NasalBasil (19) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep shade of orange, but not quite brown and without a head. Smells malty with a touch of raisins and caramel. It has a sweet taste balanced with a high alcohol content that is not overpowering. Itís easy on the palate considering itís an 11.1 ABV. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. This is dangerously good.
youdictategood (252) - Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark, opaque amber pour with no head. Sweet aroma - pitted fruit, caramel, some alcohol. A lot of raisin, caramel, and burnt sugar in the flavor - definitely on the sweeter side of the style. Alcohol burn is definitely there at the end.
Elwood (2909) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a light ruddy brown with a small and short lived light tan head. The nose is alcohol forward with an odd fruitiness. The flavor has plastic notes, caramel, and candied fruit to go with a hot, boozy kick. A little rough around the edges for my taste.
nimbleprop (3875) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, 2009 vintage sampled on 09/19/2013. Kept cellared for the last four years. Pours a very thick, translucent, deep caramel amber with some very thin white head. Nose is still rather sweet, caramel, malt, honey comb, tons of port, some cherry, some treacle, some pine, a lot of booze, rum punch, a little berry. Flavor is nice, very heavy on the port though, a little vanilla extract, caramel, cherry, a little wood pulp, some pine, some grapefruit juice, a little candied apple, pear schnapps, some booze, lots of port. Youíd think this would be boozy through, but it isnít. A little sticky, but mostly clean finish. Stood up to time very well.
SilentJo (40) - Chocowinity, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice dark amber color when poured, with little to no head resulting. Aroma was kinda mellow, taste was very interesting. Smooth with a strong finish. Very good sipping beer.
penguinfinity (50) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells amazingly sweet and subtle. Pours dark amber with almost no head, very thick; you canít see through it. Oily surface and feel, very smooth with just a hint of bitter. Very impressed with this beer.
SPDickerman (830) - Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours opaque blood mahogany with a small beige ring. Smells of caramel and mild dark fruits. Taste is bold, caramel and dark fruits. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot finishes with some alcohol heat and mild fruitiness.
maneliquor (2284) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours murky amber with a small white head which quickly disappears. Nose is loads of candied sugar, brown sugar, dried apricot, raisin, toffee and black cherries. Light tarty and dark fruits in the taste which work very well. Heavy sticky date notes and residual sugar. Light heat which is pleasing with the slight sweetness it has. Very good stuff. Age has done some good things to this
Lowenbrau (1466) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle @El Cabanůn, Avilťs. Nice barley wine, liquorice, caramel, alcohol well integrated. Pours copper, some hazy, with little off white head, vanishing. Sweet aftertaste.
574deadzone (763) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled 5-30-13. Pours a clear, deep amber-garnet with a large bubbled khaki head that evaporated, leaving no trace of a head or any lace. Some alcohol film present on a swirl, not quite leggy but close. Nose involves cherry cough syrup, pinot noir, alcohol vapors, leather, light smoke, and plum. Quite sweet flavor, lightly tart, hardly at all bitter. Full, thick body, very syrupy, tingly, some carb action but mostly dull and flat, with a drying tart then sweet and syrupy finish. As constituted, Iím disappointed. On one had, it definitely puts the "wine" in barleywine, as it looks, smells, and drinks like some sort of a big but sweet red wine, which Iím not a fan of as I prefer dry reds. Compared with other barleywines Iíve enjoyed, this one presents as still and lifeless and completely lacking a hop profile. Too syrupy to enjoy, and the hint of smoke was the best part. I have three more bottles, and will age those to see if this thing just wasnít ready yet and then re-rate. The complete lack of a head worries me, as this is basically a super-fresh barleywine. A ten year old Bellís Batch 6000 that I was lucky enough to get a 2 oz. sample of had more life to it than this.