jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2006 Rating #1 Tap @ 2004 Toronado Barley Wine Festival (6 3 8 3 17). Deep amber color. The alcohol is ever present in the aroma. Not at all sweet but it was smooth and fruity (cherry). Rating #2 Tap @ Toronado 2005 barley wine festival (6 3 6 3 15). A golden amber color with a laced off-white head. Smooth with caramel sweetness.
superspak (2416) - Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter; 2012 vintage, bottled 7/19/2012. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, toffee, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, floral, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, floral, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a great hop/malt flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barleywine style. All around great balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Dorwart (2359) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 vintage. Thin off-white head of fine bubbles with light carbonation. Sweet malts in the aroma with some caramel, buttescotch, a hint of orange and some vegetal aromas. Color is a dark copper. Body is a bit thin and watery with some sweet tarts, candi sugar, light caramel, toasted malts and some more butterscotch. Sort of a hot brew too with a big warming and burn on the gums. Finishes sweet and hot but quite tasty. A prett ygood barleywine but would probably be better with a few months unders its belt.
AdamJackson (2344) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Piney hope bitterness a malty caramel nose as well. very clean overall. taste is quiet nice. clean and balanced malt profile resinous at the finish.
ABUSEDGOAT (2323) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
English style! Hazy darker amber color, moderate head, good lace/retention. Malt dominated aroma - syrupy thick caramel, some toffee, lightly floral hops. Full bodied, sweet, pretty nice.
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Baie sterk. Draught, poured medium brown with medium head, little lacing. Barley aroma, almost overpowering with pine and fruit. Full malt flavour, caramel, and sweetness. Lasting sweet finish. This was pleasant, but I’d only want one at a time.
StefanSD (2072) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle dated 19 July 2012. Pours a nice looking reddish copper color with a small white head that has poor retention and soon fades to a splotchy film. The aroma is strong with apricots, sherry, toffee and floral-ish hops. The taste is malts forward with caramel, toffee, sherry, bitter cedar, and some mixed apricots and mangoes. The palate was just a bit thinner than I would prefer(but it seemed to work) and the carbonation was soft. Finished a tad short . Overall: Very tasty barley wine.
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a clear amber with a small dirty white head, and nice clingy lacing.
smell is of toast, barley, malt, molasses, and a little floral.
taste is thick, malt, some caramel, a few hops, barley, and a touch of corn. ends a little dry and a little bitter. thins out as it warms up.
puboflyons (2048) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 650 ml. bottle dated July 19, 2012. Almost two years old. I opened this as my 2014 Easter beer. The pour is deep mahogany amber and reddish hue with a lasting off-white head. The aroma is full of barley malts, dark fruit-like characters, molasses, and sweetness. It still smells like it has some of its 10.2% ABV punch after two years. The body is medium and relatively smooth. The taste goes right to my head in no time with its sweet barley malt character and modest bitterness at the end. After two years the alcohol is not entirely integrated but it is also unoffensive.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of JCW. Transparent maber with minimal off white head, fades to a ring of film rather quickly. Great lacing. Sweet caramel malt up front with roasted grains and alcohol in the nose. Flavor is very sweet. All caramel and toffee up front, fades to a bready/cardboard middle with a huge alcohol kick in thw finish. Sticky-oily mouthfeel. Very nice brew would be alot better if the alcohol wasn’t so prominent. Big thanks to John for the rarity!!