mambossa (93) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to tulip, pours a murky burgundy with medium dissipating head, light retention. Nose of caramel, vanilla, nut, ripe fruit. Flavor displays a rich maple body with vanilla and light smokiness, alcohol burn a tad noticeable. Surprisingly drinkable, linger is not too strong, but no aspect gives it that uniqueness to really pop-out. Hits hard on the buzz level, flavor could use a little "umph". Still impressive in other aspects though.
nathan30533 (903) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just not my cup of brew. Real oak takes this barley wine by surprise. Try it yourself. Not for me.
Crispy34 (465) - Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Aroma is sweet barley wine and booze. Appearance is a red/brown with a cream colored head. Taste is boozy with a certain sweetness of malt to it. Palate is sweet. Overall, a good mash up of beer and the hard stuff. Would buy again.
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gueuze (616) - - JUN 3, 2015
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Braune Farbe, leicht trüb. Geruch nach Portwein, Pappe, höhere Alkohole. Im Geschmack süß, nicht bitter. Recht alkoholisch.
Tayeth (490) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUN 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Intensives Aroma nach Sirup und Beerenfrüchten, schwach nach Lösungsmittel. Geschmack ebenfalls sehr kräftig, allerdings merkt man auch den hohen Alkoholgehalt. Geht ein bisschen in die Richtung von Sherry.
DruncanVeasey (7634) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cheapie from Sussex Arms, Tickenham. Damn. Thought it was a stout. Stinky nose of bourbon and sherried booze, sticky morning after deposits in an emptied glass; huge custard of oak, nougat, Cola. Coke and barrel flavour; mellow warm, dried fruit, treacle, dates, caramel sauce, mad imbalance. The oak demolishes all else.
Deep murky ruby bottomed with bits beneath a fine beige mousse.
One dimensional, mildly narcotic nightcap. Just too much.
UrbanCaveman (167) - Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at ~40 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours a nearly opaque ruddy bronze-brown, and forms a thin head of off-white foam that quickly dies to a ring, and evaporates completely by halfway through the snifter. There is no lacing.
Smell: Boozy caramel malt suffused with raisin and cherry wells out of the glass, alongside a bready scent.
Taste: Caramel suffused with fruits, specifically cherry, fig, and date, opens the flavor palate. Breadiness joins in as it moves along the palate, and there’s more than a hint of boozy liquor along for the ride as well. Touches of oak appear, alongside a faint mix of spice and smoke, and very vaguely, vanilla. The finish leaves a vaguely boozy, vaguely medicinal residue clinging to the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Thick, rich, creamy, sticky, and silky-smooth.
Overall: Of late, I’ve been chased away from the world of barleywines by experiencing too many American barleywines that triggered my hop sensitivity, and had forgotten how much I enjoy a potent, complex English barleywine. This beer reminded me that I place a solid English barleywine up in my pantheon of beers alongside a good doppelbock, eisbock, wee heavy, and quad. Well done, Weyerbacher. Well done.
sudomorph (908) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky brown caramel with a thin head. Aroma had notes of whiskey, dark fruits, slightly tart fruits, oak, vanilla cream, and caramel/toffee. Taste is a balanced sweet with lots of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, and a bitter/sweet ending. Meduim-full body with a low carbonation. Mildly syrupy texture in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall well done. Whiskey barrel, dark fruits, caramel, and a very slight tart fruit.
Niilstrong (5) - Best, NETHERLANDS - MAY 12, 2015 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gedronken met Benzai, thanks!!!!! Doet me denken aan sterke drank. Zacht, veel alcohol.
DrunkSanta410 (606) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home thanks to Mac. Pours a reddish brown, little tan head. Aroma is caramel, fruit, toast, light cocoa, oak and vanilla. Taste is fruity, dates, vanilla and oak. Nice bourbon barrel notes on the finish. Lots of flavor. Whoa. Not my favorite style though. Some good flavors, but I still can’t seem to really enjoy barley wine.