CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle: pours a clear deep mahogany with a spotty-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty caramel malty nose with some fresh piny hoppiness and a touch of light fruits. Starts with pretty good fullness and sweet caramel maltiness with nice balance of hoppy bitterness before a drier bittersweet finish that hides the alcohol well. A pretty true to style and enjoyable American-style barley wine.
zach8270 (3423) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draft @ Tap and Mallet - Rochester, NY) Dark brown pour with a thick and lasting tan head. Big fruit and hop aroma along with some mild malt notes. Flavor starts with a blast of sweet fruit followed immediately by a bitter and peppery hop flavor. Some light sweetness and fruity notes at the end with a bitter and lingering aftertaste.
jazz88 (2550) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A murky brown color with an off-white head. A well hopped dark fruit aroma with a nice rich full body of sweet caramel and fruits.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22 oz. bottle (stamped "03/14/11") from Damon’s) Pours dark ruby-brown amber with a small biege-like head. Aroma of fruity candy-sugar with underlying scents of chocolate and pine. Mouthfeel smooth, sticky. Light dabs of lacing and a light syrupy film. Tastes of candied fruit, sweet but not overly. Light chocolate sneaks into toward finish. Bitter snap in finish and bitter aftertaste. Mellow and warming. Small ABV apparency. Tasty but not too complex.
Ratman197 (9652) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of citrus, carmel, earthiness, pine and light tangerine. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, grapefruit, candy sugar, light pine and light earthiness with a smooth lingering bitter finish.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, caramel, hops, slight citrus, toasting, and a hint of pine. Poured copper/amber in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, rocky, off-white head that lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, slight citrus, slight pine, resin, toasting, light caramel, slight wood, and a hint of Earth. Medium body. Slick texture becomes lightly dry. Average carbonation. Malt, caramel, wood, resin finish is dry, lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. 9.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
storminorman (78) - Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice golden color. Has a little hoppy bitter smell. Tastes a littler bitter.
daknole (9042) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour, off white head. Aroma of brown sugar, some piney hops, light caramel, and fruitcake notes. Flavor is lightly sweet, finishes bitter, good caramel/toffee in the middle. Not bad at all.
thirdeye11 (5536) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bomber thanks to blutt59) clear amber with rich color, and a ring of fine tan bubbles. Nose of caramel, honey, hoppy, and pine. Taste of pine, rye, bitter grapefruit, and caramel. A bitter finish on this one. Wish the hops were toned down a bit.
drjay44 (2605) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, beige head, with some lacing, over a slightly hazy, copper amber (SRM 14) body.....nose is sweet malts with toffee/caramel tones, light hop spice....taste is light sweet toffee/caramel to start, leading to a harsh astringent tone, with a bit of pineapple, finishing with lingering mild unpleasant terpene bitterness....mouth feel light of medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation low. This is a light Barley Wine. Complexity is low and balance is toward the harsh chemical end of the hop spectrum. I wonder if the bottle was improperly stored, since the hops have lost all floral, citrus tones and it is only 6 months old. BJCP 6/3/11/4/6