DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster at Atlas. Brown malt color, dense in the middle, a thin layer of foam. Lightly malty smell, more of a roasty stout nose than a malty barley wine. Taste has a strong malt backbone with a bit of hop support; bitterness is delivered well by prickly bubbles.
ARH (557) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, poured into a snifter. Warm roasty notes of caramel, wood, and plum come through, along with a touch of alcohol. It pours a murky, muddy mahogany color with and off-white, soapy head that retains a medium ring and a wispy surface with just a light lace. The taste is a medium high sweet and medium bitter. It’s a viscous, full bodied beer with a fuzzy carbonation. Flavors of caramel, plum, and roasted nuts come through, blanketed by a woody, alcohol warmth and spice finish. It’s clean and relatively dry for a barleywine with just a touch of toffee in the aftertaste.
nuplastikk (4698) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Atlas. Unfiltered amber-brown body. Thin, standard off-white head. The aroma is a little subdued for a BW, some red fruit tinges. Fruity UK BW I guess, could have been called an Imperial Amber and I wouldn’t have second guessed it. Nice fruity notes, not overbearing. Pretty standard and forgettable. Not bad, just a little tame and lame for 2014. Nice vanilla amber malt fruity depth.
kaser (3110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at atlas. Hate barleywines and this was no exception. Pours dark orange almost amber. Thin white head. Super sweet plum taste. Tart too? Dunno. Yuck
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice little sipper. Aroma is full of spices and booze, has a clean but warm finish. Great option at Atlas.