drdisque (491) - 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. Don’t 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.
beerbastard (629) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2013 22oz. bottle, copper colored. Glad its back in Arizona. Oily hops dominate the nose. Powerful oily hop flavors that overpower the malts. Bitter finish with alcohol burn. I don’t remember it being this hoppy. It is out of balance.
NordicV (978) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaska från 2012. Bärnstensfärgad öl med ett beige kraftigt skum. Doft av humle, massor av kola, malt och marmelad. Detta tillsammans med kakor och en alkoholhetta i smaken.
Beergeek23322 (1948) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1/1/2012. 22 oz. bottle. Copper color with a tan head. Aromas of dark malt, dried fruit, caramel, alcohol. Fruity flavors with warming alcohol, light hops and lots of spices.
ineedbeer (508) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2014 Pink labelled 22oz bottle. I think it is from either 2009 or 2010.Aroma has a light hop character but it is mostly sweet malt. Lots of caramel, light cracker and hints of toffee. Some fruit notes of raisin and fig. Pours a slightly cloudy copper amber with some light brown noted. Thin light tan head that quickly recedes to the edges. Medium light lacing and medium small legs. Medium hop character with moderately strong bitterness. Light alcohol spice in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.Overall an alright beer but the malt complexity isn?t amazing and is way too one dimensionally caramel. Definitely an American style barleywine with a lot of hop character and bitterness even after a few years. Some light oxidation is starting to show through. Flavor is fairly sweet with a lot of caramel and toffee notes with some faint cracker character. Medium light golden raisin note along with some fig and cherry.
Updated for 2013 bottle: Aroma has a lot more hop character, still not dominant but more noticeable with a nice grapefruit and pine resin character. No oxidation with a nice, assertive bitterness and moderate hop favor. Pretty nice malt character with less of the fruit and honey notes. Upping my score from 3.6 to 3.8.
gmb5127 (220) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Seems to taste and smell more like an imperial IPA than most of the barleywines I’ve had. Pretty good though.
Jow (1812) - New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Haven’t had a barleywine in while i believe but this fits the cooler temps well. pours ruby copper with thin filmy head. Nose is hoppy and some childrens cold medicine. tastes of piney hops, some red fruits, grapes, leaves, caramel, and boozy finish. pleasant sipper not too sweet
SmokeyDaBear (150) - - NOV 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster poured at Avery. Has large amount of tan colored head. Beer is dark clear amber in color. Large amount of carbonation is present. Smells very hoppy and tastes hoppy. Beer is bitter.
rumproasts (2000) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Deep amber with small head. Moderate malt. Caramel and bread. Medium hops and dry finish. There’s alcohol warmth, but it’s mild.
zvikar (2567) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks kerenmk. Pours orange to brown clear with a beige head, aroma of malt, honey, molasses, marmalade, soy, flavor is itter and sweet with marmalade, tangerine and salt, medium to full bodied