Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 4, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This just didn’t work for me. Everything was there in a way: malts, hops, sweetness, etc. but this was very watered down - just came off too weak. Nose was faint at best. Taste was more like water than Barley Wine.
gopherfan99 (377) - CROATIA - APR 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour (Happy Gnome Beer Dinner) amber with a beige head, tastes of fruit, malt, and some caramel, with a some bitterness for a finish, okay barleywine.
eruizgarcia (191) - - DEC 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2013 On tap at the Gnome. Very intense malts and hops with a citrus background. Very boozy. A bit funky but very interesting and a decent sipping beer.
Shag (2585) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Looks like dirty dishwater with a cloudy brownish red color with little head. The aroma is faint citrus, caramel, leather, spices. It smells old but its not as its at a bar with a heavy rotation of taps and I think this arrived yesterday! Flavor is yeasty with some citrus and cardboard. Some brown sugar finish. Easily the worst barleywine I’ve had! Didnt finish 6 ounce sample bad.
bb (6797) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Amber beer with a dark cream head. Caramel aroma. Caramel flavor with light diacytel and light alcohol. Medium-plus bodied. Caramel and light alcohol lingers.
BVery (5997) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Blue Nile. Dirty orange to slightly amber pour wih a small soapy head. Nose is sweet and malty. Palate is a bit thin. Taste is malty, sweet cherry, and a bit of hop kick. Not bad.
joechristenson (146) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap at the Blue Nile. Pours a nice mahogany, mostly translucent, significant and dense white foam. Pronounced aroma featuring dried cherries, something floral, a bit of barnyard, and sturdy malts. Taste is less complex than the aroma suggested; mostly dried cherry, baked sweet bread malts, and some floral notes. Palate-wise this beer isn’t hefty enough to make it a "great" barleywine, but it stands out in its subtlety. Usually barleywines hit me straight over the head, which I tend to enjoy, but I appreciate Abita trying a different approach. The flavors all work together, but ultimately the novelty of subtlety wears off and I wish this were more beastly and less refined.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: February 10, 2012
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: hazy copper, frothy beige head, sticky lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, caramel sweetness, light earthyness, light bitter finish
Overall: a nice light and drinkable barley wine
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
crossovert (7023) - Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap. I wear it had a spicy and salty flavor. It is decently sweet. But overall a very nondescript barleywine.
hopscotch (8915) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft… Mostly clear dirty-orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. The bouquet features butterscotch, honey malt and maybe a touch of cotton candy. Medium to full-bodied with busy carbonation. The flavor leans just a hair toward the bitter side, but is well-balanced overall. Citrusy, rindy bitterness is furnished to offset loads of fruitcake, candied dates and cobbler. Lengthy, medium-bitter finish.