KajII (763) - 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...
badpuppy69 (175) - orange, California, USA - MAR 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear copper amber with a nice head. aroma is sweet caramel malt follows the aroma well with some Piney hops cinnamon and apricot touch of black pepper very smooth very very delicious some citrusy notes as well.
rxeight (976) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Dark reddish orange brown pour. Aroma is floral hops. Like from a past prime IPA. Taste is a bitter barleywine. This is half barleywine half old ipa.
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(4 Hands Lupulin Festival - bottle) copper. Sweetish aroma. Flavor is caramel, alcohol, citrus hops. Viscous mouthfeel.
EvanFriend (250) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is straight pineapple, taste has a hint of pineapple as well. However, taste is mostly citrus and pine hops, slight herbal notes, over caramel, with, as I mentioned, a hint of pineapple throughout. Good beer.
Muggus69 (1100) - 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 (1634) - 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 (971) - 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 (413) - 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 (232) - 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 (468) - 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.