Kevin (2194) - Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Hazed murky red brown body with a soft carbonation. Booze nose with some pineapple and toffee. Christwagons this is smooth. Raisin and plum notes with a mild tobacco flavor. Lingering chocolate covered cherry and booze in the end.
djd07 (13169) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is strong roast, toffee, vanilla. Medium mouth, sweet roast, dark fruit, candy sugar, vanilla, light booze finish, really enjoyed this one.
Theydon_Bois (18196) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBWG ’15 Grand Tasting @ Coppertail, thanks to whomever shared this one, 21/02/15.
Rich amber with a moderate beige covering.
Nose is rich fruitcake, spice, toffee, dates.
Taste comprises light barrel, caramel, fruit cake, toffee, dates, sweet licks.
Full bodied, oily feel, light warming alcohol in the close.
Ok barley wine.
dmac (5905) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz 2014 9.4% bottle. Poured a deep cloudy super dark blackish brown with a smaller piss foamy head. Aroma is vanilla, toffee, molassess, dried sugary dark fruits, barrel and a slight hint of Scotch. Medium to full body, soft to almost non carbonation and sort of a flat body. Flavor is nice but doesn’t live up to the aroma. Notes of butterscotch, toffee, molasses, dark fruits and scotch. Not digging the mouthfeel on this but it’s probably just me as I’m going through some shit right now and haven’t even eaten in 30 hours or so.
Leighton (19832) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared during the RBWG 2015 Grand Tasting. Pours clear amber with a foamy off-white head. Sugary sweet with lots of caramel, bready malts, toffee. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish, sticky, with lots of gooey ripe fruits and further caramel. Tasty though not especially nuanced.
rdixon77 (2508) - Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBWG. Clear brown pour. Big sweet, woody barley wine. Toffee, dark fruit, whiskey , caramel. Medium mouthfeel. Nice.
chinchill (4607) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle at RBWG-2015.
Pours very clear red-brown with a frothy head.
Excellent aroma. Plenty of toffee and burnt sugar in the nose.
Ferris (13810) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Nice caramel malts. Clear copper with a decent beige heads. Nice sweet caramel, cherry notes and a nice sweetness. Pretty nice.
mcberko (16012) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a cloudy mahogany with a small beige head. Nose is complex with notes of whiskey barrels, toffee, caramel, and dark fruits. Flavour is similar, with wood, whiskey, dark fruits, and toffee. Amazing coherence of flavours, with no hint of oxidation. Fantastic stuff.
HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Old Chicago on College. Appearance: finger of tan head, soil brown color, cloudy, good lacing. Aroma: raisin, earthy and musty, alcohol, oak-y, molasses. Palate: full body, oily texture, soft carbonation, alcohol warming on the finish. Taste: sweet raisin and molasses malt that carries and stays very earthy into an alcoholic taste and finish that balances the drink out. Overall, alcohol comes through quite a bit, but it helps with the balance. Really enjoyable beer in small amounts, 12 oz. pour was too much for me.