MadIndian (2614) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A gift from SJ. I havenít had a Barley wine in a while. I forget sometimes how great they are.
This one doesnít dissapoint with its honey, citrus, dark fruit, caramel malt, wheat and hop complexity. I loved it.
reebtogi (4891) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
633ml bottle pours a golden orangeish color with a small white head leaving only a few spots of lacing. Aroma is cereal grains and citrus with some other fruits and a bit of alcohol. Taste is big malty sweetness with some lovely citrusy and earthy bitter hop notes and a trace of alcohol. This is quite a bit different than your typical barley wine, but was still quite yummy.
DuffMan (8064) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Bright deep golden with an orange hue and a short-lived low head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, bringing to mind pears-in-syrup, soft mango, and whit grapes. Very aromatic, interesting. Sweet entry of pears, peaches, soft citrus, and something tart and green, starfruit maybe? I donít know, very unique though. Quenching palate as opposed to cloying, which this could easily be but isnít . Nice hoppy bite in the end, grapefruit rind bitterness. I canít classify this brew into a style that matches it perfectly, but who cares! Loved it.
VertBaconStrips (2200) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Been holding on to this one for a bit... I assumed it would be similar to an impy hefe so I naturally avoided it. Iím not sure I will "experience a panoply" of flavours because Iíve never seen that word before. Clear light amber with a small skiff of white head that wasnít there after I blinked. Very nice aroma of honey, lime, wheat, tropical notes, pears, peach, weak anise, slight grains and a bit of alcohol when warmer. The taste is wonderful as this is not overly sweet, not a hop bomb and not a total mess of a thousand ingredients randomly brewed together. Yes, there is sweetness but itís not awful - itís actually well placed. Citrusy hops start me off, a wheaty middle is interrupted by some bitterness and the honey smoothness rounds this out. The honey really makes a huge difference here and Iím already planning on more bottles as I totally pre-judged this beer wrong. Pears, touch of alcohol, faint orange. Depth, great taste, amazingly easy to drink, moderate bitterness and carbonation and a bit of tummy heat. Barley wine? I donít know. Who cares? This is straight up an enjoyable easy drinking brew with enough complexity without the confusion and distraction of a mish-mash of flavours. No food today yet, an overcooked bowl of Ichiban awaits, but yea, going to drink this entire bottle because I deserve it. Cheers to me, cheers to my brother and cheers to those who support me.
pintbypint (2977) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
633ml brown bottle. I see the date 2010 on the label, so Iím guessing thatís the vintage. Dark gold coloured brew, slight haze, medium sized foamy white cap. Displays nice lacing. Nose is full of wheat malt/cereal notes, light sweet notes from malts - caramel, possibly leaning even toward a light butterscotch, some orangey/citrus hops that are well placed. Flavour has caramel malt sweetness that is cut into by citrusy hops. Alcohol seems present but not obtrusive, coming in late. Aftertaste has wheat malts, a bit tangy, lingering hops which are quite grassy and and also citrusy in nature. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, smooth, full bodied. Liking this quite a bit, but not loving it. Not sure why.
Stew41 (1808) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting wine. Imperial whetas beer? Quite a mouthful with cooked sugary wheat malts, aniseed and some bitterness to finish. Big, chunky and earthy. Almost unique in some respects.
thebeertourist (5131) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Ushi-Tora I. Amber with a stable head. Alcoholic fruit with cigarette smoke aroma.The smoked hints continue in the mouth before peachy fruitiness takes over. Disappointing due to high expectations.
vanvenlo (1468) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
13-Aug-2010 (Slowbeer) - Sweet light malt and alcohol spiced citrus hop aroma. Hazy dark amber colour, low head and suds lacing. Big fruity hop sweet malt veggie spice favour. Big fruit hop bitter finish and slight tart aftertaste.
grapengrain (124) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
HUGE!!!! Lots of body and R/S - notes of malted barley sugars (I wonder why), orange, marmalade and cardamom and clove spice.
gam (3641) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small head good carbonation colour is salmon pink mist superb colour aroma grain fruit pine caramel mild alcohol floral note flavour sweet malted goodness wheat malt decent citrus hop bitter good pine taste caramel brandy alcohol finish strong malt flavours good bitter alround leaving a lasting good aftertaste