scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber color. smells sweet. tastes like yeast & raisins. Iím kinda digging it
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.
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Cloudy brown pour with a small head. Aroma is very sweet and raisonish with some dates too. Taste is very sweet with a raison background. Very brinkable. Pretty good.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2011 Very dark red in color, not quite as dark as the Big Dickís, with a voluminous, orangey-tan head. Aroma is densely caramel-like but not necessarily sweet or intense. Flavor is much like the aroma. It is not very complex, but it is rich and satisfying, and very well balanced.
LearninBeer (486) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is malty, caramel and a little molasses. Pours a cloudy dark brown/copper with an off white head mostly diminishing and excellent lacing. The taste is sweet and then a little bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish long. Overall not bad, Iíve been frowning on barleywines of late, so this would probably be rated higher if I was more into barleywines.
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap - Caponeís - May 2008 (2007 "vintage").
Mild aroma - not overpowering. Medium body and taste - not over-the-top, nor is it wimpy. Malty, viscous, sweet mouthfeel - a touch syrupy, but not overpowering. Crisp hop finish rounds out a big and juicy barleywine.
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
RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours as deep a ruby tone as you can call ruby before it crosses into black. Light-brown head fades to thick and foamy lacing. Aroma of candied fruits, bready, with a hint of apple. Very vibrant on the tongue, aggressive even; the ABV on this one is not masked in the slightest. Thin but syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet at first, mildly malty, with a bitter finish that I wouldnít characterize as hoppy. Almost astringent. I think this could be a bit better after aging. Itís just too assertive and dense in its unaged state. Might snag a single bottle and come back to it in a year or two, but not something Iíd keep on hand.
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Reddish-brown, cognac coloring. No head but faint foam ring around the edge. Sugary, burnt, like a creme brulee. Similar in taste, though someewhat acidic from the carbonation. Quick finish.
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RnH: Extreme Winter: While I am partial tot his style (extremely partial and biased in fact) I didnít think this brew was anything so spectacular, good, but not wildly aggressive like the name suggested. Good fruit notes, sugars, enjoyable.