drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was expecting a straight up Barleywine but I was pleasantly surprised that when I put it up to my nose, there was a bit of sourness to it. It was nice. Aroma is full of sourness, oak, funk, and spice. Taste is more of the same really. It really tasted a lot like a Flanders Red Ale to me and I loved every bit of it. Something I would sip on again. Don’t expect a Barleywine here, expect something different.
Lukaduke (2153) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a murky dull sienna color with a trace of eggshell film. Nose is composty with ketchup, mustard and barbecue notes mingling with a stale caramel sweetness a hint of vinegar and more rubbish on a warm day. Not very inviting... but actually the palate has less rubbish notes and more sour fruit and rotten apple, moldy cherries, underlying sweetness, weird condiment vinegar late palate... interesting but not really my thing.
zach8270 (3439) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2014
1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
(bottle - 330 ml flip top - 2011 vintage) Copper pour with no head. Sour and vinegar aroma. Sour and vinegar in the flavor with a sickly sweet aftertaste. Had to dump it. Something clearly went wrong with it. But what kind of a barley wine turns after not even 3 full years? Major disappointment.
john_henry (100) - - JUN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a flat murky deep dark brown/red with no head. Light vinous aroma. Tastes slightly acidic, vinous with very little sweetness, but well balanced. Overall a very enjoyable beer I look forward to visiting again.
nimbleprop (4847) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 22, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
33cl bottle via trade. Pours a murky brown with basically zero head. Nose has an odd mix of booze, wood pulp and strawberry jam, a little brown sugar, some nail polish, rhubarb. Flavor is really strange, tart, cherries and currants, some stewed mustard greens, a little raspberry vinaigrette, pickled swiss chard stems, oily, a bit medicinal. Oily finish. Very strange. Definitely infected, but also poorly made.
pras (445) - Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like others have said, this probably got infected. If it got infected, they should figure out what happened and replicate it. Sometimes, mistakes have really good results. This is a very interesting brew because in the nose it smells 100% like a barley wine. It has a strong raisin note, with other dried fruits along with it. Taste is oak, and then pure sour funk. Finishes with a nice bitter bite in the back of the throat (perhaps from the rye). Alcohol is well hidden. My only regret is not having another bottle to save for later.
wedgie9 (1893) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 30, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted on 4/30/14 from a swing-top 330mL bottle purchased at Bruisin’ Ales. Pours clear, dark mahogany with no head, but some thin bubbly lace that quickly disappears. Beers like this are always hard for me to judge. If it were classified as a Sour or Wild Ale, I would rate it much higher, but being classified as a Barley Wine I am pretty sure that it is just infected. The nose is tart and sour ala an oud bruin, but with a ton more sweet caramel and vanilla rum aroma. The flavor is the same, very sour with the same caramel, toffee, and vanilla barrel-aged barley wine from the nose. The body is full and tannic with zero carbonation and a long sour and sweet oak finish.
HellesBunny666 (180) - Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2014
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Caramel, vanilla, woodsy smells. Tart sour taste, kinda flat carbonation. Sour berries, caramel, hints of vanilla, rum, yeast, funky. Dark and cloudy color. Weird, not a favorite.
Emeister84 (960) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of caramel and faint vanilla, tart green apple and tart cherry, and burnt sugar. Murky light brown, raw cider-like, no head. Dry, sour, funky, with some astringent herbaceous notes as well as tart berry and cherry fruit, light maltiness. Light bodied, sharp, sour. Not much of a barleywine, but an interesting beer for sure.
jkwood04 (3891) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small bottle in a tasting glass. Pours deep amber with a small head. Aroma of tartness, light toffee and caramel from the malts, light oak, and hints of oak and notes of rum. Flavor the same. Average texture. An interesting beer.
TimE (3154) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
No head, the nose is much more like an oude bruin, than a barley wine. Fairly tart with wood, cherries, green apples. The mouth shows low carbonation with modest amount of tartness, lots of dark cherries and apples. Well balanced and alcohol extremely well hidden. Lingering oaky finish. Nice. I can’t understand why the ratings for this are so low.