boFNjackson (4188) - 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.
Bamsen78 (4182) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Post-Easter Procrastination, Ulfborg. Pours hazy darkish amber with small off-white head. Clear aroma of malt and fruit, with notes of hops, touches of yeast and caramel. Sweetish flavour of caramel malt, with notes of vanilla and barrel and touches of hops. Sweetish aftertaste with bitterish notes. Well-balanced and pleasant.
RobertDale (4115) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Comes a somewhat cloudy amber with a decent biege head. Aroma of malt, grain, and caramel. Taste is caramel, malt, grain, alcohol, fruit, and hops. Nice.
ClarkVV (4084) - 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.
joeneugs (3981) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the First St. Alehouse. It pours a dark reddish orange color with an off white head. The aroma is sweet with mixed berries, caramel and a little brown sugar. The flavor is the same with lots of fruity berries, a little mango, papaya, brown sugar and caramel. Sweet and fruity. Pretty thick on the palate as well. Kinda simple, but not bad.
Butters (3946) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Blue Christmas tasting 2012. Clearish amber copper pour with small tan head. Smells of sweet pine and vanilla, but not like oak aged, just plain vanilla. Sweet caramel and alcohol and pine on the on the flavor. Very boozy.
IrishBoy (3926) - 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.
SSSteve (3919) - - SEP 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. brewed 7/19/12 featuring bravo hops. a clear ruby beer with a stable, medium, cream colored head. big, sticky, resiny, light colored fruity hops lurking in there. fruity and estery flavors with a good hop balance. hops have a blend of floral and light colored fruits. malts are bold with moderate sweetness and faint ripe red apple tones. nicely balanced and drinkable for only being a few months old. not wickedly hopped like some west coaster BWs. tastes good!
PhillyCraft (3800) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, coompliments of Joe with some friends. Pours a light orange red shade with white small head and barely any lacing. Notes of pine, syrupy honey, cherry, sugar, citrus hops, vanilla, and burnt toast. Light bodied for a barleywine. Nothing too memorable from this beer. Just ok.
jsquire (3694) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
April 2004 bottle courtesy of JCW. Golden amber color with a thin off white head that left nice lace. Nose is of wet grains, burnt sugar and hair spray. Tastes include cereal grains, rich buttery caramel and some cardboard that I attribute to its age. Nice enough barley wine.