rajendra82 (927) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The attractive auburn colored body was topped with a two finger thick foamy head, which took a few minutes to dissipate. The smell was very sweet like treacle, with some spice backing it up. The taste was very sweet, almost like diluted honey. There was some sour cherry flavor in the mid palette, with bitterness in the finish. The beer felt a little runny in the mouth compared to others in the style. This is not truly a classic barleywine, as it lacks a significant level of fruitiness, or the hop punch. It drinks more like a cross between a Belgian quadrupel and a barleywine, but weaker than both.
olio (5119) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle @ Hotel room, Las Vegas.
Pours clear dark copper color with small head. Aroma of caramel, hops, dark ripe fruits, plums, mild raisins and vanilla notes. Flavor of caramel, toffee, plums and sugar. Sweet sugary palate with a mild fruity sweet finish.
laiti (4781) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle @ hotel room, Las Vegas
Aroma is quite typical to a barley wine. It has sweet caramel, some malt and fruits. Flavour is malty with caramel, sweet fruits, hops and hints of gooseberry bush. Too sweet for me.
Sarpa (623) - FINLAND - JUL 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle @ Jockey Club, Las Vegas. clear dark amber. aroma of plums, dark fruits. malty, sweet, dark fruit flavor.
ration (1881) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
250712. Bottle at hotel in Las Vegas. Aroma hops, plums. Sweet ripe fruit in the taste. Full bodied. Not Bad.
Drake (7828) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber shared at the 18th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering. Pours a clear copper color with a thin head. Aroma of toffee, toasted malts and faint candied citrus. The taste is toffee, citrus and toasted malts. Full bodied, slight heat, slight astringency.
tia (848) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ 18th RG. Dark copper with dissipating head. Smells like toffee. Tastes sweet with a nice hop follow up. Slight disjointedness nineteen set and hop. Nice hop finish.
Butters (3653) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the at 18th Richmond gathering. Clear amber chestnut brown with ring of white head. Sweet and caramel and fruity. Distinct bitterness in the finish. Astringent also. Not bad. Not great.
Dorwart (2333) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice strong 1 inch thick head of fine, light tan bubbles. Strong malty aroma with caramel, mint, roasted grains and some fruit punch kind of like it likens to in the description. Color is a hazy dark brown. Nice smooth malts up front with lots more caramel, toffee, roasted grains and some tea leaves and herbal hops flavors late swallow. The large malt content balances out the bitterness nicely. Lingering herbal bitterness late finish that is a little bit dry and chalky. This brew says it was relesed in spring of 2011. First time seeing this was spring 2012. The hops appear to have diminished over the past year but still a very solid barleywine.
Mora2000 (5299) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is quite hoppy, with a lot of pine and orange citrus notes, as well as quite a bit of toffee and caramel malt. The flavor is similar, with the pine and orange citrus notes from the hops coming through nicely. There is also a little bit of sweetness from the caramel malt, and the bitterness is fairly low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.