hopscotch (9242) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(2012 vintage at CCBP) Draft... Brilliantly clear and new penny-copper with a mid-sized, creamy, white head that hangs around for the long haul. Fruity, malty nose - berries, citrus and rich, medium-roast malts. Full-bodied with a super silky mouthfeel and airy carbonation. Bittersweet flavor - citrus rind bitterness suppresses toffee and honey malt sweetness, but not by a wide margin. Tongue-numbing, bittersweet finish - more bitter than sweet.
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Pretty by the book american style barleywine. aggressive on the hops and the alcohol while still managing to showcase the malty backbone of caramel, toast, and slight fruitiness. It’s a nice BW, but at a price point significantly higher than old stock, old foghorn, or old guardian, it’s going to be a on timer."
tandembrauer (149) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours deep golden to amber with little head. Aroma of ripe fruits, esters, raisins, sherry. Bitter finish.
Holmen1 (2575) - 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.
ClubGonzo (4116) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep hazy orange-amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Nose is caramel, nougat, nuts, vanilla, deep malty tones, hints of red berries, toffee and bread. Taste is vanilla, booze, caramel, burnt sugar and hints of rum, white sugar and bread. Medium body and carbonation. Pretty nice American barley wine with no great surprises.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/21/04. On draft at Toronado Barley Wine Festival ’04 in San Francisco, CA 2/21/04. Pours a dark amber color with a thin, off-white head. Not much lacing, spotty. Light aroma, yeasty sort of like a Belgian. Flavor was mildly yeasty as well, not that hoppy with pale-amber malts. Very bubbly body, fizzy yet hot. Sort of creamy too. All over the tongue. Finish is bright and hot. A little too much. It’s kind of interesting, but I doubt it will get much better with age either.
motelpogo (6701) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle at perkeo’s gathering. decent barley wine. some prune and fig aromas, golden syrup sweetness with some vanilla essence and pear schnapps, quite full-bodied, perhaps a little sweeter in the finish than i would like but still quite good
egajdzis (5365) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a caramel color with a thin white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of port, lemons, raisins, and caramel malt. Taste of caramel malt, very sweet, some raisins, and lots of alcohol.
anders37 (16927) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Widmer Brothers Gasthaus, Portland, OR. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Sweetish malty aroma with with caramel, dark fruit and hops in the aroma aswell. Sweetish malty slightly vinious caramel flavor with hoppy grapefruit hints. Warming sweetish malty hoppy bitter finish with a long bitter aftertaste.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden brown with a creamy white head. Caramel and passion fruit aroma and taste with abitter bready finish.