Scopey (5291) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Angís birthday tasting. It pours deep amber, with a thick white head. The nose is leather, wood, dust, fruit cake, gingerbread and cinnamon. The taste is gingerbread, leather, resin, wood, boozy fruit, raisin, currant, fig, nutmeg, cinnamon, toffee and alcohol warmth. Full body and low carbonation. Well balanced and tasty.
Leighton (9638) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 Bottle shared at The Craft Beer Co., London. Pours clear ruby with a foamy, white head - lovely. Big, sweet nose, juicy hops, toffee. Great flavor, tons of sugar balanced by strong bitterness of earth and pine. Full bodied with average carbonation. Warm finish, toffee in abundance, some caramel and toasty malts. Very tasty. Update: Bottle at the Kernel Christmas tasting 2011. Thanks to Seth. Lightly cloudy, golden-brown with a fine, cream head. Big dark malt sweet bread nose, some pine and resins aroma. Big sweet flavor, more pine and resin, also brown sugar, big malts, some caramel. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lightly warming finish, sticky hop resins, some toasty sugars. Pretty thick and drinkable. Slightly cummy. Very good. 4.2 (Rated the same as last time without checking, so this is definitely my score for the beer.)
TreborWhip (386) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours mahogany with thin tan head. Sweet, hoppy aroma. Initial flavor is sweet, like vanilla toffee, the fruitiness of pineapple and cherries, ending with pleasant hoppiness. LTD release #4, Spring 2011.
after4ever (5856) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a crystal clear medium brown with golden edges. Loose creamy head that goes away completely after a while. Big roasty caramel nose, showing raisins and toffee. Sticky body on the high side of medium, not super carbed. Toffee, caramel, raisins on the mid palate, mild resiny finish. Nice, balanced, harmonious, fairly well in line with everybody else in this space, nothing too original.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at Angís birthday tasting at the craft.
Massive thanks to Lisa for being such a legend and bringing this back for us. Hell, sheís just a legend all round. Deep dark amber colour with a well behaved off white head. Cheesy barley nose with plenty of prickly booze showing through and some good preserve fruit and candied sugar. A bit of nostril horn if ever Iíve known it. The flavour isnít quite as good as the sugar comes to the front a little too much. However, the candy floss hit it provides is certainly fun. Thereís a slight lick of card that does it no favours but if you dig deeper, everything that was enjoyable about the aroma is clear. Itís just a little over the top to be really special. Too fruity and sugary. Whatever. Hop of the moment in a barley wine? I should fuckin coco. Cheers Lisa.
harrisoni (12484) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2011 Bottle on Angs birthday. Toasty really more than anything else. Some toffee fruit some heat on finish. Its ok if a bit one dimensional. Finish grows. Yes a touch of toffee-ied fruit but just too toasty.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle marked March 14, 2011. Pours with a clear bronze to brown head body and a small off-white to tan head. Decent lace, a bit subpar on the retention. Aromas of over ripened fruits, alcohol and brandy. Tons of esters. Light tropical fruit aroma. Really sticky, caramel malt profile thatís a bit too sweet smelling for me. A bit of a bready or biscuity malt profile too. Burnt flan. Decently bitter overall, light oxidation already (papery). A bit astringent and dry in the finish that leads to an even more bitter perception. A nice tropical fruit hoppy note, but that is the only saving grace of this beer. Burnt caramel/flan. Sweet, sugary. Not super pleasant.
Syrupy mouthfeel, light bubbles.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a clear deep mahogany color with a 3/4 finger thick light tan head. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, esters, and light spice. Flavor is much of the same. The hops and esters linger in the finish. Medium to full body. A very nice BW.
thornecb (4107) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear, dark orange-tinged amber, Off-white head quickly recedes to mottle surface. Sweet caramel aromas. Sweet caramel and hot resin upfront turning to a last pine finish.
marcus (5887) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Beer Revolution. Pors cloudy copper with a modest off-white head and a fruity aroma. There is a dry bitter toffee flavor with a burnt candi sugar finish.This is certainly not a typical barleywine as it has very little sweetness, but there is an interesting blend of tastes.