Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival.
Pours clear deep gold with copper core and nice off white head. The mild aroma has notes of dark fruitiness, some sweet malts and floral hops. The taste is very much to English barleywine style to me with rich chewy dark fruity esters coming from prunes, cherries and ripe plums. It slowly takes on sweet malts and a hint of caramelization. Nice brew that is right on the mark now.
douglas88 (7582) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Vinno Rosso thanks to Ray. Pours a mostly clear dark copper color with a medium white head. A big sweet nose with caramel and fruit, some heat. The flavor is really nice: malt forward, big strawberry, some toffee, caramel, very rich. A bit of heat which is fine. Very good. Reminds me of Uinta BW.
alexsdad06 (7415) - Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle shared by Tmoney99 in October 2012. Pours a clear reddish amber color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel, ripe fruits, a strange bubble gum note, some resiny hops, earthy, wood, pretty decent, alcohol is warming.
blipp (7342) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours amber with an off white head. Toffee malt, earthy and floral hops, and lighter fruity notes. Pretty good.
drowland (7112) - Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
9/21/12. On tap at Kickback’s. Clear red amber pour with a nice fluffy khaki head that sticks and laces plenty. Sweet dark fruit aroma with touches of alcohol, plenty of sugars, and citrusy hops. Dark fruits, must, and sugars in the flavor with hoppy bitterness and some citrus. Surprisingly not terrible.
after4ever (6913) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a crystal clear rubied medium amber with a dense and creamy tan head that sticks around, leaving deeply ringed sheets of lace. Big fresh pineapple and orange nose, very fragrantly tropical. Creamy thick body. Toast, caramel, oranges, and pineapple on the mid palate. Very pleasing to drink fresh as a DIPA. Not sure I see enough malt complexity in this to age as a BW, but they can put vintages on the label every year if they want.
gunnar (6909) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Pours clear dark golden with a small fast disappering white head. Aroma is malty,plums, earth and cellar. Taste is moderate sweet with a hoppy dry finish, spicy and minty, nice.
jredmond (6651) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from bottle at James’s November 2012 tasting courtesy of Blipp. Pours an amber body with off white lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, soft hop, grass, and fruit. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated with notes of fruity malt, light floral hops, very light bitter grapefruit, and light alcohol in the finish.
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Deep amber, copper hued, large frothy sandy head, fairly nice lacing. Somewhat of a green hoppy nose, malty, and alcohol. Seems slightly green. Very green up front, hoppy but not biting, malty, but not heavy. Seems like a light example, very young, without much complexity. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Somewhat of a bright and young Barley Wine, hoppy but not too bitter, malty but not too heavy, with a citrus peel and pith background. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Nothing real special about this one other than it hides the 10.2% ABV really well. I was thinking big English like Barley Wine, but what I got was pretty damn average. Piss!!!!
djd07 (6600) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a paperthin off white head that diminshes to nothing. The aroma is booze oak and fruit. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet malt and light booze, not much going on with this one.