amount of lacing for a barleywine. The smell is fairly balanced; some malt, some hops, and some alcohol. A nice aroma. The taste is malty at first, with some sugary sweetness and some honey. The finish is nice and hoppy with some alcohol warmth.
Billicus (285) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
sweet hoppyness in the nose, old malt essences as well, somewhat cloudy medium amber hue lacing head, hops hits first in this battle, then the malty richness, which lends to carmel notes accumlating into a very well balance american barleywine! overall best barleywine Ive ever had, Iam gonna miss your loving late in the midwinter season baby!
italarican (1148) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Lots more butterscotch in the sweetness to resinous ratio than other barleywines. Plenty of boozy warmth in the finish. I thought this was a little off balanced in favor of malt, but I actually prefer that in barleywines.
PotjeBier (1294) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(From notes) Tap @ 38 Degree Alehouse, Alhambra, CA (end of 2009). Red brown color, small creamy head, off white. Aroma: roasted malts, hopbitter, sweet. Flavor is sweet & medium bitter. Strong alcoholfeel (warms the throat). Finishes quite bitter, with still some malty sweet for balance. Good.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Vintage Bottle pours a reddish brown with small light tan head. Aromas are caramel and dark fruits and some bitterness. Taste is caramel, cherry, raisins, and some nice bold hoppiness that keeps this from being too sweet. Body is full, carbonation is average. Finish is long and bitter after some sweetness up front. Overall, a very nice barleywine with great rounded edges (thanks to the aging).