Emeister84 (1208) - 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.
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 (2313) - 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 (4069) - 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 (2479) - 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 (1993) - 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 (3680) - 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.
hkprochef (7) - - APR 17, 2014 does not count
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nice pour with a foamy head and amber cloudy body. The diminished quickly. Taste was crisp refreshing with a typical Heferweizen wheat and yeasty aftertaste. After continuous drinking the aromas switched slightly delivering a unique citrus-juniper note.
madvike (2970) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours deep amber with a ring of tan head. Real bold malt with light caramel sweetness and a bit of sharp booziness. Taste is sweet, malty, a bit of yeastiness. Real solid and warm on the finish. Medium and slick with medium carbonation.
Steve_0 (2901) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home with my wife. 2011 Vintage. Pour is murky brown with a small tan head and good lacing. Big toffee, caramel, sherry, dark fruity, figgy, woody, almost port like aroma. Taste is definitely more oxidized, raisins, cherries, fruity, brown sugar, caramel, bread, and orange peel with a lightly bitter finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. This one has definitely held up better than I thought.