Pailhead (4633) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Courtesy of JCW. Aroma of sweet citrus, toffee, light honey, and slight hints of banana bread. Pours a transparent amber with a small white ring for a head. Caramel and toffee up front. Slight hints of banana bread, honey, and candi sugar. A light bitterness is added in the finish. Sticky and syruppy mouthfeel.
dwyerpg (4508) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not all that much in the aroma for a barley wine. Maybe some honey, but not really molasses. I really love this style but as usual I just don’t think these guys make beer that’s all that great. This a low barley wine score for me.
thornecb (4311) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Tan medium length head recedes to hug rim. Dark caramel aromas. Sweet caramel upfront turning to mild earth in the still sweet finish.
nick76 (4180) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is very hoppy for the style making it like an India pale barley wine. It has pine and citrus with lots of caramel malt and vanilla. The appearance is amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma and quite bitter. Overall solid but not the best, just a wee bit to bitter for me.
boFNjackson (4107) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Barleywine & Big Beer Fest... [2009 Vintage] Poured amber/orange with a white head. Mild hops still on the nose with caramel malt sweetness. Pretty worty in the initial flavor. Lots of grain tones and sweetness that mixed with bread pudding and a tidbit of citrus fruit. Other dark fruits, caramel-toffee and toasted malt with a mild hoppy balance still lingering in the back.
onceblind (3965) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
At Big Beers, Belgians, & Barleywines Fest 2013. Clear orange copper with a sticky aroma of caramalts and grapefruit pulp...by aroma alone I would have guessed this to be a DIPA. Flavor is smooth and sweet with toffee and caramel malts dominating, along with some sticky grapefruit and piney hops. Strong bitterness tempered by strong sweetness.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 2, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2005 750mL bottle, not sure the date, but it is a one-off produced for the annual employee meeting some year ago. Generously opened by Eyedrinkale on 8/27/2005. Pours a dark copper-orange with some rich beige-caramel and light auburn tinges. Head is small but sustained, being light beige in color. Thick beer, with enough there to provide some light lacing, and a lightly hazy color. Aroma of pine and resin, thick juicy hops, very bitter but with a strong bracing of rich caramel and toffee. Flavor is very straightforward. Caramel, thick and rich, but quite dry, overall. I found it to be lightly astringent on the end, with a huge hops bitterness and alcohol fuel dryness. Even a bit of breadiness in there from the malts. Strong, assertive and just too forceful for my liking. These are the kind of beers I hate, though I can respect that at least the beer is brewed with a ton of body/malt. Thick and coating with a good mouthfeel, sticky and sweet at times, low carbonation. Too much acid/alcohol grows on the palate as the glass gets lower and it just burns without much redeeming interest gained from the simple, very one-dimensional caramel flavors. Surely not my cup of tea.
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Bevmo Valencia (Old Embalmer ’12). Nose is floral, some toffee, with hints of bubblegum and pine. Clear golden amber with a big cream colored head. Flavor is light bitterness, contrasting light sweetness, and a smattering of pine, alcohol, and peppery accents.
ben4321 (3800) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Whole Foods Bowery, 3/15/13
Aroma: The nose has a nice hop presence, some floral/earth, pine, wood, and caramel/toffee notes as well
Appearance: This one pours a mostly clear golden color with a smallish head and light lace
Flavor: The is fairly heavy malt flavored as well as fairly bitter with a bit of boozy flavor to it also
Palate: This one has a fairly full body, creamy and thick, medium heat, and a somewhat dry finish
Solid stuff overall. Fairly big across the board with lots of malt flavors, hop flavors, and some booze. Pretty good stuff. Leans almost toward the DIPA direction.
jkwood04 (3793) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours copper/ruby with a lacy, light tan head. Aroma of a lot of citrusy hops, some caramel and toffee, and alcohol. Flavor the same, with not enough malts to cover up the alcohol. Average texture. The hoppiness is great, but the lack of malts to balance that and the alcohol takes away from this beer.