argo0 (14025) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
341ml bottle, shared. Crystal clear body with minimal white head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, orange, some alcohol, grape. Taste is sweet, caramel, some plum/raisin, light vinous. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation.
Travlr (23631) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of Lenny at the DC local tasting. Dark copper color. Aroma of licorice. Taste has malt, caramel, and a slightly bitter finish. Pretty unremarkable.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBWG 2010- shared by goldtwins. Pours a medium amber and thin head. Fruity aroma, caramel toffee, sweet oxidation, sharp crystal, smoke, porky, meaty, soy with hairy dog and honey sweetness- a bit of funk and a bit off. Flavor is meaty, smoked ham, a touch woody, more earthy wet dog hair, sweet tea, earth, honey molasses and brown sugar- medicinal and bandaid as it warms unfortunately.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 20, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma smells a bit rotten. Smoke and some sweetness. Flavor is smoke and burnt caramel.
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 mL bottle from Jovi in Gatineau. Bottled October ’09. (Love the warning: "May contain traces of smoked herring!") Almost clear amber orange in colour with a small, sticky, orange-beige head. Not your typical Barley Wine aroma - it smells malty, but it’s more one dimensional cereal malty, and there is no suggestion of malt or alcohol. Or smoke. The flavour is more interesting, however. The smoke is there, as is some significant alcohol. I’m probably just imagining the herring. The body is a little thin, though, for the style, and the malt is still pretty one dimensional. Still no hops. Maybe some age would help this one.
drowland (8477) - Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Shared during RBWG 2010. The pour is a pretty red. The aroma is big sweet and some meat. The flavor is similar but very plastic and medicinal. Oh boy.
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Date: March 11, 2010
Appearance: clear dark amber, wispy beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, touch of fruityness, light smokey earthyness, touch of fusel alcohol
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, light bitterness, lingering smokeyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle pours dark red with a thin white head. Smells like band-aids. Flavor is smoke from the front to back with lots of alcohol and little sweetness.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a mahogany body with an off white head. Smoked malt peaty with some dark malt tones dried fruit. A Bit sweet and a hint of salt amongst the fruit warming. A nice smokey barely wine.
blankboy (7598) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle [341ml] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a clear copper-gold with a large fluffy white head. Aroma of grain (a grainy Barley Wine?), that Quebec yeast, some smoke, fruit and some sugary sweetness. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, light smoke, some spice and dark fruit. Average bodied. Disappointing but ultimately and O.K. beer.