Sun Up Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Sampler. Strong, sweet, and sugary. Hides a lot of flaws, probably. There’s a note of plum in the aftertaste. I’m not sure if I’d have another, but it’s something I can enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Poured up on tap at Sun Up with clear deep copper with lasting off white head. The aroma is sweet with prunes, figs and pears as well as a bit of caramel candy too. The taste is much the same with sweet prunes and smashed ripe warmed cherries and then slick sweet sugary malts. It stays sweet with cherries, prunes and sugary malts as well as a bit of roasted malts as this heads into the finish. I get a faintly dry sense showing up form time to time likely from a bit of roasted malt astringency. This would be even amazing-er with some rye in it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2011
(On draught at the brewpub). Pours a clear mahogany color with thin tan head. Nice carbonation. Aroma has caramel, dried fruit (apricot?), vanilla. Taste is similar with brown sugar as well. Light bitterness. Medium bodied with sticky texture. Smooth finish with the alcohol showing some warmth. Pretty nice barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
8 month old bw on cask at the pub 8/22/10. hazy ugly brown color with a beautiful cascade and soft tan cask head. surprisingly hoppy aroma... other notes of dust, damp grain, leaves, pine, vanilla, florals and malty caramel. the flavor is the same only with a bittered finish. alcohol shows a little but it is not harsh. medium to full bodied with a slick smooth cask texture. 8/4/8/4/16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2011
On tap at the AZ Strong Beer Fest, February 2011. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. The nose is dark fruits, caramel, bready yeast and booze. The taste is toffee, dark fruits, caramel, earthy hops and booze. Medium bodied. A bit boozy but tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysus (1475) - Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Tap at AZSBF.Pour is brown-amber with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of toffee, vanilla, red berries, and earthy hops. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of candied pine and raw alc.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Dark brown pour. Aroma of caramel, toffee, yeast, bready notes, light vanilla and roasted malt. Flavor is lightly sweet, tar, candy sugar, syrup, pumpernickel bread. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3433) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2011
On tap; poured a rich auburn with not much head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, fruit, alcohol, and a touch of earth. Flavor of fruit punch, sweet malt, earth, alcohol, caramel and bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Tap at the brewery. Deep amber color pour with a nice sticky frothy head. Lots of caramel malt and ripe fruit, well balanced by a nice dose of grapefruit hops. A very good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2010 Sampled at 1702, Tucson February 2009
This arrives from the tap with a beautifully clear, dark amber hue that is topped by a frothy, lightly tanned, initially one-finger thick head. There is a weird fruitiness to the nose; sort of like cherry cough-syrup, that is huge and completely out of place in this beer, and, while it is not unpleasant, especially if one was to evaluate this as a cherry beer. I am really having a hard time smelling anything but the berry / cherry cough-syrup aromas that are in the nose.

The taste is quite sweet, thick feeling and rich, but again the cherry cough-syrup is the dominant note. There is a firm bitterness, though it is not enough to balance the sweetness. Flavors of cherry and sweet medicinal phenolics are an odd focus for a Barleywine. Some herbal, sugar-dried pine-needle notes and a candied citrus hop character are noticeable here too, if you dig around.

This is just weird and, ultimately, wrong. I am not sure what is going on with this beer. In its current state it might actually age into an interesting beer. Assuming this is not infected, then I don’t think the yeast were healthy enough to ferment this beast of a beer; lots of extra esters, fusels, phenols and higher alcohols don’t necessarily make this unbalanced, but it does make for a weird experience.

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