musinj6 (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy copper with one finger head leaving mild to moderate lacing. . Aromas of lasted malt, resinous hops. Taste is very bitter. Pine, grapefruit peel. Perhaps a hint of spice. medium to full bodied. with chewy palate and soft carbonation. Very long bitter finish. Reminds me more of a double/triple IPA than a classic barley wine
nj_BierMaven (116) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bomber, pours cloudy amber into tulip glass. Off-white 1/2 inch head quickly dissipates, leaves a thin lacing on the glass. Malty nose with a slight hop balance, the brewer’s description of caramel-candy malt finish is right on target. Resinous, floral hoppiness just enough to balance all that malt, this bottle is fresh so I wonder what it would be like if cellared for 3 years, perhaps too malty if the hops get lost over time. Will have to find another bottle and set it aside for comparison. If you love IPAs but haven’t had a barley wine, you might be disappointed as it isn’t so hoppy as described. But if you love a good barley wine, this is a fine example of how to balance heavy malts with solid hops.
DialSquare (3270) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Have seen this on the selves for years and assumed I’d rated. Apparently not. Bomber form Giant Eagle in Upper Arlington ($6.99). Amber orange pour with a big frothy off-white head and strong retention. Aroma of sweet bready malt, spice, caramel, dank citrus. Tastes are along those lines - sweet, nutty, resiny tropical citrus. Sticky oily palate. Finishes bitter. Excellent.
Diablokev (162) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma was of plum and was very nice. The appearance was a deep almost purple, with a great head. The taste was nice and overall I liked it a lot.
DedicatedToFun (3701) - Santa Monica, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap, dark pour, off white head, nose is caramel, taste is caramel, sweet, boozy
ajtrupp (302) - Keenesburg, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The description says it: dangerously drinkable. It's a special occasion barley wine that tastes like a good, hoppy beer.
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MickieDee (26) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle. Pours amber, with thin head and nice lacing. Malt, ample resin, caramel, citrus. Dry, mildly sweet finish.
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theothermatt (275) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Home. 2012 Version. Dark Amber pour. Nose of caramel, nuttiness, and alcohol. Great smooth mouth. Rich caramel, toffee, almond, figs, and plums. Finishes slightly sweet and rich. Great in small doses.
solidfunk (4981) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very smooth for a barley wine. Wonderful balance on palate. Amber pour, with good head and lacing. Light sweet finish. Some caramel in this. Very drinkable. Tap at Avery event at Churchkey.
mstrcrwly (603) - New York, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Draught 55..amber/copper pour with thin off white head..aroma of caramel,hops,brown sugar..bitter,boozy,smooth.