KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The pour was a clear cherry brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown creamy head that receded down to a few puddles and a large collar, which did produce excellent sheeting of lacing.
The aroma was mildly sweet of a toasted caramel malt, grassy hops and a doughy yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit), dark fruit (plums and figs), caramel and a mild alcohol tinge.
The taste was powerful to say the least, with a strong malty caramel sweetness that lasted only seconds before being overshadowed by an intense hoppy bitterness along with hints of dark fruit, citrus peel and a big alcohol presence towards the end. The flavor lasted a decently long time proceeding the swallow with a bold bitter alcohol warming taste left to linger on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a strong dry texture and a tickly carbonation.
Overall a very intensely flavorful brew, sweet yet hoppy, bitter yet smooth, a beer in a class of its own, truly a hop heads dream Barleywine...
bennetporter (355) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 27, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear reddish brown from a bottle. Aroma of cherry cordial, some oak and caramel. Pretty boozy. Bitter, astringent, and also slightly sweet in the mouth. Again, boozy, burns a little going down. A little much for me.
geologyguy (974) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hoppy smell and slightly sweet, taste is also much hoppier than expected, smooths out with time but still a bit too hoppy for me...medium diversity in flavor
Awktoberfest (334) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich. Malty. Sweet. Limited play from the hops. It fell between the English and the American Bwine style. I wish it was one or the other. Ok. Muted. Blah...
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johnnymusky (563) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really enjoyable barley wine....a little hoppy but really smooth...dried fruits some malt and tons of hops....yummy!....(#500)
PartyFowle (629) - - MAY 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Ruby-orange in hue with a bit of haze in the middle. One finger of pillowy, sticky light tan head sits atop the brew. I know this bottle isnít as fresh as possible -- those that are have an amazing fresh, grassy hop aroma. Still, this is big and citrusy,with a flash of orange and grapefruit backed up by caramelized sugar cooking on the stove. In the flavor, itís as smooth as a pale ale, but with noticeable heft and alcohol. Grassy, piney hops lead and grip the tongue with brute strength between sips. The back end has a bit of caramel and some lingering toasted biscuit notes. Medium body, not too heavy. Smooth and bitter. One of my favorite barleywines for its drinkability and perfectly blended flavors.
notayankee (35) - Arkansas, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour into goblet. 1/2 inch tan head leaves lasting lacing. Aroma has raisiny, roasty, malty tones. Appearance is hazy red. Taste is medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour with full body. Texture is creamy and flat. This beer has a nice bitter long finish. A well-balanced barley wine with good hoppiness throughout.
rdixon77 (1581) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old rating. Nice hoppy barley wine. Mahogany color. Lots of piney citrus hops over malty caramel base. Decent amount of dark fruit and warming booze. Delicious.
BunchABeer (30) - Red Deer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear reddish-brown with an average size white head. Wonderful aroma of hops, hops and hops! Thereís just enough malt, fruit and yeast in the aroma to balance it out just right. Flavour of hops and malt is also nicely balanced. Medium to full bodied. Alcohol is very well hidden.
jbuskirk (620) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 11, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hog Heaven? More like Hop Heaven, amiright? Sorry about that. Okay, so Hog Heaven is my kind of Barleywine. It pours a mouthwatering shade of deep red-brown and has a big, long-lasting head. (Big, long-lasting head? I honestly typed that sentence with a straight face? Huh.) The aroma is stolen by the hops. You get a big noseful of resinous pine. Hops rule the flavor as well. You get some toffee and caramel, but mostly you get whole lot of hoppy bitter goodness. This barleywine takes advantage of its huge malt base by hopping the bejesus out of it. I love the results.
HuskerTan (766) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - APR 11, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A- Hoppy, caramel, dark fruits.
A- Deep mahogany color, clear liquid, beige head.
T- Very bitter, pine, caramel, dark fruits.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finish.
O- Holy hop bomb! Did someone mix up my barleywine with a super imperial ipa. This was more bitter than a lot of ipas Iíve had. Just too over bearing for me, I like my barleywines smoother and fruitier not in your face intensely hoppy.