brinehart (199) - Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful deep garnet pour, and it doesn't stop there. This beer delivers. Big time dank citrusy resiny hops, but the real masterpiece is the balance. Incredibly drinkable for such a big hoppy beast.
drtbrewster (40) - Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Avery never disappoints, really like this brewery and glad the came back to AZ for distribution...keep on truckin.
pinkie (425) - New York, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours hazy orange copper with a fat stream of bubbles rising up from the murky bottom. The beer has a nice blush on it and a fat head of tan foam that is tinged with orange and fell slowly and left good lace.
Nose is fruity and malty with plenty of sweetness. Caramel malt, brown sugar. Bold citrus. Orange, lemon and the bright citrus peel. Little pine for good measure and is this a DIPA? Taste follows the nose all the way. A rich and silky mouthfeel brings a perfectly sweet orange, and tangerine fruit across the palate. it even has a bit of pith. The lemon peel falls to the background but keeps things bright and uplifted. The malt is endless and while it is sweet it isnít too heavy. There is a nice finish to this with a touch of sticky resin and bright fruit that lingers int eh aftertaste. the caramel is smooth as silk and thereís a touch of warmth from alcohol. This is crisp and tastes like candied oranges.
Beer candy. The dry hopping gives it a lightness thatís almost unbearable and the orange is ripe and juicy perfection. You might think this is DIPA but itís a big barley wine. Delicious.
jinroh (262) - ESTONIA - DEC 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1 pint bottle. Pours nice clear amber with a small head that soon reduces into a thin lacing. Aroma is quite sweet, just as a barley-wine should have - but this time itís accentuated with some strong hops. Some sweet honey and toffee aromas that have been poured over with herbal hops. Taste has some hop explosion on the strong caramel malt base. Imperial Indian Barleywine? A nice and very enjoyable combination and one of the top class beers.
subsonic (82) - Pataskala, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This dangerously drinkable garnet beauty is a hop loverís delight. The intense dry-hop nose and the alcohol content are perfectly balanced for a caramel candy-like malt finish. This is a serious beer for serious beer afficionados and it only gets better with age. Cellarable for 3 years.
kerenmk (2001) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Hazy amber with a dark beige head. hops and spices in the nose as well as cookies. Bitter and alcoholic in the mouth. Full body, carbonated, alcoholic finish.
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled late February, 2011
A: Pours a ruddy copper ale with a single finger of peanut head, limited clarity and spotty lacing. Decent look. Looks aggressive, hard to explain, but thatís how I feel.
S: Spicy hops. Super spicy. Some wood, resin, bell pepper, sweet malts. Smells like itís gonna be bitter and assertive in the mouth - I guess that matches the appearence.
T: Bitter, sharp, slightly chemical. The malts seems absent under the intensity of the hops. I imagine the malts would be able to oxidize and actually benefit greatly in making this a more balanced BW. However, this will take several years in my experience with BWís this assertively hopped.
M: Off heavy body with creamy carbonation. Dry finish. Good stuff.
O: This beer has a special place in my heart; it was my first BW that I enjoyed. I also developed a clone of this beer for my Wedding and modified it slightly to become KimBarley Wine. That being said, I now feel like the hops in this are a little over done, and the beer lacks the malt profile to help balance it in a fashion my palate prefers. I can say, proudly, that as soon as I smelled this, it reminded me of my wedding BW, itís pretty awesome.
Serving type: bottle
Dodgrblu (561) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Low Brau Sacramento, aroma is dank hops, flavor is sweet caramel, dark red pour.
OKBeerFan (58) - - DEC 7, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is better than the taste on this one. Too bitter. I'm going to cellar one and revisit next year.
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drdisque (494) - Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
From bomber poured in snifter. Aroma is heavy bitter hops. Flavor is all hop. Donít know why they bother calling this a barley wine. No malt comes through. Excessively bitter and not very good. This is a double IPA, and a mediocre one at that.