Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2016 BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Burnt orange brew with a 1/2 inch tightly packed eggshell head that left without a trace. Aroma is caramel malt, faint hops, and maybe a little fruitiness. Flavor is, well, not very good. The alcohol is way too dominant...sugary sweet and cloying. Syrupy and dead on the palate. Yuck.
Bottle, aged sample. Clear copper color. Aroma is caramel malts, faint papery notes of oxidation. Flavor matches. Sort of light in body for the style, and still a bit hot despite the time in the bottle. Hurt by a bit of a papery note. This did not stand up well to aging, which is a bit of a disappointment in a barleywine, but it was just a bit too light for that treatment in my opinion. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
355mL. Clear amber, low carbonation with no head. Nose is maple, peanut brittle, toffee, mint, lemon iced tea. Taste is lemon, coffee, dusty, paper. Neutral sugar, tannic. Not my style. DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Awesome super strong barley wine thanks yo friends of GT2, caramel, intense Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Orange-amber with a white head. Aroma is brown sugar, caramel and pine. Flavor is brown sugar, maple, pine and a light amount of tartness. I also get some alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. IrishBoy (4211) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 23, 2012
12 oz bottle from bhensonb (maybe a 2004 since that is what he rated and because of the general characteristics of the beer?) Nose is light toffee, prunes, and an overall oxidized aroma. Murky lighter brown with a very slight bit of carbonation. Flavor is somewhat oxidized, toffee, and a bit of candi sugar. Body is somewhat watery. To be savored like a fine cognac?
Macegan75 (846) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
1999 Bottle from Kevin Wilk at CAH. pours flat with no head. nose is vanilla and sherry. first taste is caramel, sherry, and cider. finish smooth. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Rusty with the bottle. Brown pour. Sherry, light caramel, cardboard, infection. Flavor is sour and quite over the hill. JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
An average BW at best. To be fair I am not sure of the vintage I ran across, it is possible that it was an older vintage and this is a BW that doesn’t stand the test of time well. I didn’t find it to be particularly well balance. No boosiness, the odor seemed muted and a bit musty, malty, a touch of dark fruits on the nose. The color and carbonation were proper. I would like to give this brew another shot, if I knew what vintage I had so I could make a fairer assessment. I wouldn’t seek this beer out again, but if I were to run across it, it was reasonably priced and I would give it another try. Not a drain pour by any means, but the one I had was nothing special either. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle: 1999 vintage from brewandbbq. Intense deep caramel, minimal sudsy head, dies on the spot, no lacing. Pretty much what I expected. Strong musty caramel nose... oh, and HUGE oxidation. Surprisingly caramel sweet, brown sugar, very musty and basement like on the tongue. Despite the oxidation, its not half bad. Sweetness dies quickly. Not much body is left on this one. Lingering caramel sweetness, strong but dull in flavor. Otherwise strong and dank basement mustiness. Held up fairly well for 12 years despite the oxidation. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Bottle. Pours an amber toned body with an off whtie head. Herbal hopped body light pine, herbal, and a plant tone i’m unfamiliar with. Lighter fruit note s citrus and peach. A bit warming with tart finish. Odd ball.