kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Date: October 29, 2011
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
Appearance: hazy dark yellow, creamy off white head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma, candy sweetness, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet wheat flavor, candy sweetness, touch of fruityness, just a hint of bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
Rustyham (1717) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color of Apple juice, calm head. Light sweet Arima of cereal, honey. And green grapes. Flavor stats a sweet tree sap, Amber malt and Darryl sugar. Aftertaste Iíd alcohol, hops, and burn. Big smooth on the end.
jeremytoni (2948) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the tap poured an amber color with a good amount of head. Strong sweet malty flavor with a quick finish.
MadIndian (2342) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Issacs.
Orange pour with aromas of grape, yeast and rasins. An earthy taste with hints of fruit and wine. Good..
Frank (2737) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big old beer with a ton of aged character. Nice looking with a huge head and quite sweet. Lots of vanilla and cotton candy. Overbearing but still pretty good.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Tylerís, Durham. Fairly bright deep orange pour with a few sedimental areas for a nice, balanced appearance. Thin carbonation and an oily look at times. Nose is very sweet and honeyed, with a good dose of floral tropical notes injected. Mild herbal and spicey qualities accompany the yeastiness to taste, giving it an almost "Belgian barleywine" vibe crossed with wheatwine. A bit heavy and chewy in a sense, and overly sweet for the most part (even with the dry finish).
beerbill (3324) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On the growler station at Bellport Cold Beer and Soda. Pours a mostly clear golden orange with a linen white head. The aroma is extremely weak with a few notes sweetness and thatís about it. The flavor is a bit mild as well with light fruit, wheat and malt. Light-medium bodied, which bothered me a bit. Maybe I donít understand the wheat wines, but I am used to barley wines and rye wines being rich and full bodied for the most part, and this was anything but. At 10% abv, the alcohol was very well hidden. In the end, probably not a style of beer that I care that much for.
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Houston Flying Saucer, Dec 2nd 2011, first beer of the birthday dinner .. . Pours a medium murky tan brown .. medium foam .. . sugary sweet, caramel, yeast, and light wheat .. . hides the abv quite well .. pretty tasty but lacks an edge .. . . are those siamese cats? well, they are connected..
Gachupines (850) - USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden yellow with a white head. Aroma is slight, minor note of banana and cloves. Flavor is also very light, almost reminiscent of white wine. Slight yeast flavor with some cloves. Oddly smooth considering the alcohol content. Not bad, fairly pleasant, just not something Iíd go looking for again.
ansermadide (1509) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The bartender warned me that this was sweet... and the aroma lets on that this is probably true. For 10% ABV, imagine how high it could have been if they burned off some of that sugar! Really light in color for a barleywine, and clear! Bright, white head. It has a very sweet and almost spicy aroma that reminds me of a winter warmer. That said, if that was the intention, good on you, Brooklyn! In the mouth, itís thin but very well flavored, And itís not obvious that alcohol has any part in this. For a 10% ABV barleywine, this is really easy, insanely deceiving, and sweet in only a winter warmer can be and still get away with it. Taking a step back, though, in relation to the style, it does almost remind me of a slightly flat, little-too-sweet, lightly spiced, just under-fermented version of flagship barleywines of other major craft brewers that has a notably malty-sweet character. The finish has an alcoholically-bitter, thin and syrupy character that goes does easy and bold, but way gently for the 10% ABV, Pretty darned good, but yes, sweet.