jmikolich (1292) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Fatheads, listed as an IIPA at 10% AbV, pour is a light orange color with big hoppy nose, taste is citruses but also some alcohol with a slight burn.. No way this is a BW, all IIPA all day
Tmoney99 (9588) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 Draft. Poured cloudy orange color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy citrus, earthy and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittersweet hop flavor with a medium to heavy bitter finish of moderate to long duration. This beer exceeded my expectations and improved as it warms to 48 degrees.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at CBC, the staff said it was a "triple IPA", I’m guessing it was this. Poured a dense unfiltered orange with a white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, light booze, sweet bready malt, light pine. Flavors were sweet malt and tropical fruit, bitter hop notes weaved in and out. Body was thick, mellow carbonation, sweet/malt/boozey covered up the weaving bitterness, thick sweetness finished fairly bitter. Overall, this one falll in the Double Trouble, Hop Slam, Devil Dancer category(ie, double IPA that has way too much malt backbone for it’s own good, a bit on the sweet side as well). That said, this is one is better than some of the huged hyped big IIPAs(looking at you Hopslam) but falls short of the true midwest champs(fresh Dreadnaught) and lacks the refinement of the better hoppy Barleywines(Bigfoot) or even the layers of a full bodied english style barleywine(my fav is still that Barley’s Spark of the Devine one off). Still a tasty beer that was perfect for the icy chill of a Ohio February.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on draft at Barleys Mini Real Ale Fest (Columbus). This one was tricky! Not what I was expecting. Huge hop bomb and not exactly what I have come to love about Barleywines. Citrus, oranges and lemons, followed by pine and a hint of vanilla.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
CBC (and just about everyone else) was out of this by the time I was looking for it, but found it on tap at Lounge 62. Hazy gold color with a medium off-white head. Lots of citrusy hops in the nose with a good sweet malt balance. Malty flavor at first, but orange and pine show up pretty quickly with some grapefruit and sweet malt on the back end. Very good DIPA...er...I mean...barleywine.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the brewpub, served in a chalice. The beer is a hazy bright yellow-orange color with a medium thin and foamy off-white head that recedes steadily. Strings and spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops and malt. Medium body with flavors of hops and grapefruit, plus some sweet malt in the background. The finish is hoppy with a lingering bitterness left behind. I would have picked this as a IIPA 10 out of 10 times, easily one of the most hoppy Barley Wines I have tried. Style interpretation aside though it is a good beer.