superspak (3076) - 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.
jandd1983 (2922) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle í12. 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.
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)
drjay44 (2831) - 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 isnít quite a Barley Wine. Perhaps with aging it will improve. BJCP 7/3/14/3/7
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Widmer brew pub. Pours very light orange almost more like a pale ale or ipa, not as cloudy as most barley wines. Aroma was sweet with a caramel aroma. Taste was sweet and smooth but not overly exciting. Decent brew but a bit less than i was expecting for 11 percent.
jake65 (2810) - 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.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG 2004, at the brewpub: Clear orange with a average offf-white head. Caramel, toffee and brown sugar in the aroma, starts sweet and ends a bit more sweet. Full bodied with lively carbonation.
pintbypint (2757) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml brown bottle. í12 vintage. Orange colour, light haze. Small thin, white cap and standard lacing. Caramel and toffee notes in the nose, light hops. Taste has sweet caramel and toffee malts, nut, brown sugar. Late hop bitterness and a little alcohol. Medium to full body. Pretty mild overall, but enjoyable, I would be happy to have this again.
dchmela (2740) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown with a thick creamy head. Big toffee, spicy hops and burnt caramel notes in aroma. Thick creamy body, big spicy hops and burnt caramel taste. Finishes with a creamy finish. Pretty good.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
02.19.05 Tap at Toronado BWF. Great name, lame brew. Misguided hop profile is obvious from the first sniff, plenty of interesting malty biscuit, fruit, toast smells but the hops jump from fruit to floral to grassy to oakey and never meld with malts. Itís all over the place, needs refinement -- or I do.