Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle
Thanks to tastybeer for sharing a gem from the Smokestack Series. I’ll have to be careful not to take them for granted since I can pick them up at any time. This may be not an outstanding barleywine but it is relatively affordable and accessible.
Aroma / Appearance - The huge billowing head surges before it collapses to about two fingers height. A coppery base invites more reflection. Wheat bread, hops, and a strong malt bill drive attention to the fact this is not a lightweight beer.
Flavor / Palate - A wheat driven flavor profile warms the palate sip after sip. The hops might have mellowed a bit in time but this still has a punch. Caramel and chocolate wrap up a sweet texture. This is a good deal at $7.49 locally if it hits shelves again.
bpreo (1892) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2015
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Kansas City, Missouri to Eugene, Oregon. The beer was like nothing I have ever tasted before. It is so hard to describe, so I won’t even try.
revoltingblob (1) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 11, 2015 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle. Nice color & aroma. Great taste. Definitely going to buy this again
glennmastrange (2379) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate cereal and light bread for the malt, light herbs and dried grass for the hops, moderate dough for the yeast, with hints of banana, clove, alcohol and some light dried fruits. Head is average size, fizzy/frothy white with good lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is clear medium amber. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet. Palate is medium to full, oily, with a lively carbonation. A tasty Barley Wine with a lot of German Hefeweizen nuances from the wheat.
reebtogi (4555) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml corked bottle pours a golden orange color with a huge off-white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is light fruits with some grains and hints of yeast. Taste is a light fruit and grainy malt sweetness with a light spicy hop bitterness finishing with a mild dry white wine finish. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation that tickles the tongue nicely. Overall, this is quite well done, both balanced and tasty. Recommended.
BrewBoxer (2353) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at one mile house NYC . More of a wheat wine then a barley wine. Very nice delicate flavor with a booZy richness
ludhaber (85) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
March madness 2015. Aroma is weak but the beer is interesting with a good blend of fruity notes, oak, malt and hops. Well done twist. It is drier than I would expect a wheat wine to be, compared to say aventinus.
bigben873 (153) - Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
March Madness 2015 - I would not consider this a barley wine ale Although it has a few of the same charateristics, it is not malty and tastes very wheaty. It is a wine style, but that is as far as I would go. Nothing offensive about this beer, but since I am not a fan of wheat beers, nothing to write home about either.
Gachupines (1018) - USA - MAR 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy golden with a thick white head. Aroma is wheat with a bit of barnyard. Flavor is light, what with a relatively bright finish. Very effervescent with a crisp finish.
hopwine (479) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nose is big oak/vanilla/coconut, pineapple, and pear. Flavor is same with oak and fruity hop flavors dominating. Very good and unique
JHeath99 (1289) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours a hazy amber with a layer of thin fleeting head. Aroma and taste of wheat, caramel, some dark fruits, hint of booze.