Emeister84 (1642) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vanilla, toffee, and subtle blackberry on the nose. Ruby with eggnog-colored, sticky head, moderate retention. Sweet, strong, and bitter, with flavors of berries, purple grapes, and chickory. Full bodied, low-moderate carbonation, and a long lightly sweet, strong finish.
koleminer20 (1259) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. 07/26. The pour is a muddy ruby brown pour with a thinner off white ring of head and no real lace. The aroma is good. There is a lot of caramel and malts with a strong dark fruit and a decent underlying dank hoppiness. A light cherry hangs around the end of the nose. The the flavor is not that great. There is a little metallic tendency here. Dark fruits and a strong sugar. The dank hoppiness takes over half way through and dominates out the back. The mouth feel is lighter than it looks with a pretty light soft carbonation. The aftertaste is lightly hoppy and sugary, which is a little off putting. Could've been so much better.
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slowrunner77 (7485) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
figgy malty and spiced aroma and flavor. warming while showing little heat. not incredibly complex, but very very satisfying. it’s billed as an English barleywine, and I enjoyed the lack of hops in this one.
bierenjoyer1 (81) - Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At first I thought it smelled like a cola vs an 11.2% barley wine. The look was pretty much spot on. The taste was a little flat without much to do other than the carbonation. There are hints of malt, a bit of heaviness but still thin on feel and flavor. This is not what I expected and I was looking forward to this since I traded for it due to its rating. I feel bummed. Oh well.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle (2013 vintage) into a tulip.
A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a one finger pale yellow shade. Not only is the retention good, but it leaves behind some nice rings of lacing.
S: The hops here seem to be more citrusy than piny. I even want to say they’re kind of berry-forward, suggesting this has Mosaic hops. Caramel and toffee malts are present, but thankfully are subdued. Actually, subdued is a good way to describe the general aroma; still decent, though.
T: Holy crap, where did all this blueberry flavor come from? And not the pure Fruity Pebbles you get in, say, Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat, but actual friggen’ blueberries. This note hits the palate immediately and I love it. There’s no way this isn’t brewed with Mosaic - as well as this brew shows off the berry notes, how can’t it be? It finishes with some more piny hop flavors, caramel, toffee, and a twinge of alcohol. Just an all-around excellent barleywine.
M: This is relatively light and crisp (for the style), yet still retains well-concealed alcohol. It’s not overly dry, either. It does an excellent job of covering up the 10%.
O: I admit, when Bitter Valentine let me down, it made me take pause over this offering. I was dead wrong: this is freaking fantastic. There’s just enough ’balance’ to display the berry-forward goodness without overpowering the palate. One of my favorite hoppy barleywines to date.
BREWMUSKCLES (2422) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very nice brew. beery and festive. boozy and bright. flavors morph well with a hint of caramel nut. it’s got everything going for it. finish is nice as it does not linger badly. bit of fruity syrup.
Ernesto987 (4866) - Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
this needed to get drank, it has gone everywhere. What a booze bomb, i think whenever one of these gets opened Walter Brimley gets a call and a box of liberty medical shows up at the door.
About the beer, pours like maple syrup and goes down hill from there, sweet bozze and aspirin like astringency. Ooops. At least its gone.
Reynolds314 (2916) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Blech. Pours amber brown with tan head. Aroma is massive sweet caramel, raisin, vegetable matter, and metal. Finish very sweet and touh to drink with very little hop presence.
GenDV138 (3762) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2014 Bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. Bottle dated 0511 - 2012. Pours a clear ruby/amber color with a finger of slightly light tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, burnt sugar. Tastes of floral hops, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toast. Medium body with a dry finish. Just a hint of booze. Aged pretty well.
bytemesis (4962) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 25, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
2012-037 Bottle. Pours clear burnt sienna, medium light burnt sienna head that dissipates fairly quickly with some lacing. Aroma is loads of caramel, toffee, a bit of orange zest, pine. Flavor follows, medium sweet, medium plus bitter, some cardboard, lots of pine. Fairly harsh finish, bitter bitter. Medium body, a bit creamy in the mouth. May have waited to long to try this one.
FernandoC (1) - - APR 17, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma cítrico e deliciosamente lupulado, com notas herbáceas presentes.
Corpo médio e com alta carbonatacao.
No sabor delicioso, além do lúpulo predominante, também sao perceptíveis ameixas e damascos. A acidez fica muito bem integrada.
Final médio e boa drinkability.
Achei uma Pale ale fantástica e vou virar freguês.