PorterPounder (5763) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - Bull Run (Thomasville Rd) - 22 oz bottle. Pours a slightly murky medium copper with a thin off-white colored head, bit of lacing. Faint trace of nuttiness, spruce and cherries in the aroma. Flavor has some heavy malty undertones, a nice dose of raisins and dates, a touch of citrus bitterness and some molasses in the back end. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Good middle of the road Barley Wine.
vipinvelp (2446) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasting at Rockwell Tavern. This confirms again, not too fond on Barley Wines. Opaque orange, off-white foam. Alcohol content, light sour taste. (Houston 201501)
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber pour with an off white head. Aromas of toffee, dark fruits, and a touch of brown sugar. Flavor is big sweet malts upfront with a touch of floral hops in the finish. Very drinkable, the abv is well hidden. Solid barleywine.
Pailhead (5205) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate toffee, caramel, honey, brown sugar, light fruit, and some aged citrus hops. It pours a hazy (bordering on cloudy) bright amber with a small off-white head that fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is some minimal thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and light fruit. The finish has some light honey, aged citrus hops, and a touch of alcohol. Itís medium-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, if you like American Barley Wines, this will be right up your alley. For me, itís a style that I find that Iím liking less and less over time...just personal preference.
DCLawyer (1559) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle tasting. Copper/orange with small white head. Very hoppy, with brown sugar, caramel, and booze. Bittersweet. Somewhat offputting cardboard notes. Not my favorite.
BeerdedDave (627) - - SEP 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
deep amber color; sweet malt aroma with dark fruit notes; great sweet malt flavor yet well balanced with some nice floral hops; lots of dark fruit flavors and caramel notes
Ferris (5278) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Caramel malts and lots of woody, resinous hops. Clear orange copper with a decent beige head. Orange, caramel, citrus and woody hop notes, slight bit of booze and a nice sweet finish. Not bad, but nothing particularly special.
Bulk_Carrier (2312) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I received this beer in a trade.
The appearance is a nice semi-golden hazy orange to brown color with a nice one finger white foamy head that concaves nicely leaving a nice clingy lacing.
The smell has a super nice authentic sweetened honey invading with a delicate floral hoppiness that ends up combining slightly with a light grassy/herbal leatheriness. Some tobacco ends up entering in along with some light caramel malts.
The taste takes those previously mentioned flavors and combines to meet a nice bitter to sweet earthiness. There is a decent sweet floral yet honey sweetened aftertaste leading to a dry bitter finish.
On the palate, this one sits about a medium on the body and has a smoother carbonation than I expected for a barleywine. Sipper? Well, one would think since its a barleywine at 10%, but actually, Iím getting a decent sessionable aspect to it.
Overall, Iíve had Bellís Hopslam over the years and if thereís any barleywine remotely close to that, this would be it. I didnít find a date anywhere on the bottle. I wish I knew how old this bottle was. Still, I say this was a good beer that I would have again, but am unsure if its a true barleywine.
tcane7 (1669) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with medium beige head that quickly dissipates and some lace. Nose of sweet caramel, brown sugar, cardboard, earthy hops. Medium body, very sweet and warming.
Aurelius (4453) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber with a bronze gilt label and a creepy looking dude. Brownish-apricot colored beer with a stiff tan head. Big, caramel malty, slightly buttery aroma with a good whack of hops. Strong bittering, prominent ABV, caramel, fairly sweet but that gets masked with the other big flavors. Mouthy, like melted taffy. Long woody-bitter aftertaste. Good brew on a brisk night. New Leaf Market.
r464 (1950) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber in color with a large tannish head. Deep dark fruit flavors (raisin, fig) and caramel malt. Strong and full, leading to a punchy finish that includes some hops.