foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Ale House No. 1. Hazy copper with a small off-white head. Aroma of bready malts with hints of citrus and pine. Flavor is slightly sweet but balanced and bold. Big toffee and caramel with moderate hop bitterness and subtle dark fruit. Strong floral notes with fruity esters reminiscent of Belgian yeast. A medium body and well-concealed alcohol means this is surprisingly easy to drink. A great barley wine.
markwise (4089) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Snifter from the brewpub. Pours a hazy caramel orange with a white head. nose is American barleywine, but malty as hell. Smells of caramel, vanilla, honey, slight sharp citrus, and sweetness all over. Flavor echoes the sweetness balanced by the the citrus-leaning hops. Very enjoyable barleywine.
GJF (1152) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a flavorful, malty beer that is also subtle and lighter in body than many barleywines (I say as a good thing here). There is vanilla and spice in the flavor, a smooth maltiness and a bit of alcohol warming at the end. Nice.
bdigital (652) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask @ Alehouse #1....pours a dark amber. Nose is heavy on vanilla bean, brown sugar, dark fruits and has a bit of black pepper on the back end. Nice body...I am a big proponent of the body on all cask ale. Flavors were ridiculous, all of the aforementioned notes were apparent along with an enticing anise flavor on the mid-palate. Great brew...glad to have tried it
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2010 Reated: 5-22-10 from 3.3. Had on draft at Barleys Mini Real Ale Fest (Columbus). This was MUCH nicer today. Have no idea why, but it seemed smoother and sweeter, and the hops were much less prominent.
Nice nose of caramel and vanilla. Which leads you to believe it will be a much sweeter barley wine..surprisingly bitter and hoppy though which is not how I prefer mine. Very good, but I like them sweeter.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Barley’s 7th Annual Mini Real Ale Fest. Opaque copper color with a thin off-white head. Grassy hop aroma with a caramel malt balance. Malty flavor up front with a bitter hop finish. Nicely balanced.
Tmoney99 (9581) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample at MRAF 2009.
Poured hazy reddish copper color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate fruity and small malty aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy fruity bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.
This is a complex standout beer.
iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber, hand bottled by moejuck--thank you Joe. Cloudy orange caramel with a one finger creamy yellowish white head, good retention. Good job hand bottling, Joe! Pineapple and citrus hops atop a big sweet caramel malt backbone. I can only pick up on a small amount of spicy alcohol. Flavor is again pretty sweet with caramel malts and a fair amount of grainy malts. The alcohol is more apparent as well. The hops are present, but seem to take a bit of a backseat to the malts. Bitterness peaks around a 3-4 in the semi-dry finish. Low carbonation with a big fat full body. If it was just a little less sweet it’d make me happier--but then again BW are not my most favorite. As it is, it’s pretty good.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a hazy orange golden color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of grapefruit, citrus, honey, caramel, dark fruit. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of hops, grapefruit, citrus, honey, caramel and some hints of ripe dark fruit. Generally medium body with a sweet and floral finish.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of moejuck. Thanks buddy. Pours with copper core and gold edges with off white head. The aroma is full of hard orange candy, pine resin and a hint of dark fruity esters in the background. The taste is smooth and yummy with citrus orange to pine resiny goodness. It quickly moves toward mildly sweet grape jam, a hint of raisins and prunes. The dark fruity esters are much lighter in flavor than are the bittering hops. Very nice American style barleywine. Yum.