jbruner (2851) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy copper from the bottle with thin bubbly off-white head that dissipates to leave light lace. Aroma is big malty sweetness with a hint of some sweet citrus and banana. Taste follows with no real bitterness I was expecting from the hops. Pretty darn good, even though it’s a barley wine though, I would have liked to try it fresh.
bth122 (1325) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Torpedo bottle in a cardboard box. Pours a muddy mahogany color. With smaller head. Nice aroma of caramel, toffee, biscuit malt, some citrus and light fruit notes, hops, Belgium candy sugar. Light sweet, light bitter. Bold and heavy bodied. Some alcohol notes. Good malt/hop balance. A big bodied barley wine.
radagast83 (5417) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Mad Fox Brewing’s 3rd Annual Barleywine Festival. Poured a ruby-light brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma was some caramel malts, roasted notes, some fruity character- not sure about this one. Some yeast notes, sweet slightly-boozy alcohol notes, some dried fruits.
Iphonephan (4039) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the Mad Fox Barley Wine Festival, Falls Church VA. Pours a cloudy amber with an off white head. Muted hop aroma. Resiny flavor with with some sweet raisin and caramel notes. Bitter finish.
alobar (3010) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy caramel color with a soapy cream-colored head. Aroma of cherry,pineapple, and toffee. Flavor is mostly sweet with toffee, caramel, cherry, and pineapple notes. Very nice beer.
DialSquare (3248) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From an old note on my phone (no idea where I had it): big butterscotch aroma - straightforward sweetish barley - kinda flat - dark fruit - boozy - oxidized - wet paper - sugary, 6.2
argo0 (11955) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Small beige head atop lightly hazed red-dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pineapple, toffee, cherry, light vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, grapefruit, some cherry/strawberry, alcohol, orange. Smooth medium-full body, some stickiness.
bluejacket74 (1505) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle, bottled on March 14, 2011 (printed on label). Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark chestnut brown color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like candy sugar, dark fruit (raisins, figs, cherries), bready malt, caramel, and some citrusy hops and booze. It tastes like bready malt, candy sugar, dark fruit (figs, raisins), caramel, toffee and a little bit of candied oranges. However, I think it smells better than it tastes. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick but it’s also thin for a barleywine. Moderate carbonation. It’s a solid enough brew, but there are a lot of other barleywines I like better. With that being said, it’s worth trying.
tennisjoel (1208) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity aromas of cherry, dark fruit, and citrus hops. I think everything on this beer is decent until the finish, which has a medicinal quality. ABV is well hidden.
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a cloudy brown with a red tint, a thin khaki head that goes away, and some lace.
smell is of caramel, alcohol, malt, a touch of spice, and a somewhat woody.
taste is strong, roasted caramel, malt, some hops, and a touch of spice. ends a little thin and somewhat bitter.