Muggus69 (1165) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
640mL bottle Batch# 13301B6
Pours a deep copper body, some clarity about it. Holds a dense beige head leaving a thick matte of lace on the way down.
Decent intensity of aroma; piney hop spice, cut grass, citrus rind with rich underlying toasty, caramel malt. Some booze sneaks in there too.
Moderate carbonation lends a bit of creaminess to an otherwise thick and slick body.
Palate start with a substantial whack of caramel sweetness, lightly toasted/biscuity malt notes too, continuing with spicy woody hop & bitter citrus. Finishes dry, lingering aggressive bitterness and warming booze.
A well made American-style Barley Wine. Good example of the style, nice balance, not overly aggressive and boozy, as many tend to be.
edgallow (1990) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of caramel, citrus and floral. Taste is malts, grapefruit and some pine.
oRos (1078) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from capitol beer and taproom. Pours ruby with thick beige head. Taste is thick malts with a pungent bitter Pine hop in the backbone.
jmcgavin12 (486) - Madison, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is vibrant with massive amounts of hops, resin, and floral fruit. Poured amber with a very lacing half finger head. Taste is sweet with a long bitter duration throughout. Notes of caramel and a smooth delicious finish. Great beer
HIGHB4LL (475) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampler at Avery’s. Appearance: ruby red color, slight head, not much lace, clear. Aroma: citrus, floral, caramel, slight vanilla and light peach. Palate: lightly alcoholic texture, soft carbonation, dry and bitter lasting finish. Taste: sweet front half, flowing very fluidly into an excellent bitter finish that lasts as long as you really want it to. Overall, absolutely in love with this beer. Reminds me of Old Ruffian, but maybe smoother and drier.
Darwenus (547) - Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A delicious, highly hopped up barley wine. The color is mahogany and there’s a fair amount of head and lace, and the aroma is strong and layered. I picked up on a lot of malt and hops and spice, but also figs, ginger, apples. The flavor includes a rich, caramel sweetness over all and through the finish. And there were other notes that popped up here and there; sweet potatoes, pralines, pineapple. The hoppy burn at the end was a nice bonus.
poisoneddwarf (1701) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Aroma is perfumy, burnt caramel, toasty, peachy; smells a little older than I like my barleywines. Pours hazy amber with a medium collapsing beige head. Taste is very much like the Bigfoot template--bittersweet, malt-forward with hops in a supporting role; savory, extreme bitter finish. I think I would like this a lot better if it was fresher, just like Bigfoot.
dansac (93) - Loa Angeles, Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an excellent, top tier American Style Barleywine
Aroma: burnt caramel, malts, hops. Nothing extraordinary here.
Appearance: Gorgeous dark amber, clear small head
Taste: Typical for the style, big sweetness, caramel and malts, lots of bittering hops. Delicious, and very well balanced.
Palate: sweet first, full body, dry finish.
Overall: A great representative of the style, and very fairly priced too. I think this is one of the better ones in the style I’ve had.
DCLawyer (1411) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber->snifter. Clear bright dark orange with small offwhite head. A: sweet bready malt, citrus hops. T: bittersweet, with resiny pine hops, caramel malt. Big, and well-balanced. Good stuff.
Dacrza (502) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
DATE TASTED: December 27, 2013... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter...OCCASION: post-Christmas Les Mis viewing... APPEARANCE: red amber body; opaque. as twilight; white, opulent head; lacing is more than substantial.. AROMA: robust, bold hops; a candid, malty, grape-driven undercurrent hoists an intensely fragrant mass of East Coast pinecone... PALATE: a Javert-sized presence, proud and overbearing; strong, rum-like burn on the tongue; in time, the effect numbs and comforts, removing its bite as stronger spirits do...TASTE: malty--caramel immediately and often (chestnut too?), heavy at the throat; the 104 IBUs are tamped down but cloy enough to keep; same astringency in the exhale detracts slightly from an otherwise powerful flavor ... OVERALL: Admittedly, the wine drinking in the film played slightly with my perspective, but tasting this malty wine of a beer also made the film even more vibrant...BIG is the word this beer warrants--a handsome, dangerous fist in a snifter, resilient as Valjean .