DYCSoccer17 (3208) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blind rating at New Year’s Eve Blind Barleywine tasting. 5 ounce sample. Bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. The bottle was about a year old. Vinous, slightly metallic, and a little fruity in the nose. Some citrus and scant booze is also present. Transparent amber body with a decent tan head and really nice lacing. Light astringent tartness to start, but it then becomes chewy, sweet, and caramelly in the middle. Finishes with a nice sweetness. I am really digging the chewy, caramel notes in the body of this. The ethanol is well-hidden. Unfortunately, the astringency to start is a little wack. Otherwise, this is a really solid beer.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Rating #112. Dark red with a nice glow too it and a thin light tan head. Very rich sweet caramel aroma, really very nice, just how I expect a barleywine to smell. Nice bitterness too it, more sweet caramel with a nice little booze kick in the finish, a very enjoyable beer. (1422)
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2008 750ml Bottle; Sampled October 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, richly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber / red color that shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry-red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of caramel coated hazel nuts and concentrated dried fruit laden holiday sweet breads. Some light herbal notes in the finish hint at once more present hop aromas and there is a light, almost caramelized / candied citrus character barely noticeable in the finish (this was clearly never an overly aggressively hopped Barley Wine though). At off angles this beer does pick up a solid menthol and herbaceous hop character, though this can be somewhat fleeting. Notes of something like allspice, intermingle with a really rich, toasted maltiness that has aged into a really nice nutty quality. The aroma is actually somewhat muted for what I would expect from a Barley Wine, but it is really nice and complex.
Thick and rich feeling as it hits my tongue, it has a light’ish sweetness that is mostly caramelized up front, but it finishes with a really unexpected, phenolic smokiness. I don’t think the smokiness was intended here, but it is just harsh enough that it could be from Peat-smoked malt, but my guess is that something else has taken hold here. The smokiness leans a bit towards plastic at times, though it is not so strong that it dominates everything in this beer. This has a nice, light herbal character here; somewhat grassy, not really quite menthol like, with the aged malt it really sort of reminds me of tobacco and perhaps some leather notes. There is a fairly solid bitterness here, but this is clearly a malt accented beer as this is what dominates the finish and palate; the beer clings to the palate long after each sip with a rich caramelized heft and this is clearly a sipping, contemplative brew.
A bit weird in the end; the smoky plastic character is definitely a bit out of place and it might explain why the aroma was a bit more muted than I expected. Still this is actually fairly enjoyable & even the smokiness adds something at times.
marcus (5878) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from City Beer. Pours dark caramel with a sweet nutty aroma and virtually no head. There is a burnt slightly sweet malt flavor with a bitter finish.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUN 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had from 750 ml bottle from Hi Time Wines. Pours ruby brown with no head and very slight carbonation. Lacing is good. Aromas of sugar, fruits, raisin, toffee, malts, and caramel. Taste is similar, very sweet, overpowering sugars and fruits. Heavy alcohol flavor with lots of malts and toffee. Finishes sweet. Not my favorite style, but I have had better barley wines. An ambitious beer from Mexico though.
Ibrew2or3 (6438) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of jarspag. Thanks Jared. Pours amber with ruby edges and tan head. The aroma is sweet English style barleywine with caramel covered red apples, prunes and dates as well as some yummy molasses. The taste is smooth and sweet with malts, caramel and some muted yet bitter pine hops. It seems to smell like an English style but tastes like the hoppy American style barleywine. Very nice stuff either way in my book.
markwise (4175) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks IBrew2or3 for the share. An English Style Barley Wine from Mexico enjoyed in Florida. That is right up his alley. Pours brown with a white head. Nose is caramel, brandy, booze, and raisin with a bit of hops. Flavor is similar with raisins, brandy, malt, and some hops dominant. Interesting, medium-bodied barleywine.
sebletitje (6234) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of ibrew2or3.
pours dark brown, light tan head.
Aroma, caramel and chocolate malts, light hops.
Flavors, same with caramel malts, light warming abv, grainy mouthfeel with touch of chocolate and residual dark fruits. Overall mouthfeel adds a nice hoppy finish.
Sdaniel90 (220) - Estado de México, MEXICO - MAR 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 750ml. Pours a heavy, black liquid with a small offwhite head. Aroma is of dry fruits, dark chocolate and coffee. The body is heavy and robust, with a strong alcohol and raisin aftertaste. Best beer made in Mexico.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, toasted caramel, light rubber, slight alcohol, slight dark ripe fruit, and some burnt sugar. Poured copper/deep amber/mahogany in color with a small, creamy, dense, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Slightly sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, light dark ripe fruit, smoke, wood, toasted caramel, and some hops. Medium body. Slick, then dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, light dark ripe fruit, wood, light smoke, and toasted caramel finish is lightly dry. Wood and oak flavors really enhance this one.