Shot (222) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle. Pours reddish brown with a creamy head that dissipates to a half inch. Aromas are sweet malt, dried fruit and bourbon. Flavors are caramel, chocolate raisin, cinnamon toast and some nutty notes. Boozy finish with distinctive bourbon flavor and a nicely balanced hop presence. Big, creamy, chewy beer. Surprisingly light on the palate which gives it a deceptively lighter feel. But make no mistake, at 11% ABV, this is a heavy hitter. Overall, this is a very nice ale. This would be a good sipper for a cold night. Not as hoppy as many barleywines, but very well balanced.
DruncanVeasey (7551) - 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 (159) - 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 (853) - 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 (4) - 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 (529) - 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.
BelgianBeerGal (3334) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sample at the Craft Bar PCB. Bronze colored pour. Aroma was sweet syrup and caramel. The flavor starts with simple sugars, a touch of coconut and light bitterness in the finish. Good barley wine.
ansjelaah (1673) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with dutchdrebus and benzai. Red/brown color with a beige head. Smells and tastes sweet, fruity, alcohol, barley wine, caramel.
DutchDrebus (4599) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Dark amber to copper colour with a small white head. Smells very sweet, barley wine, alcohol, slightly raisins. Typical barleywine if you ask me. Tastes horribly sweet, baverois, barley wine, extra sweet apricot. Sick. Alcoholic. Full body, soft carbo.
chinchill (2777) - South Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle nicely dated with both the bottling date (30-Dec.-2014) and the BB date (Dec. 2019).
The beer pours with a clear red-brown body and a small head that quickly reduces to a ring.
Aroma: fruity, malty, boozy, oaky and inviting. There’s also a hint of vanilla.
Taste: More complex than the smell. Dark fruits, vanilla, faint wood, dark bread and a hint of pepper.
Mouthfeel: wonderfully smooth with minimal adverse effects of the 11.1% ABV. The beer is full bodied and lightly sticky with little carbonation.
Overall: an excellent and refined barleywine.
madvike (3072) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Pours murky dark brown with rosy highlights and a filmy off-white head. Nose is buttery, bready malt, caramel and butterscotch, sharp whiskey, and a bit of woodiness. Taste is better, with the mellow whiskey melding better with vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, light toasty oak, and doughy yeasty and bread malt. Finish is long, sweet, and warming, with more whiskey. Medium and slick, with medium carbonation.