ljthiessen (354) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very hoppy, but quite tasty. Hops overshadow some of the subtler flavours, but a great barley wine nonetheless.
hockeybeerguy (1853) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a dark copper/brown colored body with a one finger white to off white foamy head that tries to settle but leaves a lumpy looking valley of a head.
The smell was malty, slightly sugary, slight hops come forth as it warms.
The taste was bittersweet, wow the most balanced bittersweetness Iíve ever had in an American Barleywine, flavor comes across way better than its smell, bittersweet aftertaste, dry bittersweet finish.
On the palate, it sits at/about dry yet coats the mouth slightly oily, medium in body, fairly sessionable for 9.2 but hey Iím not arguing, carbonation has a good sharpness to it and is good for the style.
Overall, this was a nice dry hopped American Barleywine, if youíre lookiní for a hoppier barleywine, this may be your guy. However, I need to say, the more this warms, the more it tastes like a DIPA, no worries, Iíd still have this again.
perezs25 (39) - - MAR 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
3/4" off white foamy head, short lasting and low lacing. Attractive Deep ruby amber clear liquid. Aroma is hops dominated, floral. Picked up some buttery, methane off aroma after swirling. Flavor is strong bitter with a bite which masked the malts. Silky texture, moderately dry and strong warm finish, astringent aftertaste. Overall not my favorite from this brewery, I think unbalanced towards the bitter and heavy and cloying to drink.
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GriffDaddy (64) - - MAR 21, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
darker brown pour with a tall tan head. Aroma of floral and pine, not particularly distinct. As a fan of barleywines, I had high hopes. Powerful shot of hard, sweet caramel followed by a surprisingly bitter hop bite. Something missing in the middle. Too sweet, all hops on the finish. Not bad, but unbalanced. The sweetness might make this attractive to someone accustomed to lighter beers, but the bitter finish was aggressive. Would I drink again? yes. Would I order again? no.
Stuedmaster (207) - Vista, California, USA - MAR 15, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark amber pour with minimal head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, pine resin, grass, citrus, and alcohol. The bitterness overwhelms the complex malt character, more like a double IPA. Excessive hopping makes this potentially great beer unbalanced. Palate is thick and oily with astringent hop bitterness. This barley wine is for hop heads only.
Doghair (257) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice caramel, hoppy aroma with some orange. Taste is well balanced malty hops with some citrus. Slightly bitter finish with orange peel. Minor alcohol taste. You really have to look for it. Really great beer.
badpuppy69 (215) - orange, California, USA - MAR 12, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2014 Pours a hazy rich copper amber with a nice thick soapyhead. aroma is sweet caramel malt Piney hops cinnamon and apricot and brownies touch of black pepper. Taste follows the Aroma with medium mouth feel. very smooth very very delicious some citrusy notes as well.
rxeight (1277) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Dark reddish orange brown pour. Aroma is floral hops. Like from a past prime IPA. Taste is a bitter barleywine. This is half barleywine half old ipa.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(4 Hands Lupulin Festival - bottle) copper. Sweetish aroma. Flavor is caramel, alcohol, citrus hops. Viscous mouthfeel.
EvanFriend (303) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is straight pineapple, taste has a hint of pineapple as well. However, taste is mostly citrus and pine hops, slight herbal notes, over caramel, with, as I mentioned, a hint of pineapple throughout. Good beer.