Sammy (8026) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler straight away from the brewpub, courtesy of Sliffy at the Ohio International gathering. Dark Orange colour with C aroma, too hoppy for my preferred English barleywine palate. White head. Bitter and very hoppy, with sugar and toffee and carmel thrown in. Doesn’t all go together for the style.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler: Orange in color with a white head. Aroma, citrus and earthy hops, some malt to it in the back ground. Flavor, caramel and brown sugar up front, and then a big citrusy and earthy bitterness kicks in. Really nice, alcohol isn’t very apparent. Damn this is good stuff.
dwyerpg (4306) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is easily the most bitter, hoppiest barleywine I’ve had. My parents hate it, but their just Weak! I like it, but not quite as much as their stout.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Alehouse #1 - Pours deep amber cloudy with a fair offwhite head. Aroma of caramel malts. toffee, and a shade of c-hops. Flavor is big bold robust caramel malts, a bit of vanilla, blended beautifully with some nice grapefruit hops. Palate is thick and hearty as a barly wine should be. Smooth and very drinkalble though.. Only a bit of the alcohol can be found.> This is good!
BeerDork1968 (1) - USA - OCT 10, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Off of the firkin cask this beer was copper hued. Due to cask conditioning the pint was less than clear but the palate was divine. with a slight naturally carbonated head. Aroma is strong. The ale is well balanced for a strong ale (12%).
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottled courtesy of JCW.Pours a copper-rust,clear with no head.The aromas off this can all be easily defined as toffee or caramel,syrupy malts,bananas and a light dusting of hops.Nice,tasting this I was happily surprised that the hops play a nice roll in offsetting some of the sweetness of the malts.I was expecting much more syrupiness.Nice body and mouthfeel.Thanks again John for two very good brews.
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper/orange hued brew with small offwhite head that takes a short ride. Nose of sweet malts, fruity, light melon notes. Medium body, slick. Flavors of toffee, light honey, sweet malts, caramel, some alcohol bite and faint hop notes in the background. Finish is medium sweet with the hops and alcohol adding a goodly nip in the end. Thanks go out to JCW for a hand bottled 12ozer of this lovely brew. Thanks John!
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity aroma - mix of hops and esters. Amber color, off-white head. Rich, complex flavor, sweet malt, ripe fruit, citrus, hops, hop bitterness, and peppery alcohol (in that order). Full bodied, syrupy. Best offering from Barley’s on the night I was there.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Initially, when cold, this is a syrupy sweet mess. When warmed, it does indeed get grainy and hop bitterness blasts through. Good but not great. Slippery mouthfeel. High alcohol.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand bottled courtesy of JCW: Pours a bright copper brown with a thin off-white and lightly lacing head. Sweet rich caramel butterscotch English barleywine aroma with a touch of hops and lemon citrus. Starts rich and syrupy with some earthiness turning much more dry and grainy toward the finish. Hides it’s alcohol well, but could be a touch more balanced. Still an enjoyable barleywine though. Thanks John!