Brigadier (2740) - 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. Iíll 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.
Beergeek23322 (1954) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3/5/2014. 750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Pours amber color with a white head. Aromas of sweet fruit, caramel, malt, grapes. Flavors are somewhat sweet at first, but with bitter hops following through. Very enjoyable.
burg326 (3085) - Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a pale orange color with aromas of wheat, booze, light toffee and some more booze. Flavors are the same decent beer.
OldGrowth (2418) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from, dammit, I forget, anyway, good aroma, sweet. Toasted wheat, oak/ vanilla, little citrus, on the orange side. 1st pour clean orange color, bid initial head that faded to a ring, no lace, just a steady ring. Sweet flavor. Medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, sweet drying finish. Nice, I wonít say it overwhelms me, but itís good. Getting a fair amount of the wheat, but oak leads the way. Sometimes think Iím getting some yeasty spice, but think Iím crossing up some of the barrel. Worth a try.
tobias (199) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle: hazy, bright copper color with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma of intense citrus, candy/bubble gum, peach, pineapple with hints of spiciness. Flavors are apple, peach, citrus with Hints of banana, spice, flowers. Lively carbonation. Finish is relatively dry. Nice balance.
ineedbeer (516) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle dated 2010-01.
Aroma is interesting and fairly fruity with light stone fruit, overripe pear and red apple. Some light alcohol spice in the finish and medium light wheat notes. Not really any hop character.
Pours a slightly golden orange with a medium small, white head that recedes quickly to the edges where it lingers a bit. No lacing and medium small legs.
Flavor has a moderate sweetness with a lot of fruit character. Tons of light stone fruit, pear and apples. Some medium alcohol spice in the finish. No hop flavor and only low bitterness. Some low honey notes from oxidation, but this has otherwise aged pretty well. A light toasted bread note.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium to medium low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low to medium alcohol warmth.
Overall an alright beer, but it really lacks any hop character to balance the sweetness. The malt character is also sweet and a bit one dimensional. Not much in the way of maillard reaction flavors or aromas.
jkwalking05 (3393) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Backlog) 750 mL bottle. The look is a big foamy white head and orange in color. The smell is wheat, fruits, malts, banana, and citrus. The taste is sweet, alcohol, malts, citrus, and fruits.
gschrade (425) - Collinsville, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours orangish with a white head. Taste citrus, fruity, sweet. I thought this was good. I could drink this again.
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pushkinwow (1822) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a heavy amber with beige head with some sediment that escaped out of the bottle. Some chardonnay, light citrus hops, green apple skins, hints of pepper; full body, moderate carbonation, dry, somewhat bitter at first and grows more so yet still remains balanced, tasty.
MadRobin (1603) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 750 ml bottle after cellaring fog one year.
Clear, bright amber with a huge off-white head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of intense bananas, pineapple, caramel, tropical fruit and spice.
Taste of hot cloves, bananas, pineapple, apples, caramel, tropical fruit, yeast, wheat and spices.
Medium body and medium/high carbonation.
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CampesinoTino (714) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked & Caged 750 ml Bottle. Pours a bright golden orange color with plenty of sea foam head and carbonation spirals throughout the glass. Aroma is a blend of apricot, citrus, Belgian yeast and white wine. The taste is similar with plenty of lemon, pineapple, white grape and peach at the start. After that thereís some honey, clove and oak in the finish. Lots of active carbonation and creaminess in the body while the alcohol keeps a low profile. Overall, tastes like a tropical fruit and citrus flavored Belgian Tripel. Not sure why RB categorizes it a Barley Wine.