shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy amber red color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, caramel, some aged malts, alcohol, and some hops. Flavor is aged malts, caramel, some aged hops, and a nice bitter hop finish. This barleywine is great it combines the great aged barleywine flavor with the fresh hop bitterness.
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
NorCal tasting Feb 07 - This was a very tasty barleywine and something I can work with after a couple disasters from Ballast Point. A sweet, sweet nose with caramel being the biggest aroma. Underneath the carmael was a little brown sugar, some earth and even a little hops. Appearance was beautifully clear, with a maple syrup/deep dark golden color with a minimal head. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, but nothing major. Flavors were caramel, toffee, dark fruits. Everything was really nicely balanced.
Pwn3d (1959) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery event at Rattle n Hum. Courtesy of CUJO. Poured into a flute glass. Tons of molasses and brown sugar, soft vanilla smokey aroma..
Slipstream (1866) - USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Good Beer. Pretty hoppy finish on this barley wine. Mild aroma. Molasses sweetness to start, then moving to a more bitter hop taste. Good, but not really exciting.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh batch on draft at the brewery. Pours clear dark amber with a creamy yellow-beige head that lingered well and left nice lacing. Aroma of sweet malts and citrus / piney hops - according to the guy behind the bar, a combination of Chinook, Cluster, Centennial and dry hopped with Cascades. Flavor is very sweet and fruity, yet balanced with a big hop presence - orange and grapefruit with a noticible alcohol bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is full and spritely carbonated. This is still a young barleywine - though it could also classify as a hoppy american strong - and sure to change and mellow as it ages.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 Tried from tap at Ballast Point’s 11th anniversary celebration.
1. 2006. Palate getting a little burnt out by this time. Very dark amber color. Small bubble wispy head. Light grapefruit hop aroma and taste. Leans sweet, but still very hoppy, grassy,and young. Good, but not great, like the 1996/2006 blend. 7/4/7/3/17:3.8
2. 2006+1996 blend: Dark amber color. small microbubble head. Nice oak aroma, some caramelized malts. Aroma is somewhat mild. Sweet. Oxidation present, but in low levels. Excellent, excellent barleywine. A tiny bit of orange citrus hop bitterness. 8/4/9/4/18:4.3
zdk (1789) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at RnH - hoppy barley wine. citrus and astringent, sugary and some nuttiness. Over carbonated. not a big fan of this one.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks like maple syrup to me. Hints of burnt sugar and cake frosting in the head, the burnt candy thing makes up the body with some of that jager smoothly blended in there.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from tap at the brewery. Appearance is clear bodied amber hue with no real head. The aroma and flavors of this barley wine are more English tasting with the malt profile. A nice toffee and caramel flavor adds the sweetness to this brew. A good barley wine that has some unique notes.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. My favorite of all the 3 sheets variations, very hoppy, bold, sweet, bitter, really a complex beer that i think is at its peak right off the bat.