JaBier (4528) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Alehouse. Pours a cloudy light brown with a medium tan head. Dank English malt nose with some earthy hops and alcohol. Dank malt flavor with lots of bitter hops, a bit of booze and a bitter finish. Not bad overall, but a little too English for me.
egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a cloudy red brown color with a medium sized, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, light floral hops, citrus, nuts, and toast. Taste of toasted malts, nuts, caramel, citrus fruits, light smoke, and a bitter, hoppy finish.
vikingbeercbus (34) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the Alehouse. Name caught my attention. Weak nose, very light aroma. Beautiful brown coloring with light caramel coloring. Quarter inch head, light foaminess. Lacing lasts throughout the drink. Moderate hops, nuts, toasted. Thick but not overbearing palate. Bitter finish, long finish. I’d drink it again, solid beer.
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - FEB 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to hopdog for passing this growler onto me. Pours a mostly hazy deep amber with a medium off white head that left tons of lacing. Aroma of spicy noble hops, caramel, toasted malt, floral notes, light chocolate notes, surprised at how hoppy this was...but more noble than "citrusy". Flavor of some resiny hops, moderate hop bitterness, toffee, nuts, toasted malt and grapefruit. This was interesting...not sure I would really consider it an altbier.
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2009 Thanks to moejuck for the Growler! Poured a deep/dark and cloudy amber color with a large sized off white head. Nice lacing left on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, toasty, floral, and some nuttiness. Tastes of chocoalte, nutty, the same toastiness, caramel, and lightly fruity.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours a dark brown color with hardly a head. Aroma is sweet malts, dark fruit, raisin. Flavor is dark fruit, chocolate, raisin, caramel. palate is medium to full bodied, mild carbonation finished lightly sweet. Somewhat watery mouthfeelm I think from the lack of carbonation. So-so at best, like most of Barleys stuff.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Firkin at the Alehouse. Pours dark brown/black with a cobweb of huge fat clear bubbles for a head. Aroma is subtle at first but eventually I pick up red grapes, raisin, faint chocolate, a tiny bit of toasty malts and chocolate and maybe just a hint of hops buried somewhere. Taste is smooth and creamy from the firkin with a flavor of subtle dark fruits and roast with a bitter finish. Not very hoppy but bitterness is definitely evident. I knew nothing of this beer when I ordered it. I thought it tasted like a mix between a brown, porter, and Belgian. Interesting concept but not one of my favorite Barley’s beers.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source: Brewfest, Real Ale Festival
dark amber, fruity malty aroma, rich malt flavor, slightly sweet, low bitterness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
Tmoney99 (10076) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Brewhouse #1. Poured cloudy brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex balanced aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Moderate balanced flavor with a bittersweet finish of average duration. Good drinkable brew.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A buddy at work brought me this growler fresh from the brewpub in Columbus. Pours about as pretty as a beer can be - chestnut brown with a thick tan head. Thick foamy lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. Aroma of molasses, buckwheat blossom honey, and strong columbus hops. Flavor is mildly roasty and sweet, along with a subtle nuttiness followed by a blast of hoppiness, which sticks around for a long finish. Relatively thick bodied with smooth carbonation. This is a very good beer. I know this borders on sacrilege to some, but I wish they had used a less pungent hop variety in this. EKG or Hallertauer would have worked beautifully, in my opinion. Those who like Columbus hops will love this beer.