PhillyCraft (5754) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap, Poured a hazy ruby color. Big head, small lacing. Low carbonation and a thick syrupy body. Aromas of cedar, cherry, malt, and whiskey. Taste is sweet barley notes with some citrus, clove, and wood spiciness. Nice and boozey.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy ruby brown. Nose is BIG cedar spices, grapefruit, vanilla, roasted malt, cocoa, dark fruits, citrus hops. Flavor is very much cedar forward, booze, mild smoke and roast, grapefruit, toffee.
tgncc (3095) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Rattle n Hum. The aroma is striong cedar, on top of a normal barley wine: fruit, malts. The flavor is an awesome fruit, brown sugar, cedar, the reverse of the aroma. The finish is cedar, resiny hops. The body is thick, the mouthfeel oily. The appearance is a hazy orange/brown, white head. Very, very good. I wouldn’t have thought that cedar would mesh with the Barley Wine, but it really works here.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is a reddish brown color with a decent sized head. Nose is dominated by clove and nutmeg characters and some booze. The taste is sweet, the dominated by clove, almost peppery, and ending with a little booze twist.
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep red/brown in appearance with a fairly large head for a barley wine. Aroma is sweet and spicy with hints of alcohol as well. Notes of raisins, chocolate, plums, caramel, cloves, and booze. Flavor is sweet, almost syrupy at first with a huge spicy nutmeg and clove finish. Seemed a little too spicy, I didn’t enjoy this as much as the other ratebeerians.
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Rattle n Hum. Pours a full orangish reddish brown. Aroma is fairly intense of butterscotch first and cedar second. Also some earthy grass and pine in the nose. The flavor is a beautiful medley of cedar atop sweet, tangy butterscotch and smooth whiskey. Some stick sweetness but also surprisingly hoppy. Above all else, a strong cedar spice that complements everything so well. I love the Humidor series, and it complements a solid barleywine quite well!
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This keg was still around at RnH on Friday afternoon when I sampled a 7 oz draft. Served perhaps a bit cooler than I would prefer, this barleywine poured a deep mahogany brown with burnt orange highlights. The head was larger than I expected it would be and laid gently on the glass with a cream colored hue. The aroma was intoxicating with notes of chocolate, raisins, and very modest smoke. The entry on the palate was sweet with maple, ginger, cardamom, and vanilla, but a hint of smokiness immediately provided a nice counter balance and then a dry, spicy hop bitterness ended what was a tremendous journey. I know that it’s likely an effect of the marketing and the name, but this was the most interesting wood-aged barleywine I’ve tried to date. Rather than add a sweet vanilla bourbon character, this one was a bit more charred, smokier, and more bitter. Truly "humidor" was an appropriate characterization for this type of aging. What an interesting beer!
jredmond (7460) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2011 Draft at RnH. Listed as American Barleywine I think. What a fantastic event. Pours a hazy reddish body with thin lacing. Aroma is light cedar notes and fresh fruit. Mouthfeel is smooth with notes of fresh citrus fruits, cedar, sweet syrup.
Slipstream (2464) - USA - MAR 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First rating of this! Didn’t any ratebeerians make it over to Rattle’n’Hum for these Cigar City specials? Very hoppy for the style, close to an IPA. Dark orange pour. Caramel, pine, a little brett perhaps, and a mellow finish. A sweet and spicy brew - very enjoyable.