Glouglouburp (5944) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: A sweet syrupy and very fruity American Strong ale of some kind. Unsettling vinous/grape fruity character.
How: Bottle 12oz, about 1 year of age.
The look: Dark cloudy amber body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is unexpectedly vinous with notes of cherries, pomegranates and other fruity flavours I don’t want in an American Barley Wine. Taste is sweet, very sweet and fruity. Again a weird fruity character here. Sweet cranberry juice, sweet figs, sweet grapes, that type of stuff. Way too sweet. A little unpleasant grapes sourness. Syrupy body/mouthfeel. I didn’t like it. Weird peculiar beer that just didn’t feel right. As strangely put together as someone needing a hearing aid because of a plantar wart.
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cherrywood colored with a thick, tannish head. The aroma had touches of marsala and intimated an appealing full bodiedness, but the bouquet would not unravel. The body is alcoholic and at some points ether-like, but this was completely drinkable. However, this beer would reside on the lower end of my barleywine list---complexity never manifested itself.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 18, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled with egajdzis and eyedrinkale after the Philly gathering. Deep coarse reddish-brown...extremely vinous and sour nose, and a bit sour all the way through..light hops, sour cherry-grape notes, fairly thick and syrupy but without enough bitterness to keep from cloying until the very end, when hops take over but it’s too late, because the beer has, essentially, failed.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2010 Bridgeport Brewing Company--Old Knucklehead Barleywine Ale--1993 Release--7 oz. Bottle--9.10% ABV (4.0 / 5.0) Barleywine--Mixed With 2008 Stone. Aged well Mellow bisquit dulled sweet malty hop body. Mild lacy h ead.Cloudy dark amber brown red color. Mild fruit aroma. Mellow creamy mild tangy hot hint smooth spicy rich end. Sharp Original: Smooth Aged! Sampled 7/17/2008.
Bridgeport Brewing Company--Old Knucklehead Barleywine Ale--1994 Release--7 oz. Bottle--9.10% ABV, Barleywine--Have In Storage.
Bridgeport Brewing Company--Old Knucklehead Barleywine Ale--1997 Release--12 oz. Bottle--9.10% ABV. (2.0 / 5.0) Barleywine--Cloudy Rich Amber Color. Initially overpoweringly Sweet. Sweetness dissipates as alcohol bite in finish arrives. Still too sweet for me. Easier to taste than to drink. 10/31/1998
Bridgeport Brewing Company Old Knucklehead Barleywine Style Ale 1998 12 oz. Yes 9.10% 4.0 / 5.0 Barleywine Clear rich deep black cherry red color. Huge hoppy malty front followed by equally rich malty body. Rich flavorful sweetness with intense toffee caramel flavor. Smooth until hot alcohol finish. 12/27/1999
Bridgeport Brewing Company--Old Knucklehead Barleywine Style Ale--1999--12 oz. Bottle--9.10% ABV. Barleywine--Have In Storage.
Bridgeport Brewing Company--Old Knucklehead BarleyWine Style Ale--No 011--Fred Eckhardt--2003 Release--12 oz. Bottle--9.10% ABV. Barleywine--Have In Storage.
Fratto (2590) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big Texas Beer Fest. Dark orange pour with an off-white head. Aroma is honey, sweet, and, alcohol, almost piney. Taste is brown sugar, sweetness, and alcohol.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - APR 17, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours golden amber colored with a disappearing head. Sweet pilsener malt aroma with sour hints. Sharp and unbalanced flavor of sweet malt and citrus fruit. Since I normally love American barley wines this was a big dissapointment!!
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma: musty, floor cleaners, some citrus fruits, and brown sugar
Appearance: murky brown, little carbonation, little lacing
Flavor: musty, brown sugar, sweet alcohol, some plums, red grapes, and weird chemicals
Palate: smooth, slightly bubbly
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 6, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I didn’t quite cotton to this 2012 version. A little to sweet and strong for my taste. This dark orange brew was also a little chewy and viscous for me.
TAR (2441) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2001
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
1997 sampling: The least complex barleywine I have tried. Peppery and malty. Not enough body to age well. Dregs in the bottle are hard to leave in. I only poured 10 oz. in to avoid ruining it.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
First off, it's ugly as all hell. No head, and a weird kind of see-through purple color. A little bit of cherries in the otherwise boring aroma. Very thin and even a little fizzy. I pick up some nyquil underneath all that fizz. I can drink it, but only because I'm a sucker for barleywines. This is way short of what I'm looking for though. I won't be buying this again, especially because there's so many more to choose from that are so much better (Full Sail, Victory, DogFish Head Immort Ale, etc.). No complexity or anything interesting in a positive way at all.