MrBeerFanatic (867) - Friona, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.99 bottle from cleveland ohio beer shop. Aged for around 6 months. Pours a medium amber with more of the red hues producing a light flakey/foamy head. Aromas of mellowed caramel, mellowed aged fruity/herbal/spicey hops, and hints of whiskey. Flavors are a mix of caramel and fruity/herbal hops upfront then into an alcoholic stage which comes medium strong through the nose. Theres just a light touch of honey there to. Medium sweet, highly bitter leaving a bitter finish and stain on the palate. Well rounded hop/malt balance yet the alcohol can make it a less pleasent experience. The bottle detail is great and I wonder if they will ever add a rating catagory for the bottle itself, as I would give this one a top rating.
Brentv (369) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Orenco Taphouse. Hazy dark brown pour with good head and lots of lacing. Aroma of raisins and plums and dark fruits with caramel and toasted malts. Same taste, some sweetness, little hops. Medium mouthfeel.
AdiBeer (1354) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: alcohol, prunes, caramel and bread malts. Appearance: clear, dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: heavy grain, prunes, overripe fruit, alcohol again. Overall: nice Barley Wine, great complexity in aroma and palate. Pint at AleSmith Brewing Company, San Diego.
slowrunner77 (5944) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"similar to Old Stock but hoppier...reallt toes the line between an english and an american barleywine. i like more of the american varieties, but this is is right there with OS as one of the best of the english. Hoppier aroma than others one this list. Very strong...i wasnít near the bottle when i got my first inviting whiff. flavor was big of carmely malt first, then hops...and lots of both. mouthfeel was full, even a touch syrupy. quite good. the only knock on this beer is that the alcohol was more evident than iíd like. I was expecting sheer greatness, seeing as how Speedway, Wee Heavy, IPA, and the Yulesmith are all at the top of their style...this one is close, but not quite there. Very good, though...and even at $10 + s/h per bottle, Iím glad i got two more. Alesmith rocks!!! ~Has gotten better over the years. Iíve had enough bottles and on tap to beleive this belongs in the uppermost tier of barleywines.
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle served in a snifter glass.
A: Pours a dark amber (almost chestnut) cloudy liquid forming a medium creamy, thin bubbled beige head. Medium retention and a lot of lingering and molasses lacings left in the glass
S: Delicious combination of caramel and sweet malts. Strong notes of wood and dark fruits. Citrus hops. Notes of orange, brown sugar and nuts. A bit booze in the end
T: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel malts and dark dry fruits. Notes of oak, brown sugar and orange. Citrus hops. Good bitterness kick in the end. In overall, a mild sweet beer with a light but significant bitter end. Balanced
M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Bittersweet malty aftertaste
O: Good drinkability. AleSmith quality. One of the best Barleywines Iíve ever had. Very tasty but not extremely sweet. Molasses but balanced. Recommended
[ BA Review @ 2/14/2014 ]
crazy_cat_lady (142) - - OCT 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sept. 9, 2014. Bottle from SF. Warm reddish brown with big light brown head. Aromas of bread, sweet honey, malts, caramel. Touch of hop bitterness, ilngering but still nice. Toasted almonds, toffee flavours. Finding Iím not super impressed with AleSmith beers so far.
outlawskies (961) - - OCT 12, 2014
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
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NeoHippie2 (1036) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby/brown pour with an off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar, a d some residual hops. Flavor is nice balance of malty sweetness with the hops peeking through in the finish. This was a 2013 bottle and it was tasty. Another year or two wouldíve probably been ideal for this. Still, very respectable.
Osprey87 (1797) - WALES - OCT 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, 2012 vintage bought in Jan 2013. Pours deep red, totally clear, lightly sparkling, big foamy off-white head endures and leaves thin lacing. Aroma is toffee, rosewater, rhubarb tart, some orange. Body is medium, slightly foamy, rich, low carbonation. Taste is smooth malt, toffee, plum, hoppy without being astringent, slightly alcoholic but not showing all 11%. Very nice.
tonyte123 (6) - - SEP 30, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fall weather is here and cracked this after not having one all summer. Forgot how good this beer is. Great color, slight head and fruity aroma. The 11% abv is hidden quite nicely in the long finish. Overall, very solid beer for the price.
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Hermod (3308) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Found no bbe on the bottle. Bought 2013. Mahogany colored, thick creamy lasting off white head. Very musty stuff, raisins, caramel, biscuits, hops, bread in aroma. Awesome. Soaked plums, hops, sweetness, malty Bready flavors. Long, long finish, layers of flavor here. Love it.