RedSox2004 (1457) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUN 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear deep mahogany color with a one-finger tan head that leaves minimal lace. Aromas of dark and dried fruit, candy sugar and molasses. Raisin, date, caramel, plum and tobacco flavors highlight a complex flavor profile. Full bodied, thick creamy mouthfeel, minimal carbonation, and a pleasant dark fruit sweetness in the finish.
JHeath99 (1504) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Winestyles. Pours a perfectly transparent amber with thin beige head. Aroma isn’t as strong as I thought it would be, just faint hints of caramel and booze. Taste of dark fruits, a more pronounced caramel, and a lingering booze.
BeerKurve (520) - - MAY 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark red with abundant lacing, moderate carbonation and a thin but creamy head. Lots of dark fruit notes in the nose, with caramel malts, and some citrus hops. Flavor is very powerful but otherwise pretty much the same as the nose but with more of a resiny kick to it, particularly in the aftertaste. Thick body and moderate carbonation. Pretty good overall.
dfinney23 (2317) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours faintly hazy gold with a small but fluffy head. Very good complexity and balance.
Art (2413) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at 2014 Pittsburgh Barleywine tasting. Pours a clear golden color with a slight white head. Slight grassy aroma with a sweet taste. Some retro-nasal caramel/toffee notes. Really good barleywine for the price.
Darkmagus82 (2054) - - MAY 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
BA transfer - Poured from bottle into chalice glass
Appearance - A Nice deep red/brown color with a haze that faded. A Very wispy head was present when poured which dissipated quite quickly.
Smell - Not all that potent, but some sweet notes of dried fruit.
Taste - A sweet taste hits your tongue immediately. Cherries overwhelm the taste pallet with a nice malty flavor developing later on. This is then followed long after by a very subtle yet pleasant alcohol taste. Good for the style.
Mouthfeel - Nice and creamy with not too much carbonation.
Overall - A very good brew. A barleywine I would recommend over others I have had. It’s too bad Victory did not continue brewing it this year.
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. 2013 bottle poured into a snifter. Aroma is complex with nutty sweet caramel notes, fig, smoke, and citrus and hops. Taste is very bitter up front with hops. Mellows out a bit In the middle to reveal caramel and toffee flavors with a hint of dark fruit. The finish is back to the bittering hops with some spice and a lot of alcohol. Based on the reviews I've read I was hoping for a smoother barley wine, probably needs to age a bit. Decent yet a little disappointing.
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery, served in a tasting glass. Pours clear copper with a small beige head that mostly remains and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has big malty, toffee and caramel notes, along with raisins, figs and a complementary piney hop note. Wow, the flavour is an incredible, complex mix of toffeeish, biscuity malts with raisins, figs, a touch of molasses, and perhaps even pear and peach notes. Towards the end, hops reemerge, imparting a nice spicy, peppery quality to a finish that is long and balanced between fruity, toffeeish malts and a nice piney bitterness. On the palate it is full in body with a smooth, syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a truly great barley wine. I would love to compare to the oaked version. 2014-05-01
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65cl, Vintage 2013, at 11%Vol, American brew, thx to Ethan!, complex brew, malty/sweet and slightly alcoholic/fruity/bitter, very balanced, clear, small head, very good Winter brew
KnutAlbert (6398) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very sweet, but there is a load of hops keeping the sugar under control. Herbs, chocolate.