beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a murky amber color with a very thin head. Strange aroma of cheese, pickles and fruits. Unpleasant flavor of olives and fruits, the finish is horrible. I can’t believe a barley wine can be as bad as this...
jackl (3477) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ THE Others Tasting. Cheers to Ken for bringing this along! The pour’s a disgusting renal failure brown color. Hazy, soupy. Unattractive. The nose is bright grassy hops, singed wood, caramel. The taste is spruce, resin, grass. A hoppy barleywine indeed. These flavors are supported by a rich caramel malt body. Hints of milk chocolate and plum. Full bodied, a bit hot on the finish. Overall, a pretty decent barleywine.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours out in a muddy reddish brown colour with a low dissapearing white head. Sweet but not dense aroma of maruenge, butter, spices with light notes of green hops. Full, malty and warming flavour of caramel, dudge, vanilla with dryish undertones of orange-peels, pepper and grass. Warming finish of pepper, caramel, crackers and fudge.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from Shoreline Liquors. My bottle says 8.8% not 12%. Shared with my gf Cyn, Pours dark brown with a 3 finger puffy tan head. Sweet dried fruit nose. Taste is sweet and pretty good. This I would say is a mediocore BW. Drinkable and tasty but far from great.
1FastSTi (3237) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 23, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dave shared this one with me. Poured from a 750, bottle # 1638. The body is very much unfiltered and a deep copper browm. Almost non-existent white head. The aroma has a huge raw barley, yeast, sugar cane, corn stalks, peanut butter cookie, vanilla. Very complex. I can see how scents manifest themselves as other scents. I can see how others suggest pineapple (which I see as the peanut butter cookie + sugar cane). Pretty complex, for what its worth. The flavor is sugar cane, vanilla, bourbon, raw barley, peanut butter cookies. The palate has a caskiness to it smooth alcohol on the tongue, not sharp.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very cloudy amber color with smallish head. Aromas are all light. Coconut, molasses, pepper and malt. Taste is good but keeps getting better. Tastes like an old ale at first then the coconut and dried citrus flavors come together. 12% masked very nicely. Yeasty taste. Nice medium body.
alexanderj (3202) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle; couldn’t find a vintage, but it has a white label with a woman on it; 9% alcohol. Poured a rich and muddy reddish brown; head was thin, off white and late forming. Aroma of caramel, figs, sugar, apple, vanilla and alcohol. Flavor initially was pretty boring and not overly good. Didn’t really get much better. Wouldn’t have liked more sweetness; others said it was, but I really got nothing. Palate was a little on the thin side. Pretty woody in the flavor some fruit. Below average example of one of my favorite styles. A more traditional example of the style, but it just didn’t do much for me.
beerbill (3200) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a muddy brown with a moderate off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of caramel and malt along with some citrus. The flavor is caramel and sweet malt followed by some apple and a mild metallic flavor. The body is lacking and does not even closely have that rich, chewy mouthfeel I associate with the better barley wines. Mild-moderate bitterness at the finish. Disappointing.
DYCSoccer17 (3158) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 31, 2008
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
2003 Vintage which was purchased at Mountainview Wines in Naugatuck, CT in 2004. Aroma is acetaldehyde. Apple cider aroma primarily. Some sweet caramel notes. too. Transparent orange amber copper body with a large, large off-white head. Kind of non-descriptt. A bit roasty and chewy to start. Some anise flavor is also in there. Not a ton of ethanol present. Some light fruity estery yeast is also in there. Seems slightly infected. Certainly, the first pour from my brother’s glass was much more acetic. My glass was much better, though. Still, this is nothing overly enjoyable. It seems as though the top of the bottle is much more infected and acetic. Interesting.
auerbrau (3082) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2012 Original rating. 12/17/2010. 22oz Bottle - listed as 9%. Big aroma of malt, some cooked raisins, and a mess of hops. Pours a hazy dark and cloudy amber. There’s a lot of yeast swirling at the bottom of this one. Flavors are all over the map, but start with intensified malt sugars, plain, largely clean and not particularly complex. Then there’s a twang of acidity or sharpness, a la traditional British examples. Finishes with quite a bit of hops, that too me, come across as a already dusty and oxidized. In the end, too sweet and too old-tasting.
Re-visit. 12/12/2012. On cask at Cask Republic, listed as Citry Dry-hopped. I’m not going to make another entry, because I’m not sure this warrants it. It is interesting to see Cisco wax and wane with the current brewing fads. The Woods series was pushed really hard in the midst of sour ale frenzy and I think, personally, most of them fell flat and were overpriced. Now as the new-wave hop realm hits, everyone imitating Hill Farmstead, we’ve got a different flavor of Cisco keeping up with the times. Mostly, I think they’ve managed to do a better job. It feels fad-y and a bit flash in the pan, but the flavors come out okay. I thought the Citra aroma wasn’t strong enough and in general I think this example of Barleywine lacks the malty depth required to make it a good version of the style. Warmth is well intergrated and there aren’t any major off-flavors, so this is enjoyable, especially on cask.