5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Vintage 2011. Deep amber with copper hues, clear and vibrant, moderate frothy head, sand colored, with spotty lacing. Big whiff of caramel and toffee, not too sweet, some biscuit and slight saltiness. Big malty rye start, warming, caramel and toffee follow. Slight touch of whiskey and also salted taffy. Not hot at all, but still has a green bitterness about it. Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full. Finishes with a husky maltiness, sweet and caramel like. Lingering rye whiskey flavors. Good, but could use a bit more body and caramel sweetness to counteract the alcohol and husky finish.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks, Chris! Very smooth with a bit of caramel and toffee sweetness. Medium body and low carbonation. A bit of bitterness to the finish.
trevor211 (1595) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver 2013. Cloudy orange pour, with boozy fruit and butterscotch on the nose. The flavor has *way* more depth than the aroma, adding an earthy rye note that ups the complexity, and some nuance to the caramel/fruit. Quite good -- it develops really nicely in the mouth.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle served in a Black Raven curved pint glass. Thanks to OakedCanuck for the bottle. Thanks Colin!
A: Pours a clear amber color with some dark brown highlights. A light brown head forms on the pour and recedes very slowly to a thin film. Nice retention. The head leaves some sticky sheets of lace down the glass.
S: Lots of caramel sweetness up front. Some mild dark fruit, mostly raisin, with a little bready malt as well. Slightly boozy as well. Light rye whiskey, but it’s hard to pull out.
T: Sticky caramel sweetness. Underlying hops. A little citric in nature, sorta like candied grapefruit. A little booze with some oxidation that has brought out a sherry like character. A little booze with some dark cherry. Some light herbal spice, maybe the rye whiskey barrel.
M: Medium bodied, a little sticky, but surprisingly drinkable. Smooth and sweet finish with a medium low carbonation level.
O: A very nice barleywine that has aged gracefully. I’m glad I have a second bottle to sit on for a while as I think it’s going to develop a lot more and become more complex.
Serving type: bottle
Sledutah (6896) - Utah, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Clear golden/brown with a medium sized off-white head and good lacing
Aroma and flavors of toasted malts, brown sugar and citrus
Very good, clean
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange, little head. Aroma of dark fruit, toffee. Taste has a nice malt body, some roast and citrus. Low carbonation, smooth texture.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber with little head. Candy and licorice, vanilla and caramel, maybe a bit of toffee. Very sweet smell. Taste is like the smell; lots of vanilla up front, malt, oak, and almost marshmallow comes up after. Bit of booze on the end. Good carbonation, medium to full bodied. Damned good barley wine.
mcberko (13254) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap for Hard Liver ’12, pours a cloudy orange amber with a small head. Aroma of toffee, liqueur-covered fruits, candied sugar and booze. Flavour of booze, brandy-like liqueur, caramel malts and toffee. Full-bodied, complex and well-balanced. Very solid.
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good Barleywine. 2010 vintage. Light rust/amber color. The nose is filled with allspice and cinnamon. Full bodied with brandy/cognac flavors. This needs more time to come together.
jsquire (4106) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the ’12 GABBF. This beer has won best barley wine for two years in a row now. They were serving a keg of the 2010 vintage. Murky copper color with a thin yellowish head. Rich buttery sweet nose. Great mouthfeel with a warming alcohol sensation. Subtle whiskey barrel notes with some oak and rich dark caramel sweetness. Hop burn on the tongue. Really well balanced. Well deserving. I missed trying this beer last year and I made sure to be towards the front of the line this year.