KajII (783) - 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...
solidfunk (4474) - 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 (340) - 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.
drpimento (2293) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is a lush blend of hops malt and yeast. Appearance is a thick cream colored long-lived head with plenty of Lace and a clear copper amber color. Flavor is very interesting, complex, and related to the palate. But there are some sharp points and edges from the bitterness & the acids from hops and carbonics. This is not a lightweight beer for Serious fans or Alky's.
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RobertDale (3701) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Strong Ale Festival 2014. Comes reddish brown with an average beige head. Aroma of malt, grain, grass, and alcohol. Taste is malt, grain, grass, citrus, caramel, and alcohol. Very nice.
KyotoLefty (6695) - 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 (227) - - 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 (211) - - OCT 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
There’s a fine line between barleywine and double ipa... This is so close to the line it’s crazy. I feel like a bit of age would do this some good, because it’s extremely hoppy. But in all reality I like it a lot...
Krej (120) - 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 (2334) - 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 it’ll 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 (399) - 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.