Dogbrick (9813) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample during the 10th Annual Day Before Labor Day Party on 09/06/2015. Clear reddish-amber color with a medium thin light beige head that dissipates quickly to a wispy film. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Malt, fruit and caramel in the nose. Medium to full body with flavors of caramel malt, cherry and slight hops. The finish is chewy with a fruity and malty aftertaste. Decent overall.
jdchamp (15) - - JUN 7, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one stole my heart. While debating what to get next at a World of Beer, our server brought me this beauty - on sample. Great lingering taste and flavor. This is one to include if you?re in the mood for barleywines. My wife is taking it from me right now...
miyauchi38 (898) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
kaser (4337) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich vanilla and Carmel taste I think. Weird iPa. Not bad not great. Had this poured in small glass from draft at the American Beer Classic 2015.
rosenbergh (8865) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at the Bridgeport Brewery Co, Portland, OR.
Deep amber colour with a tiny white head. Mild sugary sweet and malty aroma. Sugar, malt, alcohol and more alcohol in the flavour. Not my favourite.
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Darkmagus82 (2055) - - MAR 31, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a tiny head of white foam. The head fades super fast leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer consists of a mix of a sweet and hoppy smells. The strongest of the aromas is that off a caramel smell, which is mixed with some fruity smells of raisin and plum. The hoppy smells are mainly herbal and earthy in nature, with these aromas all mixing with a decently strong boozy oak smell producing a rather moderately hopped and boozy aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins a mix of sweet and hop as was depicted in the nose. Some caramel and a little bit of molasses are the forefront of the sweet and are mixed with a hint of apple and raisin at the start. Along with the sweet, is a little bit of hop, with it mainly of an earthy and herbal nature. The two hop flavors grow stronger and stronger as the taste advances to the end and are joined by a decent boozy taste. The boozy taste begins initially as a more warming vodka flavor, with it taking on more and more oak and sharp booze as the taste gets to the end. With the sweet fading a little bit and slight increase in the maltiness, one is left with a rather boozy, harsh, and somewhat sharply hopped barleywine flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thin for a barleywine of 9.2% with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. A thicker body and lower carbonation would have certainly been better for the style and made for a more flavorful and less boozy tasting brew overall.
Overall – Not really one I enjoyed too much. The hops were OK, but the oaky and harsh booze mixed with a little bit of sweetness at the end really took away from the beer as they just did not meld very well. For those reasons and the rather poor mouthfeel, the brew make for one that I will not frequent too often.
mjg74 (2891) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Safeway. Bottling 15. (9.2%) Pours a very dark fig sort of color. Maybe prune. Rich sweet malty nose with a lot of dark fruitiness. Some hop notes as well. Malty with big oak flavors up front. Some dark fruit as well. Some more oak and a touch of vanilla. Some hoppiness with a touch of booze in the finish. Really tasty. Love the wood.
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap, amber pour, white head, nose is malty, taste is malty, caramel, rich, strong, boozy
Ernesto987 (4856) - Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2015
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottle, more garbage water. Sweet and trashy. Foul smell. How do you screw up a barleywine this bad? Undrinkable.
ttoadee (1027) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cherry amber pour, compact off-white head,scant lacing. Nose is floral, with smoky malt. Bittersweet. Middle is all over the place; pencil shavings, ginger, licorice, sweet malt and alcohol. Finishes almost like a Madeira with hops. This is a sipper.