Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep medium amber; really nice lace patterns. Smooth, weighty and syrupy mouthfeel. HUGE caramel and toffee flavors throughout. Notes of molasses. Fairly mild hops (English slant), but they were nice (sweet grass; mildly bitter). Tasty beer, but the sweetness kind of weared on me.
AdamJackson (3426) - 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.
Holmen1 (3265) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fra flaske på Mandag i annen, Cardinal okt-14: kveldens siste, og en solid avslutning. Humlen som er brukt skal visstnok hete X-431. (?) Mørk gylden med storboblet kortvarig skum. Appelsin, rosin, alkohol og litt humle gjør (sammen med en lett syrlighet) Old Embalmer til en lett konsumerbar barley wine. Good beer in good company.
smith4498 (3222) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear copper color with light tan head. Molasses, pine and grapefruit aromas with some alcohol. Sweet molasses and toasted malt flavors with some citrus and pine. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. A decent hoppy American style barley wine.
superspak (3215) - 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.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Aroma is pretty straight forward caramel and toffee. Taste is sweet with nuts, caramel and malts. Nicely carbonated and tasty.
jandd1983 (3050) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle ’12. It poured a clear amber color with a white head. The aroma was of caramel, toffee and some hops. The taste was malt forward with hops, molasses, honey and brown sugar.
drjay44 (2889) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. bottle. Vintage 2012. Bottled 07/18/12. Pours a thick well retained ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear, amber (SRM 15) body.....nose is toffee/caramel, pine, citrus peel, licorice...... taste is sweet treacle, toffee/caramel, leading to pineapple, pine, with a moderate lingering bitterness......mouth feel light of medium, alcohol heat present and a bit raw, carbonation low. This is a light take on a Barley Wine and both the hops and malts were, apparently, used with a light hand. The mouth feel is very light for the style. Additionally both the aromas and flavors are rather simple.This does not taste bad, it just isn’t quite a Barley Wine. Perhaps with aging it will improve. BJCP 7/3/14/3/7
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Rating #82. Real good looking beer, dark red/brown with a bit of the red giving off a glow. Aroma is pretty much all soapy hops with a little pine. Nice flavor though, hops came through nicely, but it also had some toffee and dried fruit. Pretty tasty. (2613)
jake65 (2871) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Pours a copper orange with a dull glow. Modest ring of creamy beige head throughout the glass. Odd spots of lacing. Really bright and hoppy nose, potent in fact. Has an intense citrus, caramel malt, jet fuel vibe to it. Lots of life left in the hops after 18 months. Sharp florals, light citrus, and pine. Definitely packing heat at 10.2% and not shy about it... fits its moniker. The indication is this would age well and it reminds me of Old Boardhead, but with more emphasis on hops.