OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2012 05-10-12 En fût au Cambridge brewery: Brune pâle, mais épaisse, avec tres légère effervescence et petit collet de mousse disparaissant lentement. Incroyables arômes complexes et multiples difficles à décrire: Houblon, pain, caramel, notes de chocolats, de fruits... Les saveurs sont également nombreuses et complexes. Asser sucrée, belle petite amertume, note surette, elle a tout pour elle. Corps moyen et texture légèrement ronde, très facile à boire pour une barley wine. Forte note d’alcollqui en fait une barley wine 4 saisons.
phaleslu (4431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewpub, served in a sampler. Pours a mostly clear gold with a small off-white head. Notes of sweet malts, apricot, sauvignon blanc, peach, honey, caramel, and dates. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, chewy mouthfeel. Goes down smooth for a 14% ABV beer. I bumped the overall up a bit because there was something about it I liked that I couldn’t give extra points to in any other area.
williamstome (517) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red gold pour.
Oaky fruity aroma. Flavor is sweet, sharp, fruity and complex. Smooth. Great.
HighWine (836) - Whalesbro, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the brewery. Still in the glass, looks like iced tea after the ice melts. Sweet tea and gewurztraminer wine fragrance. Taste is complex and a "summer barley wine" is a great way to describe this. Tart green apples, green grapes, and young brandy all come to mind. It definitely drinks like a brandy. Honey sweetness takes a backseat to the alcoholic characteristics. Not syrupy as I was expecting and Finishes surprisingly dry. I like it.
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trevor211 (1187) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery, listed at 14% - might be a new batch. Cloudy amber pour, very little head. Honey drenched berries on the nose. Very sweet, with a tart note behind. Flavor accentuates both, adding caramel and some booze. This would make an incredible creme brulee sauce / accompaniment. Very tasty, and does a good job hiding the 14%!
jkwood04 (2288) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the 2012 American Craft Beer Festival. Pours amber, and the flavor is a little sour. Not bad though.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the brew pub. Orange/yellow color with little to no head. Nice barleywine. A little sweet and hot.
mkgrenwel (466) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 vintage. Syrupy sweet up front. Big acidity brings out pineapple and apricot. Honey. Light bodied for a barleywine. Not getting a ton of hops, but the acidity provides balance. Nice but actually a bit simple for such a big beer.
lushawn (2645) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Aroma of big sweet boozy caramel, port, a touch vegetal. Taste is sweet toasted rum soaked figs, dates. Good attenuation. Sweetness balanced nicely by wine soaked fruit character. Pretty good. SSays 14 percent abt on menu and beer board.
TheGent (611) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed at CBC on their out door patio. Served in one of their small glasses due to its high ABV. Depp amber color with no head and really no carbonation. The aroma is very Chardonnay and white oak mixed malt. It is as if someone took some crusty bread and soaked it in white wine. Even through the taste I get a light grape like acid to it. Through the taste i get the grain more but also a wildflower honey. Mixing with the slight alcohol notes gives the impression of a light lowlands scottish whiskey. This is a very good barley wine and yes I very much could imagine drinking it in the shade of a summer afternoon.