Livid (49) - - JAN 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 vintage on draft served in a tulip. Deep red color, light head. Good lacing. Malty sweet alcohol aroma with a hint of florals. Smooth, full body. Assertive malt flavor with alcohol and a nice trailing hop finish. Flavors intensify as the beer warms. Wonderful barley wine
Austinista (11) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
caramel, roasty, coffee, chocolate, herbs, resin, earthy, leaves, dough, clove, licorice, soy sauce, amber, clear, minimal head, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, soft carbonation,
mikedR (1528) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Quite good. Strong barley wine flavor. No alcohol heat. And not boozy, which is a welcome change in this style.
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liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Widmer in Portland, OR. Nose has all of the maltiness, but only a bit of the floral hops. The hops show up in a bitter finish, but quickly disappear in the aftertaste. This beer is sweet all over, with notes of brown sugar, and the alcohol is masked pretty well. All told, a pretty standard Barley Wine offering.
Koskela (375) - Marysville, California, USA - DEC 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I het a sweet malty cranberry aroma from this hazy reddish brown brew with an off white head. The taste is very sweet with almost a brown sugary flavor and the of alcohol at the end. Suprisingly no burn with this 10.2. Very smooth. The after taste is fruity. This is a full bodied brew with good carb and worth a buy. For a barley wine it is exactly what i would expect. Pretty delicious
Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old Embalmer ’12, bottled 7/19/12. I’m tellin’ you, this Total Wine carries some old sh*t. I just bought it last week. But for once, an old beer on the shelf is a good thing. This has aged gracefully and is unbelievably smooth. This goes down devilishly delicious, without a high-alcohol burn, instead drinking like a finessed nightcap. (#5949, 3/27/2015)
SSSteve (3917) - - 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!
NikkTwist (1913) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Moriartys. Poured a clear dark copper with a large tight head. Golden raisins. Pinecones. Burnt orange peels. Vinyl. Peppercorns. Anbesol. Like a whiskey wine spiked with turpentine. Very nice palate. Good stuff, though definitely a sipper!
superspak (3220) - 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.
hman43 (511) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours a dark amber with a white head that produces a fair amount of lacing. It has aromas of dried fruits, plums, caramel, and bread malts. The initial flavors are a heavy plum flavor. There are also elements of vanilla, sweet dried fruits, and a not so bitter effect on the palate. There is a bit of higher than normal carbonation.