brokensail (16222) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a great copper/burnt orange color with a finger’s worth of off-white head.
S: The nose is typical barleywine: good solid malt (caramel) base with toffee, bread, and brown sugar. A nice piney and slightly citrusy hop note to it as well.
T: Surprisingly bitter, much more like a west coast barleywine (ie. Bigfoot, Old Guardian) in that respect. A fair amount of oranges which goes quite well with the caramel, brown sugar, and toffee notes.
M: The body is medium, nothing out of the ordinary for the style, with a lively carbonation.
D: Plenty drinkable (as much as you can get for a barleywine), with good flavors. This is one I could enjoy fresh or probably with some age on it.
jtclockwork (15426) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a purplish burgundy in glass with little white head. Nose is fig, raisin and molasses. Taste is sweet fig, brown sugar and dark fruits. There is a nice dry bitterness to it.
mcberko (15404) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany), split with manuchampions, pours dark murky reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of toffee and mixed tropical dark dried fruits. Flavour is unsuspectingly peppery, with caramel / toffee, dark fruits and chocolate cake, finishing with a slighty hoppy and caramely finish. Robust palate, with a complex flavour profile that lasts and lasts. Most wonderful.
MiP (15378) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 9.3%. Caramelly aroma. Dark brown colour, small tan head. Very sweet flavour. Good hop burn, brown sugar, some alcohol. Good spicy note, I do not know what sort of spice, but quite nice.
bhensonb (14475) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Half Time. Pours essentially opaque ruddy brown with a 3/16th beige head. Definitely got that brown sugar barley wine aroma aspect, but there’s something more. Med body, little carbonation. It’s not so sticky as many, and there is something herby(mildly hoppy?) that reduces the sweetness. Gives a nice caramel coating to the mouth. Pretty nice stuff - but definitely not your common garden variety barley wine.
Tmoney99 (13891) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Hyde Park Wine.
Poured brown color with an average fizzy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, toffee, earthy and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration.
This is a standout complex beer.
Ratman197 (13870) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of toffee, tobacco, light carmel and light fruittiness. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, tobacco, earthiness, light carmnel and a hint of fruittiness with a smooth dry lingering tobacco finish.
argo0 (13580) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(10/18/07, 12oz bottle, thanks mj) Tan head atop murky brown body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pineapple, caramel, chocolate, some raisin. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, chocolate, some caramel, light plum. Low carbonation, medium-full body.
Scopey (13309) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to Leighton at THE Barley Wine Tasting, August 2012. It pours very dark brown, with a minimal tan head. The nose is juicy dark fruit: prune, raisin, plum, as well as light roastiness, caramel and chocolate. The taste is wood, earth, charcoal, bitter and milk chocolate, dark fruit, caramel and some meatiness, with a dry finish. Pretty boozy. Full body and fine carbonation. A solid barley wine, but nothing spectacular.
Lubiere (13183) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark reddish copper barley wine with a thick moka head. In aroma, nice pungeant and vinous old malt with light vanilla and oaken notes. In mouth, a smooth sweet burned malt with good British hops, treacle, oily and onctuous loads of bitterness, rich and complex. On tap at MacGregors, July 31 2010.