BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 Bottle shared by lb4lb at his tasting. Poured a murky, light brown caramel color with a thin beige head that diminished to a ring. Aroma of sweet, lightly metallic caramel and some moderate citrus and brown sugar. Light, sweet malt entry with some caramel and a metallic hint leading into a light hop presence with some citrus that finishes slightly dry. Smooth, but a bit thin. Perhaps it is just past its prime, but it just wasn’t that great.
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at my farewell to NY party at Blind Tiger. Pours auburn. The aroma is 100% butterscotch. Nauseatingly so. Flavor has some coconut but again massive butterscotch. Off-the-charts diabetes readings here. Fairly one-dimensional and cloying.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 26, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle. Pours a very ugly dark brownish color with a creamy off white head. Murky and dark. Nose is piney hops with some caramel malt notes. Palate is velvety with a clean finish. Flavor is piney hops with some caramel sweetness, some dates and raisins. I was fairly unimpressed by this and found it to be a little over done.
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, big thanks to mj for this one. pours dark brownish-ruby color with small off white head. nose is extremely fruity, mainly passion fruit, but banana, mango as well. flavor is red and dark fruits, some caramel malts, but a stale grainy flavor in there too. i don’t like the way these flavors are melding at all. more of a messy fruity hop nose with a weak boring malt base. alcohol is hidden well. light body. the hop and malt flavors aren’t doing it for me and it’s hard for me to understand the high ratings for this one.
SudsMcDuff (8271) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Maybe it was the surroundings and the other brews i had before this, but i just didn’t get this beer- even surprised to see here, its a barleywine .. . some rum, toffee, and spice all blended up and hatched out of a sick chicken .. . Troegs can do better .. . word
LetsGoState (866) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance is a medium cream head with a deep amber. Aroma is a little sweet. Taste is strong with a balance between the sweeter malts and bitter hops. Overall pretty solid.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Thanks, Matt. Rich caramel colored body, semi-clear with a quickly fading khaki head. Aroma of toasted toffee coated prunes, caramel, & some mild papery oxidation. Flavor has the same unfortunate oxidation, a little cardboard here & there, but it actually subsides a bit with some time/warmth. Slightly metallic & sweet caramel notes, toffee, toast, with more earthy & ashy hops towards the finish, along with ripe prunes & dates.
weihenweizen (3489) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Refrigerated bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a clear reddish amber with big dense beige head that stays a good while. Aroma is piney hops, very little carbonation, a little lacing, and thin body. Taste is light dark malt and finishes with a harsh bitterness. Ok for a barleywine.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Murky, chocolate brown color that looks downright awful. This looks like there is a bit of foam sitting atop a bristol 7 diarrhea. I hope things get better from here, as this may be one of the worst looking beers I have seen. Seems to be a pretty hop-forward barleywine. Seems like a combination of toffee, lemon pinesol, and caramel. It’s pretty rough on the nose. Flavor is pretty gross. Raisins, dust, some orange, and caramel. Light to medium body, with a slightly bitter finish. This is just a big miss for me. I had read many great things about this beer, but it just was not enjoyable. I felt the same way after drinking the first bottle I had, too.
cheap (5637) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2012
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2012 Initially, did not think of this as a BW. Been wanting to try this bullshit for a while. I think I couldn’t bring myself to pay the extra cash for this one. On tap athe bocktown monaca, nice place. Muted IPA aroma. Brownish yet clear. Nice lacing fer sure. Weird floral perfumy thing developing on the taste buds. A piercing bitter thing strats happenen in the back of the throat, not dull, sharp and pointed. Not thinking much about this brew. Distracting like a loud MP player in the back of a classroom. This ipa thing, without being an ipa is causing me great discomfort. Hey, now I see its a barelywine, heheh; yes it does hide its 10% rather well. Back of throat rude funny hicky poaking the point of an artificial hop in there. I am however, surprized to find some fizz in this BW; makes it more like a strong american ale. How can this be in the same cat as harvey’s? hehheh