Leighton (6921) - London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Brouwerij Lane with Seth. Part of a five barley wine tasting. Pours clear copper with pretty much no head. Tangy nose with hints of cherries. Medium sweet flavor, very tangy, some ripe fruits, dark sugars. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Slightly warming to finish, some tarty cherries. Interesting. Decent.
Dfonorow (710) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour is dark brown with absolutely no head. I poured it violently to try and create one but nothing. Aroma is very tart with hints of rye bread and plums. Flavor is sharp vinegar, wet rye bread, and some sweetness. It tastes like a strange mix between a sour brown ale and a imperial rye ale. Just doesn’t work in my opinion.
omhper (17456) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, thanks Bov! Cloudy orange/brown, no head. Tart woody nose. Full bodied with some malt sweetness and soft mouthfeel. Concentrated citricity, some cranberry and caramel, plenty of rhum. Typical BFM beer, intense, complex, acidic and lovely!
bb (5888) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Mahogony beer with a dark cream colored head. Tart and earthy aroma with light dust. Tart and dark red fruit flavor with light sourness and light spice. Medium bodied. Light acetic notes linger with oak, earth, light sourness, light spice, and light malt.
Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to yoruefragile for sharing this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.
Pours a slightly-hazed ruby color with no real head or much of lacing. The nose has some rum and buttery oak, along with a bit of dark fruit and cherry. There’s some light vinegar there, though that is subdued in the flavor and aroma.
The flavor is more typical BFM. There’s some of the rum in there and a bit of spice, but mostly some fairly-brisk acidity plus light red-fruit notes. Light body and nearly flat. Dry and acidic finish. Quite good.
Marsiblursi (2952) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours hazy dark brown with orange highlight, almost no head. The flavour is spicy rye bread, liqueur, rum, vinegar, wood, coconut, cherries, green apples, spices, chemicals, caramel, honey, lactic acid and earthy hops. The flavour is light to medium sweet, light bitter and light to medium acidic. Tones of vinegar, wood, citrus, tart apples, cherries, coconut, chemicals, liqueur, rye bread and dry honey. The mouthfeel is tart and light sticky with a light carbonation. Vinegar, citrus acid and wood on the finish. Medium bodied.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml flip top bottle.
Pours a murky reddish amber with very little head, just some bubbles around the edges which recede quickly.
Aroma is tart cherries and rum with some spicy rye and more than a dose of lactic acid in the nose. I don’t get much barleywine notes, more like a sour.
I’m a little unsure how to review this with reference to barleywines. It’s got lots of vinegar sourness and some tart cherries up front with lots of rum and oak.
The mouthfeel is flat with no carbonation and typical of other BFM beers I’ve had. Lots of wood and more port-like than beer-like in terms of feel.
Well, this is one of the more unique examples of a barleywine I’ve ever tasted and it tastes much more like a sour brown than any barleywine I’ve had. In that respect I think it’s a solid beer just not comparable to a barleywine
pushkinwow (1336) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2011 Spike and Jerome’s Collaboration Ale 12oz bottle - thanks Lubiere, shared with him and Ian. Hazy dark amber with pretty much no head - some light brown bubbles around the outside of the glass. Raisin, caramel, lacto and vinegar, some oak and rum along with sour maraschino cherries. Low carbonation, moderate body, tart with a definite vinegar base, very dry. If BFM beers are your thing the you may like this - just not up my alley.
Lubiere (8239) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2011 Spike and Jerome’s Collaboration Ale. A hazed amber brown barley wine (or is it ryne) with a very thin, quasi nonexistent mocha head. In aroma, caramel and treacle with weird woody notes, sour cherries, a bit medicinal and off. In mouth, a raspy intense mouth feel, corky, ground cherries, light red fruits, medium bodied. Bottle bought at Bierkraft (13.49$ for a 12 on bottle...ughhh) shared with Pushkinnow and Ian, Jan. 14 2011, Bartowel Ottawa gathering.
50belair (1329) - Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Murky brown pour with no head. Aromas of apricot. Tart, with soy sauce and vinegar notes.