tmoreau (2820) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared 12 oz. can poured to snifters showing a fairly clear, amber color, with a modest layer of off white head foam that diminished to a persistent, bubbly ring, light film, and spots of lacing. The nose was initially some grainy & chalky malt, then stone fruit as apricot, with some caramelized sweetness. Light to medium bodied, with noticeable booze, the taste continued the malt sweetness, and added conspicuous hop bitterness that lingered into the finish. Unusual for the style, but did temper & mellow the sweetness somewhat. Not a hefty Barleywine in all of it’s facets, but decent enough.
Jorn69 (1562) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample @ En Öl & Whiskymässa 150425. Malty, hoppy and caramely, medium body. The finish is dry, bitter and caramely.
ramboraffe (992) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at En Öl- och Whiskymässa, Göteborg 2015. Hop forward heavy caramel malty with bitter grapefruit, resin and pine. Warming alcohol and bitter zesty finish.
Gaultier (766) - SWEDEN - APR 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample @ En Öl & Whiskymässa 25/4-15. Hoppy and caramely, also sweet with bitter finish.
BOSSbrewer (2506) - Arkansas, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Pours a very hazy Amber with a thin head. Aroma is grapefruit and hoppy. Flavor follows. Not much malt. Lots of grapefruit. Decent.
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nearbeer (4050) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. can. Lightly hazy darkish copper body has a nice ring and a few spits of foam lingering on top. Nose is hoppier than expected: resin, a touch of citrus zest and some tea leaf are supported by some undercurrents of honey and molasses. The flavor is a nice mix of resin, grapefruit, creamy honey, tea leaf and some woody hops. Some mint in the long finish. Near-medium body has a pleasant low-medium carbonation and is definitely to the dry side of the style.
CervezaCabeza (46) - Le Mans, FRANCE - APR 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber color with a white head. Lacing is not as heavy as expected. Aromas of hops, caramel, barley. Complex flavor enjoyable, hoppy. I would drink this again.
maekchu (2602) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 1, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can. Caramel nose, sugary sweet. Light cloudy copper color, small thin head. Thick caramel initial flavor. Somewhat fizzy in mid palate, with a bit of hops rising. Light toffee, sweetish finish. Medium body. Bit of hop buzz. Nothing much here, beyond the caramel. To continue the lyric from the Warren Zevon song, "get me out of this."
Ernest (6573) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2015
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (grapefruit, resin), with notes of soured/fermenting fruit juice, gum, cotton candy, alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Pretty awful, really...this is more like a clumsy DIPA, overhopped and acrid and pruno-scented. No fun to smell or drink. Should be a red flag that the commercial description suggests adding candy sugar (to crystal malt of all things) would give it a "hearty maltiness". LOL.
superspak (3215) - Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce can into snifter, no canning date. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toasted bread, light toffee, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of big citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toasted bread, light toffee, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, sticky, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice American Barleywine style. All around good complexity and balance of big citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.