mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown and thick with a creamy ecru head. Kinda chunky at the bottom. Wonderfully full aroma of sweet toffee, sherry, and raisons. Those notes follow onto the palate, quickly overtaken by a firm, pleasant bitterness. Big mouthfilling barley wine flavor coupled with enough hops to really shine without overpowering. I’m not getting a lot of the hop aroma that they’re talking about, which is good because Simcoe is always way too oniony for me. I love a tasty barley wine, this one adds a little nuance and doesn’t disappoint.
whiskeyrocks (90) - Lindenhurst, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not a barley wine ale drinker, but this was amazing. Slightly hoppy and barely sweet.
altonbrownd (5768) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4/13/2010 2:55:54 PM Bottle from Cracked Kettle. Nice amber body with sticky, fast-rising head. Malty, chocolate nose. Really prickly body with plenty of tar, dark oil and molasses. Quite strong and rich. Very enjoyable.
northropfrye (3289) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A gusher. Murky cloud iced tea amber body, white foamy head, some lacing. Strong, sharp almost malty, sweet grain and dried fruit aroma. Taste is sweet, nutty, and malty, with only the faintest hint of hops in the aftertaste. From the description, I assume this was supposed to be more bitter. Maybe the bottle wasn’t fresh. I also found the mouthfeel a touch too frothy, so maybe that was distracting from the bitterness, as well. I’m not sure. As is, it’s more like a regular barley wine, which is nice, but not the hoppy one as described.
JPDIPSO (5667) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear umber color with a taller, fairly lasting, deep ecru colored head. Lightly caramelized malt, figs, dates, banana peels and grapefruit pith in the aroma. Quite “zippy” in feel for a barleywine. Sweet malt flavor in the front. Lighter fruit follow, with some mixed berries. Bitterness kicks in mid-swallow along with the alcohol. I’m finding the finish, and especially the linger very hard to slog through. Very bitter and quite “harsh” (for lack of vernacular). While the next sip helps assuage the coarseness, I have a hard time relaxing with this one; which is not a good thing for a brew of this style. I pour the rest of the bottle, hoping the lees reduce the rough edges. Only a slight reduction of “harshness”. A promising start, but the follow through was far to abrasive. 2/10
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a thin white frothy head atop a toasted malt and boozy. Flavour is somewhat bitter from the hoppy front with a fig front. Okay.
PorterPounder (7404) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Beer Stop - 500 ml bottle - label looks like it was made in a middle school Graphic Arts Class. Murky, dark orange/amber pour, light off-white head that clings to the edge of the glass, very light lacing. Aroma has some orange marmalade accents, some cotton candy sweetness, a touch of booziness. Flavor is full bodied but not focused, some dates and raisins, brown sugar, baked brown bread, a touch of anise seed. Mouthfeel is thick and full. Decent.
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It was a while back when I tried this beer and made basic notes on my phone. I remember it being pretty good but over hopped. Bitter earth, higher alcohol burn than I’d have liked.
john-hansen (24) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of caramel, dark dried fruits, citrus and alcohol. The flavor is lots of sweet caramel malt and also a bit hop bitterness, very light alcohol burn. Medium to full body with mild carbonation and a thick, syrupy mouth feel. I like the big hop presence in this one, just wish the sweetness was toned down a bit.
slowrunner77 (10229) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
says barelywine right on the bottle, so I’m not sure why this is classed in the catch all strong ale category. It’s almost a classic barleywine. Malty, fruity, caramel, toffee...got the ruby tinge down. Then there’s the hops. A sh-- ton of simcoe. So much you can see them, though I’m willing to bet this had some age on it. interesting addition, adds complexity and some bitterness, citrus peel. Not sure if it’d have been better without the dry hopping or not, though. Good brew."
jahouse (14) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pear/red apple aromas. light, hazy copper color. strong sweet upfront, grapefruit finish. finish is bitter. good beer overall but not a barley wine as advertised.