smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Starts with a large, upwardly cascading head. Slow to dissipate. Leaves plentiful, chunky lace. The liquid is amber and clear.
Nice smell of warming alcohol and pale malts. A touch of honey in the background. Some grapefruit (hop) notes in the background.
Rich and nearly cloyingly sweet. There is enough bittering hop to bring balance to the taste. The alcohol is ever present. The swallow is an interesting blend of spicy hop and sweet unfermented malt. The aftertaste lasts a long time. I don’t taste any buttery flavors from the oak.
I think this is one of the better Barley Wines.
pras (597) - Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I have had this bottle for a while and was afraid to break it out. Perhaps it would have done better sitting for a while. This was a bit harsh. Aroma is of alcohol and malt. Nothing distinct, very muddy. Flavor is booze and malt, sweetness, did not match well with chocolate as one wold expect.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
1.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Batch No.1 (Oct, 2011?)
A: Light amber with three fingers of whipped whites which falls slowly to a quilt of the same. Excellent clarity and near cobweb lace.
S: Vanilla, caramel, oak, plastic, nice hints of grapefruit and honeydew melon. Interesting nose.
T: Sweet as fuck. Wow, for such a fresh BW, this is one sugary beast, and the yeast is reminiscent of a dunkelweiss yeast. Sweet and has a ton of cereal (corn pop) flavors for me.
M: Almost too thin and flat for satisfaction. Body like a pils that’s been sitting for too long...
O: Not a very good attempt IMO at a fresh BW. Needs some hops for a blonde/american BW.
Serving type: bottle
bluejacket74 (1984) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle, Batch #1, from what I’ve read this bottle is about 2 years old now. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an orange/amber color with an inch or so frothy off-white head that stayed around for a while. There’s also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like oak, citrusy hops (pineapple, grapefruit, mango), bready and caramel malt, and some floralness. It tastes like caramel, oak, pineapple, mango, coconut, vanilla, toffee, and some earthiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s creamy and slick with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, it’s one that I thought was better and better the longer I drank it. It’s definitely worth trying if you come across it. I’d like to try a fresher bottle of this in the future, but it does age well!
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange under a bread-white head that clings stubbornly to the sides of my glass. Swirls with a few splashes of lace while retaining a full thick head.
Boozed spiced oaked peaches, apricots, kumquats, aloe, plantains, and guava. Cumin, ginger root, and grains of paradise are sprinkled throughout. Yeasty sourdough bread – kneaded and risen but not yet baked. Greenness in the back of plantain skins and dried herbs. White pepper and oak.
While the nose was spicy, dry, and mildly sweet, the palate is another story – sweet, sticky, and borderline cloying. Like biting into yeasty sourdough bread risen but not baked (just like the nose) and drizzled with raw honey fresh from the honeycomb. Intense flavor and intense undercurrent of spicy heat. More spice along with oak on the sides. Green aloe plant and cactus in the back of each swallow. Apricots and kumquats on top.
An intense and hot brew that could very well do with some ageing to smooth out the rough edges. Also, as much as I enjoyed the individual flavors, they never quite meshed harmoniously.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled in a bomber. A nice brew with a crisp hoppy palate. A good balance of malts. Really smooth.
superspak (5410) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter; batch 1, bottled in Fall 2011. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, tangerine, mango, orange zest, pineapple, floral, light pine, clove, oak, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, biscuit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, orange zest, floral, light pine, clove, oak, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, biscuit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, orange zest, oak, clove, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops notes with malts; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a fairly creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barelywine! All around great balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Radek Kliber (7301) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Where and how: bottle 660 ml @ tasting
Aroma creamy, slightly alcoholic, hinted vanilla , strong barrel feel. Sweet malts.
Top: mid-sized creamy off-white top.
Base: slightly hazy amber gold.
Palate : decent drinkability, with average carbonation. Medium bodied. Average finish.
Taste: medium intense. Malty with caramel base, barrel feel as in aroma. Noted alcohol heat.
Other notes felt bit simplistic.
blankboy (7637) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My bottle [660ml] shared with jercraigs, mabel & Radek. Batch No. 2. Pours a clear deep golden-orange with an average size frothy off-white head. Some lacing on the glass. Lovely herbal aroma along with caramel malt, vanilla, oak, honey and alcohol. Flavour is fruity and lightly sugary sweet along with light grassy hops and alcohol. Moderate bitter finish. Medium bodied. Surprisingly good.
jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013-08-23. Crisp dark yellow body with a small beige head. 3+ Aroma is a bit boozy with notes of oaky vanilla, caramel malt whispers. Flavour is moderately bitter, pale malt core, finish is bitter and fairly alcohol. Average plus bodied palate, modest carbonation. Okay. Bottle, Batch #2, shared by Blankboy.