KyotoLefty (6877) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Yellow Ape. Very leafy, dank, grassy hop nose with some light caramel hidden out back. Very bitter, very dank and hay-like. This is hugely hopped, but not in any way I really like. Barley gets completely left behind.
FestDecBeet (318) - - NOV 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Look: pours a reddish copper color. Light tan head. Very clear.
Smell: alcohol burn. Slight tropical fruit notes. Caramel.
Taste: heavy alcohol. Hop forward. Slight citrus bitterness.
Feel: extremely dry. Medium - low carbonation. Leaves a thick film on the mouth.
Overall: ok beer. Too much alcohol for my palate.
First drank: home 11/2/14
malkyore (243) - - OCT 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thereís a fine line between barleywine and double ipa... This is so close to the line itís crazy. I feel like a bit of age would do this some good, because itís extremely hoppy. But in all reality I like it a lot...
Krej (138) - USA - OCT 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this on tap. It is very rich, caramely, and creamy. Has an amazing crystal clear dark caramel color. Love it.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2589) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Kamikaze. Not in the mood to drink this as what I waited all day tp drink (Ushitora Brewery) for ran out... 750+tx (820) yen for 200 ml 9.2% an opaque deep orange-brown with a filmy beige head and ok lacing. Definitely a us style Barleywine with a huge dank resinous musty hop bouquet and a little maltiness struggling to get through the hop onslaught. Very sharply carbonated and exceptionally bitter - the taste is like licking a pine cone. Not balanced and not really what I want in a Barleywine. I feel it is more like an imperial IPA or triple IPA, just way too hoppy. Maybe if it warms up itíll improve but at this point I just want to go home... Well i was right, it became slightly more balanced after warming up displaying some malt character but remaining a mistly dank resinous bitter beer. Not at all what I want from a Barleywine...
ST247 (426) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample tnx to kraddel. Pours amber. Alcoholic, sweet, grainy aroma. Taste strong alcoholic, sweet, bitter Dry and bitter finish.
77ships (4545) - 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 (4163) - 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 (6280) - 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. Averyís 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, Iíll 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. didnít age quite as well as iíd hoped.
fitwitchik (374) - 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.