SSSteve (3930) - - 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 (3875) - 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 (3721) - 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.
AdamChandler (3521) - 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.
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.
Holmen1 (3409) - 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.
superspak (3327) - 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.
smith4498 (3234) - 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.
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 (3123) - 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.