Ferris (8042) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Vintage 2008 - Vinous, sweet caramel and some oak. Cloudy orange with a rich head. Cotton candy, caramel malts, hoppy bitterness and a slight boozy burn. Great aroma, but for the age still a bit edgy.
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours with a muddy orange hued body with a lasting white head that leaves great lace. Aromas are of tea, caramel, faded citrusy hops (orange), marmalade, alcohol, lots of esters. Maybe a slight savory note. Flavors are complex, brandy, caramel, dark fruits, orange, estery, balancing alcohol, malty, drinkable big barleywine with a high bitterness. Lower carbonation, fuller bodied, warming. Tasty malt complexity with a lot of (somewhat faded) hops.
marcus (7671) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capitol Beer. Pours amber with a nice beige head head and a fruity treacle aroma. There is a slightly harsh dark molasses flavor with a bitter finish.
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Amber beer with a thin off-white head. Rich spicey, malty flavor with lots of caramelization. Caramel malt aroma with some earthiness. Hops present and backing, but don’t stand out. This just didn’t do it for me and I’m surprised to see so many high rankings. It’s just a lof of malty sweetness balanced with hops - there’s not a lot of complexity here and it gets tiring.
Ibrew2or3 (7511) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival.
Pours slightly hazy orange with off white head. The aroma is all resiny with pine hops to go along with an even and sweet malt background. The taste is moderately harsh with resiny grassy pine hops from front to back. Very IIPA like. I also get some malt sweetness attempting to smooth out the hops. The hops never really give any ground.
douglas88 (7330) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Baileys. Pours a deep amber color with a medium white head. A big sweet malty nose with some fresh citrus. The flavor is almost reminiscent of a wheat wine to me with light grainy tartness, very earthy, sweet toffee, yeast, some fruity hops. Pretty good. A bit of heat.
slowrunner77 (7207) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Dark fruit, caramel, and slight chocolate combine harmoniously in this aged (our draft was 3 years old) barleywine. Big alcohol was evident, but was warming, not hot. Full feel, slightly low on the carbonation, likely because of the age. Good brew. Still had a little hop bite even."
swoopjones (6966) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Coles, Buffalo NY> somewhat murky, deep orange amber color. British maltiness, Pledge furniture cleaner, pine, booze, orange rind. Fruity rich maltiness. somewhat watered down flavor. classic BW flavors are present, rich maltiness, booze but just doesnt come off sharp or strong. Decent at best
Radek Kliber (6691) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Coles
Aroma big heavy malts right up front with solid dose of west coast hopping. Aroma rather typical what you would expect from Bear Republic not of barleywine.7+
Appearance amber with light haze. Good creamy top. Fine lace on glass.4-
Flavor and Palate : Big heavy body. Sticky sweet malts that are easily balanced by equally massive amount of hops. Texture itself was mild making this colossus quiet drinkable. Mature offering.
blankboy (6632) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Rattle ’N’ Hum, NYC. June 2. Pours a murky copper with a small diminishing creamy white head and lots of lacing on the glass. Nice aroma is fruity and hoppy along with caramel malt and bit of spice. Flavour, again is fruity and hoppy along with caramel malt and alcohol. Nice bitter finish. Medium bodied. Great stuff, an easy to drink version of the style.