Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
$3.99 single. Bottled 1/17/13. Poured 2/07/14 into the only clean glass I had, a shaker pint. Maybe it being a year past its bottling date was why this was $4 for a single? Who knows. My first ENGLISH Barleywine, though Iíve had a few American varieties.
Appearance: A really hazy, thick, brown and red color. Sort of almost like the color of the bottle itself. No head to really speak of, but a decent amount of lacing, and a ring of foam on top of the beer.
Smell: Oh, well... yeah. Big malty sweetness that youíd expect in an English barleywine. Dark fruits. Bunch of caramel malt. Almost a wet wood aroma in there as well. Pretty nice.
Taste/feel: Actually a bit thin compared to other Barleywines Iíve had, but not TOO thin. A sort of tangy quality is also definitely in this beer, presumably from the yeast. Big caramel malt and sweetness before the alcohol warming finish and biscuit-like after taste. As for actual alcohol flavor, I donít really get one, but someone could probably guess this beer is at least 10% by the feel of it alone.
I hadnít had a Barleywine in a loooong time, so I decided to try this one. Itís pretty good. $4 for a single bottle seemed a bit high, but when I looked at it, the beer was bottled over a year ago. Unless Arcadia bottles this beer and keeps it around before shipping them? Whatever the case, that may explain why this beerís alcohol is quite nicely mellowed out.
I wasnít the hugest fan of Barleywines (which is why I went so long without buying one), but now I think Iím changing my stance. I enjoy the insane amount of malt flavor, the slight tanginess, and the warmth in my belly from this one. The feel could maybe use a little work, but the amount of sweetness is spot on -- any more and this beer would be cloying. Iíd be very interested in buying another one and cellaring it for about five years or so. The only real flaw I have with this brew is that it could use some more flavor depth... I could find that in the BBA version if I could get my hands on it. Try this one out.
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of prunes, fermented grapes, light booze and light malt. Appearance is deep brown with a thin team had of mostly larger bubbles. Taste is nice, light and smooth. Starts with a fruity sweetness of grapes and then mild booze with malt. The malt finish is longer lasting but nice, awesome barley wine
obxdude10 (2043) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the better barleywines Iíve had in a while! The Cereal Killer pours a very dark brown color with a slight purple hue. There isnít much head or lacing. The nose is full of roasted malt, alcohol, light hops and fruit. The flavors are deep and complex, with notes of fruit, yeast, alcohol, roasted malt, light hops, oranges and caramel. The beer finishes strong and sweet, with a warming alcohol effect.
malkyore (185) - - MAR 19, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have now over the course of my ability to purchase beer had this beer 3 times I had the 2010 version when it was 2 years old, I had the 2013 version when it was completely fresh and Iíve had the 2009 version when it was 5 years old. This is one that gets better with age. The 2 year old knew blew my mind with how great it was and the 5 year did it again. This is a great beer very sweet and very roasty. In many ways the epitome of what beet flavors are. I would recommend aging this beer because it only gets better with age.
SSSteve (3774) - - JAN 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle. chunky floaters with a small head and a deep red color. red fruits in aroma. flavor is slightly tart with red colored tart fruits. a bit of oxidation. any hops are now pretty much flattened out. massive strawberry. a cross between and old american barleywine and a malty english. really aged nicely IMO.
nsquishee (601) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice sipper. Smells like caramel, toffee, along with a hint of barrel and orange. Nice and smooth start on the palate- sugary with a medium viscosity. Finishes slightly tart with the strong tinge of booze. Very nice overall. The flavors of caramel, oak, lemon, and booze remind me of a barrel aged barleywine. Would love to try the bourbon barrel version.
bwa5879 (670) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark Carmel colored pour with small ring of offwhite head. Scents of soapy florals, super light. Light taste too, a little watery: floral hops dominate, Carmel too, very light for a barley wine of this ABV.
fattybladdy (565) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at brewpub. Dark brown pour with a malty aroma. Taste is caramel, bready malt, toffee and raisin, seems fairly mellow compared to what I was expecting, goes down easy for 10%.
tmoreau (2445) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served with a clear, ruby highlighted, darkest brown/mahogany color, with a nice hat of silky, light tan head foam, and curtainy/sheet-like lacing. The aroma was sweet, dried fruit, caramel, and lurking alcohol. The taste was similar, with the sweetness appearing lightly syrupy, distinct booziness getting in on the action, and low bitterness with some astringency, and dryness on the finish. Quite alcoholic for 10% imo, but a decent, sip & savor barleywine.
tectactoe (1935) - Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2014 [Bottle / 2008 / ~5 years old] Poured into a plastic cup in the dark, so the color is hard to discern </classy>. Looks like a nice, creamy, beige head formed on top, though. Dense looking body, probably somewhere around amber or copper. Aroma is comprised of plums, grapes, brown sugar, sticky caramel, & an underlayer of booziness. No appreciable hops, possibly due to the age. Caramel & brown sugar flavors come through strong. Molasses, grapes, & plums soaked in booze. Nice toffee & light vanilla finish. Pretty robust, yet nice & smooth for the style. Not the most complex, but quite tasty nonetheless.