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...
rdixon77 (1365) - 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 (16) - 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! There’s 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 (548) - Holdrege, 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 (685) - Holdrege, 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 I’ve had. Just too over bearing for me, I like my barleywines smoother and fruitier not in your face intensely hoppy.
mixmasterob (933) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Classic stand up barley wine. Clear mahogany pout with a big frothy off white head. Aroma was fruit cake, candied hops, caramel for days, more cake. Flavors were sweet with nice notes of caramel and citrus forward hops. Plus mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Nice hoppy bitter finish with good citrus notes. Super hoppy Barleywine, good stuff.
commonmac (534) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big bottle purchased at Elevated. Consumed in tulip glass. Deep orange, maybe copper. Aroma picks up the hops added near the end of the brewing process. Little bit of a tropical fruit element. Persistent half finger white head. Taste is really interesting conflicting style profiles. Definitely hoppy especially at the finish. Slaps you in the face. The hop resin and bitterness is there in full force. It has some of Belgian malty sweetness and dark fruit, raisin quality at the beginning. Alcohol presence. Starts off soft before giving way to the oily hop resin towards the end. I like the beginning but think the hops are overdone at the end. I guess Hog Purgatory would be a better name in my book.
madchemist83 (132) - USA - MAR 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tropical fruit in the nose. Pineapple, mango, passion fruit, citrus and pine. Copper brown with thick head. Nice bitter bite help balance the alcohol. Sweet and malty finish.
hawanna (2510) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle as a Gift - thanks Daniel
caramel, citrus, herbs, cereal, alcohol, amber, hazy, frothy, tan foam, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, oily feel, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
nhjmoyer (7) - san antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this beer at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio trying to achieve my plate and it was one of those that I will have to drink again and thwart my efforts on obtaining my plate. Amazing beer with a huge compliment of flavors.
monk191 (1213) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
More California IPA then barleywine. Pours a nice deep orange wit a white head. Smells of hops and grapefruit. Taste is very hoppy throughout, with just a slight amount of barleywine, but lots of grapefruit, some soapiness and a very bitter finish with lemon rind and thyme. Lingering bitter finish. Had in the bottle. Expected a nicely balanced barleywine, but hops overwhelm everything else.