pineypower (2528) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler, thanks to the crew at Dmac’s for bringing this one. Pours out dark brown with a small fading head, sweet/alcoholic nose. Taste is complex, alcohol content is well hidden. Sweet fruits, some chocolate and earthy notes in there also with a decent amount of hops. Interesting
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown/black body with a small tan head. The nose is toffee, dark fruit, pine and citrus. The flavor is sweet, moderately bitter with lots of caramel/toffee, resinous pine, light citrus, prunes and raisins. Full body is sticky with moderate carbonation.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap in Gettysburg. Poured very dark brown with small white head. Nose of fruit and sweet malt. Flavor was sweet with flavors of fruit, molasses, and finished with bittering hops. Nice and unexpected during my trip to PA.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Cameron St. brewpub. Pours very dark brown with lots of bubbles and beige head. The aroma is very malty with some chocolate and quite a bit of toast. The flavor is intense toffee and alcohol. Hints of chocolate, earth, and some woody and spicy hops float around, too. The finish is raisiny with some alcohol burn and pine. Tannic, fruity notes linger into the aftertaste.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
5oz draft at the Cameron Street location. They told me its against the law to bottle this because of the high alcohol content in PA. I would buy it. My co-workers asked if it was a stout by the dark cherry wood color and I replied no. This was a sweet rather Earthy coffee/biscuit-like beer which didn’t hide the alcohol well in its aftertaste. There was some woodiness along with a chewy sensation. Its almost as if the beer bursts open as it hits my tongue. A bit on the wet side though and it could use some more CO2.
cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Was served a 6 oz. glass at the brewery in Harrisburg, which seemed kind of small. Noteably dark for a barleywine, with a nice tan head and lacing. Very complex and earthy, and I think this would be perfect with a nice cigar.
3fourths (8219) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
5oz draft pour at Gettysburg brewery. Color is a dark garnet and burgundy, almost looks like there’s some swirling black colors inside as well. Very thin film of a head. The nose has almost a meaty bacon and smoked meat scent at first, and I think only at first, because after some more investigative sniffing, the meaty character disappears and is replaced by charred black cherries, dried, charred oak, smoked plums and other assorted dark fruits with some amount of burn or char... overall, it smells amazing. Highly hopped, highly bitter, but the bitterness plays well with the sweetness that resembles natural fruit sugar. Flavor is full of charred wood and smoke, dry, parched, bitter, aggressive, with chocolate covered cherries. Alcohol certainly there but not overpowering or strong. Reminds me a little bit of Old Crusty from the assertiveness, but I think this one is much better, much more balanced, though compared to BW in general balanced is probably not the best word. Overall, this barley wine is good, it would be great on cask I think... it’s nontraditional, it’s full of smoke and char and burnt things, and it’s damn delicious.
Sammy (8850) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On-tap at Hop Devil Grill. Very dark brown with lace. Good roast aroma. Good hops and citrus lemon worked. Very nice and smooth.Full mouthfeel with bagel dough, tabacco, toffee, molasses, roast malt sweet but not cloying. Complex and unique, a beer geek out-of-mug experience. Wow at 13% alcohol.
beastiefan2k (2500) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Hop Devil Grill poured into a small goblet. Black bodied with a medium head, which turns into a strong lacing. Aroma is at first pine hoppy and the follows with other sweet hop aromas. Taste is citrus hoppy but not enough behind that. A bit of alcoholic raison there as well. Alcohol burn left at the end. This is one of these too strong and too mediocre barleywine.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Hop Devil Grill: This stuff pours near black with a khaki ring for head. The aroma is striking. Thick, chocolatey, full of berry-like fruityness (raspberries). As it warms the hops become more evident, with a touch of maple. This is a rich Barley Wine. Great mouthfeel, thick and chewy. The flavor is huge, both chocolatey and fruity. There’s definitly berry notes of raspberries and elderberries. Dark rich roasty malts give off loads of stuff like tobacco, dark chocolate, roasted toffee, with a late coffee hint. Stuff has a boozey quality, but the alcohol is damn smooth. Toasty maple suggestions, with an evident hop dryness in the roasty finish that also has residual warming roastyness from the malt. A complex and outstanding Barley Wine.