hopscotch (8242) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft... RBSG ‘08... Looks like caramel in a glass with a small, creamy, lightly tanned head. Terrific retention. Plush, lightly acidic, caramelly aroma. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and subdued carbonation. Bows toward the bitter side of balance... citrus and earthy hops are layered upon a caramel malt backbone. Lengthy, caramel and grapefruit rind finish.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ the homebrew store - This version was 9%. Deep coppery orange, creamy off white head. Nose held rich notes of sweet caramel, pine, and earth, with touches of brown sugar within. Well balanced flavors of all the above from start to finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Good stuff...
decaturstevo (4157) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep copper pour with a yellow green head. A solid raisin and other dried fruit on the nose. A flavor of oak, oranges, and dried fruit taking up the slack. Palat is just a bit thin. A good beer all round complex and very different from most BW’s.
Ibrew2or3 (5823) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Hamilton’s. Pours a gorgeous clear amber with long lasting tan head and sheet lacing. The aroma is a bit mild with highly roasted malts and faint fruity esters. It smells mildly barleywine like. The taste is roasty and hoppy, wow. Highly roasted malts, some crystal malts (90L maybe), Special B, a hint of chocolate and an abundance of pine hops. The hops aren’t too bitter though. They are either including some late addition hops or the malt bill is so strong it pushes over the hop bitterness. This is really a big load of malts and lacks some of the dark fruity esters and kettle caramelization of the style I’m used to. Seems more like it might be an American Strong.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at the brewery. Nice hoppy flavors in this barley wine. Some fruitiness. Excellent!
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..
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2/19/05. On tap at Toronado Barleywine Festival ’04 in San Francisco, CA 2/19/05. Glossy clear, dark red-orange amber. Very good appearance with a lingering tan head. Good lacing that sticks lightly and a tidal wave of fast reverse lacing. Nose is very freshly hoppy, almost green, and nicley balanced to a red-amber "Hop Whompus"-like hop medley and malt tickle. Sweet and inviting with floral nectar richness. Too much carbonation foam feeling, not much flavor. Plain brittle bitterness and low malt backing. Very dry finish that picks up some of the slack, brightly bitter with a little grass and some dead leaves. Very disappointing after a promising start.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer poured a brownish red color w/ orange hues; thin lasting head and lacing. The aroma had caramel, dark fruit, slight citrus, and plum/raisin notes. The flavor had dark fruit, caramel, malts, slight citrus and hop notes. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, and creamy w/ a dry finish.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted this last night on tap at Pizza Port’s strong ale fest in carlesbad. Poured with a big frothy head, somewhat unusual for a barleywine. Color was red/amber and quite pretty. Flavor profile reminded me of Green Flash’s 2nd anniversary barleywine (one of my favorites) but without quite as many roasty notes. Quite good.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at the "Twisted Stick", one of iceman’s favorite dive bars. Had this one for his going away party.
This is a very easy to drink barleywine, Malty & sweet up front, but not too heavy, it was slightly tangy on the finish. Very nice.