cthomas2390 (228) - Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby color with thin tan head. Sweet, malty aroma with caramel, licorice, and piney hop notes. Heavy malt is almost immediately cut by hops which come to lay on the back of your tongue. Still finishes fairly dry. Carbonation is maybe a bit too sharp for a barleywine, but leave it out for a few minutes and it mellows nicely.
TheCaptMatey (147) - Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark amber to orange colour with a off white head that left thick lacing. Aroma is hops, caramel, and hints of candied fruits. Flavor is roasted sweet malts, hops, faint citrus, molasses, and sweet fruits. Medium bodied with light carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel ending in a slightly harsh bitter finish. The bitterness seems to increase with each sip, but the overall flavor is well balanced between bitter and sweet elements.
hman43 (447) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours a cloudy like brown with a tan head. As the head dissipates, lacing is present. It has the smell of dried fruit, molasses, alcohol, with a sweet fruit smell. It has a surprisingly sweet fruit taste with molasses and caramel. The bitterness is more on the mild side compared to others in the class except for a twinge in the back. The bitterness became more pronounced as I drank more. It produces a pleasant warming on the way down.
Jur (411) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home, from WholeFoods, Addison.
Hog heaven and hop heaven! Rich, walnut, rosebud, booze and hops. Well balanced, very good.
closey22 (1026) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber with thin rimming beige head; aroma is blend of hops and malt sweetness; flava is roasty and hoppy upfront nicely blended with a malty sweetness with notes of molasses and sweet cherry; feels medium with decent foamy fizziness; finishes dry slightly bitter and herbal notes.
SG111 (300) - New York, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Banter Bar, Brooklyn, 2013 vintage. Pours a chestnut brown with a small white head with lacing that clings to the sides. Aroma is caramel, toffee, fig, some mild hops in the back. Flavor is similar. Lots of fig, and toffee, caramel. Lovely hop finish. Really only get the hop bitterness in the finish. So nice.
eriff (1) - Socorro, New Mexico, USA - JAN 17, 2015 does not count
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear dark amber orange color with nice head and great lacing
light citrus and grassy sweet aroma
very smooth light citrus notes in the beginning
lot of body very creamy and smooth
slight bitterness throughout ending with a bit more
slight hint of bourbon alcohol taste
Very nice and refreshing take on a barley wine dry hop addition definitely made this a great beer bit lacking on Aroma
beerbaaron (1453) - Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Unclear deep amber with big lasting frothy light khaki head. Great balance throughout. Nice hoppiness. Super.
GTAEgeek (1343) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Fred. Dark copper, with a small, filmy, off-white head and tons of lacing. Lots of caramel in the nose, with some notes of resin, pine, and some herbs. Very bitter, with a strong malty, sweet backbone. Heavy body, syrupy, astringent and chewy. This is a stick, overhopped mess of a beer.
musinj6 (434) - 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.