jzzbassman (1588) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deepest brown pour with a nice sticky toffee head. Caramel malt and sugary aroma. Boozy, fruity, and yeasty, not terribly clean but enjoyable.
thornecb (5686) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown into a snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes to coat surface leaving no lacing. Oak, chocolate and roasted caramel aromas. Sweet dark caramel upfront turning smoky and bitter in the lasting dark pumpernickel finish.
DocLock (10215) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2010 Re-rate, and I will re-rate again for the rubber review. I love the deep maple syrupy mahogany descriptor for this look, with 3 finger loud head. Nose is roasty malt, charred, molasses, hops, heavy oak, cognac, some vanilla, peat. Tastes rich, hoppy, somewhat hot, with charred dark malt, cognacy and peaty scotchy alcoholic malts, some molasses, and oaky notes.
adrian910ss (2570) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep maple mahogany color with a thick and creamt beige head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, toffee, chocolate syrup notes and hops. Taste of roasted malt, toffee, caramel, citrus, pine notes and hops. Very nice.
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 Bottle. Pours jet black with a big khaki head. Aroma of roasted malt, toffee, and hops. A big body with high carbonation lends itself quite well to a bitter, resinous hop profile. The taste super roasty with notes of coffee, toffee, bittersweet chocolate, booze, and grassy/piney hops. Quite interesting. Wouldnít necessarily consider this a barley wine because of the super roasted malt profile, but in this day with every style becoming a "black" something or other, this one is welcomed.
dmac (5840) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 MP cork and caged bottle from Cape May. Poured a very good looking super dark brown with a huge foamy beige head. Aroma of oranges, burnt malts, chocolate syrup, grapefruit rind, and alcohol. Great mouthfeel with a medium body and lively carbonation and only a slight trace of alcohol on the tail end of the aftertaste. Flavors of burnt malts, charcoal, grass, grapefruit. As interesting as this was all the usual caramel and toffee flavors were missing from this barleywine.
SandK (44) - Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep deep coffee flavor for me on this one...but it is surprisingly smooth and has a chocolaty aftertaste that invigorates your mouth. Interesting...
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with ruby highlights and a creamy tan head. Molasses cherry and chocolate aroma. Good creamy palate. Tastes of chocolate cherry roasted grain citrus and alcohol. Pretty good.
brokensail (16249) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The pour is a very dark brown color with about a fingerís worth of tan head on top.
S: Sweet dark malts, toffee, and slightly burnt sugar lead the nose. Some slightly piney hops along with an alcohol note.
T: The flavor is a bit harsh. The hops and burnt character of the malt give a very bitter feel right away. The alcohol is also noticeable, though this seems like less of a problem to me. The sweetness is there, with some toffee and caramel, but certainly overshadowed by the bitterness.
M: The body is excellent (quite full), with a smooth, low carbonation.
D: I hope this one improves as it ages. As it stands, this is not a beer I would drink fresh.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gorgeous black pour with a thick, tight, tan, frothy head. Aroma holds huge amounts of citrus, wet grass, roasted malt, chocolate, and a touch of molasses-- really nice on the nose. Flavor is an awesome hybridization of styles; big citrus hop profile is forward that has secondary earthy hop presence. This melts into a roasted malt character ala a stout, along with a touch of sweetness from the barleywine side. I would probably peg this as more of an ASA, but either way itís damn good. Mouthfeel is full bodied with great hop bitterness and well proportioned alcohol bite. Excellent brew.