GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Crawford, poured into a snifter.
Pours a deep murky caramel brown with a short-lived off-white head that receded to a collar and leaves spotty lacing.
The aroma is fantastic and has tons of caramel, toffee, raisins and hints of booze. There is also some earthy tones and maybe some wood as well.
The taste is just as good, if not better. The backbone is sugary sweet with brown sugar and lots of caramel malts. The dark fruits come out in the middle before the earthy tones come back in the finish. The alcohol is present just enough to leave a little burn going down but not distracting in any way.
The mouthfeel is super smooth and dessert-like. Itís got a minimal soft carbonation that helps lend this one to sipping.
Despite it being a sipper, I found myself getting through this bottle way too fast. A great barleywine.
daknole (10281) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Damn good barleywine here!! I must meet Crawford! Cloudy brown pour, light tan head. Aroma is damn fine! Caramel, raisins, oak, prunes, brown sugar and even a touch of maple syrup. Flavor? HELL YEAH! Sweet but not cloying. Toffee, caramel,woody notes, port wine, raisins. Good stuff. No, DAMN good stuff!
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade. Poured a deep amberish/orangish/brownish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, nutty, dark fruits, and a little woody and earthy. Tastes of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, lighter citrus, and lighter woodiness. Sweeter. Light to medium alcohol burn in the finish, but overall well hidden.
craftbeerdesign (2249) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample on Nov 6, 2008. caramel, bitter and wonderfully balanced. a bit soft on the palate. spicy finish... nice.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of daknole. Pours brown with a white head. Smells of oak, sweet malt, resiny, maple. Tastes of chewy malt, dry, citrussy. Nice thick mouthfeel with a bitterness on the finish that is prevelant but not overdone. A rare hoppy American barleywine I enjoyed.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber from GAManiac--thanks Grant! Forgot I had this fool. Clear copper orange with a small beige head, fading to a thin ring a sparse film. I havenít had this beer than long, but it has a fair amount more oxidation than Iíd expected--luckily it doesnít just have the wet paper oxidation--thereís some sherry notes, too. Lots of toffee, raisins, and brown sugar notes along with some backing leather. Flavor continues with the oxidation, not being quite so pleasant with a little bit of earth and nuts. Iím getting a little bit of prunes as well. The finish is dry with a little bit of alcohol burn (pretty light), and a little bit roasty with bitterness at a 2-3. Low smooth carbonation with a full body. Wouldíve been pretty good, if not for the large amount of oxidation.
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hand bottle... This beer rocks!... Cloudy caramel-colored ale with a ruby/orange tint and a small, fat-bubbled, off-white head. The aroma is a malty, robust swirl of pear, wood, caramel, red wine, brown sugar, cinnamon, roasted nuts and a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied and fatty with soft carbonation. Sweet, gooey, caramel flavor. Not cloying. No alcohol burn. Lengthy, sweet, caramel finish. Rare, fantastic, American made, English style barley wine. Hops have their place... and itís not in barley wine... one of only a couple styles that American brewers just donít get. This is barley wine; Hog Heaven, etc. are double IPAs. Big time thanks to kp for shipping this bottle my way!
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask. Pours a nice ruby red slight haze with a nice lasting thin head. Great fruity ester aroma- raisin, plum, and slight apple, tons of big malts, caramel and toffee with light earth and tobacco. Slight phenolic bubblegum hint in flavor- smooth syrupy caramel malts, hints of maple, and molasses, with more toffee smoothness. Great mouthfeel and ridiculously smooth.
Oakes (13539) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purplish-brown. Hazy. No so much head. The aroma is heady - with grapes and prunes and other dark, fruity things. Rich, chewy piloncillo sugars, dark fruits, a touch of yeast and a touch of oxidation that tells me itís starting to get long in the tooth. A rounded, though slightly hot, barley wine.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich burgundy hue, pretty flat with mud at the bottom. Oxidation apparent in aroma. Loads of fruity character in the nose, metallic from oxidation, raspberry and blueberry too. Nice low carbonation and smooth body. Really nice one! Tannins, a tannin astringent finish. Whisky, chocolate really comes out in mid-palate and finish. Chocolate, berry and tobacco, fun stuff.