77ships (4300) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml. bottle shared by Kraddel during the (Ice) Cider/Perry tasting @ Barely Legal Tasting Room. Thank you! This is clearly some kind of vintage but I cannot find a date on the bottle. It is possible that the Vintage is 2013. Dark amber, little head. Typical oxidized nose, herbal, heavy on herbs, bitter old hops. Taste is bitter oxidized, liquorish, bitter herbal, old hops, oxidized bitter herbal-ness, light toffee, grains. Body is aged. Decent but not stellar.
kraddel (3624) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber, rather small white head .
Smell is grainy, fresh , bit bitter .
Taste is bitter, bit weak , grains , sweet, some metal notes . Nice .
slowrunner77 (6089) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
had Alaskan and Avery Hog Heaven side by side. Neither was a letdown, even though they were opposite ends of the spectrum. Both poured a deep ruby/amber. Alaskan was a touch darker, and both had great frothy head with a vigorous pour, awesome retention. Avery’s aroma was definitely hop-heavy, but balanced just enough and was freakin incredible. took a giant inhale before every sip. Ditto for the Alaskan, but this one was all malty sweetness, and a touch of hops. At first, in the aroma and taste, it begged for more time in the cellar, but by the time I got to the end, I just wanted to keep breathing it in. The aromas were the high point for both beers, but the flavor was enjoyable as well...Avery similar to Bigfoot, but better balanced, and Alaskan like a slightly sweeter/less hoppy Old Stock. Alaskan won the battle of the body as it was thick and full, Avery was weaker (9.4) & thinner, but incredibly drinkable for a barleywine. Those who are not hop heads may not like it as much, but while both were great examples of Amercan & English Barleywines respectively, I’ll give a tiny nod to Avery in the head to head, but imagine Alaskan would win in a year as it seemed like the type of beer that would age incredibly well. Fun, fun, fun!" 8/09 - still very good. didn’t age quite as well as i’d hoped.
fitwitchik (367) - USA - OCT 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 2014 bomber into a pint glass golden reddish orage with a thick off white head.
Aroma is sweet grass.
Flavor is a superb dry hops with a caramel toffee sweetness that makes you want to savor the taste. Its incredible. Have had on tap at Avery and for past several years. Need to seriously age but unfortunately when I see this brew in the beer vault at home....I have no patience to age.
boozedude (1998) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - OCT 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bomber shared with jammer and hakes, puirs clear red with white, head, this stuf smells potent, caramel hoppy, nice clean barley wine , love it
Maris (1023) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From a 650ml bottle on 8/10/2014. Pours a cloudy dark golden with fine yeast floaties and a smallish head. Has a delightful and powerful hop filled aroma, with lots of pine, fruit and caramel. In the mouth, it presents more as a DIPA rather than a barley wine, though there’s lots of malt evident. There’s masses going on but it it’s integrated beautifully, with lots of sweet apricot, caramel and toffee, with a smashing, big, dry bitterness which presents a touch of grapefruit and resin. It tastes like a big beer but the alcohol is quite well hidden, and it goes down so easily. Has a full body and a creamy texture, but it’s not particularly sticky, with moderate to average carbonation. Damn this is good stuff - complex, supremely balanced and extremely moreish. A truly incredible beer.
jsnicholas (249) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (22oz $7.50): Coudy redish brown with great head that stuck around a bit. Lots of citris in the aroma. Stong Malt and citris taste. Some bitterness and metallic taste in the end. To me it seems more like and IPA than a Barely Wine.... Maybe I am more used to English Barley wines. In any case its good but I like less hoppy barley wines.
majorbase2 (14) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is sweet, sweet caramel and bread malts, along with citrus hops, pine resin and alcohol. Deep, dark cloudy orange with a small off white head with good retention and lacing. More of the same in the taste. Incredibly sweet caramel. Lots of hop bitterness. Lots of pine resin. Not a lot of carbonation. Sticky. Overall a very good example of one of my favorite styles.
jerseyjohn71 (203) - corsicana, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
resin, spruce, citrus, red, hazy, white foam, very bitter, bitter, long finish, soft carbonation, thin feel, full body,
vickvega82 (40) - Maine, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 vintage (5years)
Pours a pretty dark amber with a fair amount of white head thats got about an inch of lacing. The smell is full of malt and caramel with a nice underlying piney citrus. The first impression is wow thats smooth. This particular barleywine holds up exceptionally well to aging. The cellaring really tones down the malts and hops and hops and leaves the citrus as a major player qnd puts the malt more on the back end. Another note on this aged version is most beers after 3 years seem to get a universal raisin taste and this beer really didnt get that.