alexsdad06 (3827) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smaller flip top bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have some of the caramel and fruitiness of a barley wine, but also the tart, woody, strange character of beers that become soured. the ABV remains mostly hidden due to the other things going on.
jgb9348 (4285) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled Horizontally with the Terrapin Version of this beer
Slightly muddied ruby tinted body with deep mahogany and brown highlights, some bubbles and a very nice orange glow - no movement at all. Aroma of sour grapes, oak, alcohol, caramelised sugars, toffee and a huge note of yeast - straight from a belgian lambic. Medium-bodied; Super sour flavour at first - wasn’t expecting that at all from the bottle label - with some light earthy, sugar notes, a little malt flavour and a grapey, herbal, super dry note at the end. Aftertaste shows a good complexity with the sour notes really winning out here coupled with a good pit fruit flavour and depth, but the alcohol is super well hidden, this tastes like a gueuze at around 5/6% not a barley wine at all. Overall, not expecting this beer 1 iota, but it turned out to be a very nice beer, altbeit not a barley wine in the slightest. Get this to do the same horizontal tasting, but if you can’t find the terrapin, get this if you like sour beers and not if you like barley wines! I sampled this stubby, swing-top 33 cL bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 22-April-2012 for US$9.95 sampled at home in Washington on 22-June-2013.
Bottled 2011//Purchased April 2012//Sampled June 2013
Westmeister (1303) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Tappeze Pub Athens, GA. So, if you just throw anything you know as a barleywine and the expectations surrounding it out the window, then this is not a bad beer. Muddy red/brown pour with no head. Taste is old wood, berry sourness, alcohol, astringent, apple. Just odd and if you had the version made in Athens, you will know that these are no where near the same beer. I would expect some bugs got in this one, accident or not.
EricTeusink (437) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
How do you rate a beer that is completely off-style, yet still drinkable? I was told these bottles were infected by a friend after dropping eight bucks on a twelve ounce bottle. Sour, sour, sour. Pours beautiful brown raspberry color. The beer is completely flat and produces no head. Not a barleywine. Sour cherries and unripe strawberries dominate. Bottle - Ale Yeah! - Decatur, GA
magsinva (826) - Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Bruisin Ales 2011 version - pours still murky ruby with no head. Aroma is sour cherries, vanilla, and funky. Taste is more sour ale then barley wine, but it doesn’t quite work as a sour ale either. There is this bitterness that comes through on the finish that becomes more pronounced as it warms. Weird.
Beergeek23322 (1706) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
November 2012. Bottle. Malty and fruity aromas. Pours red brown with a small head. Flavors of dark fruits, malt, alcohol and caramel.
DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Squat flip-top from Capone’s. Pours dark brown with minimal tan head. Nose is oaky cherry, run, some lactose and tannins. Tastes very tart, funky, with notes of cherry, lactic tartness, mild funk, and oak. This one is mis-categorized, and should be a sour ale.
oh6gdx (19652) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled (thanks bov). Deep hazy amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is alcohol, tart wood, and some earth. Flavour is sweet malts, alcohol and some mild resiny notes.
olio (4819) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle @ wPBF’13.
Pours dark hazy copper color with no head. Aroma of fruits, dark berries and yeast. Flavor of dark berries, dark dried fruits and some toffee notes. Sourish juicy palate.
laiti (4550) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl bottle @ wPBF’13
Aroma has oaky notes, sourish cherries and some vinegar. Flavour is sweet with oaky notes, vinegar, tart cherries and juicy notes. Too sweet, too oud bruin.