Thisis12ptfont (781) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really excited for this one, a collaberation of three great breweries. Delicious notes of apricots, amber malts and honey hit the nose. Majestic amber appearance with a fast erasing foam head. Well rounded flavors of carbonated cinnamon, oats, corn and amber malts. Finish offers slick caramel and molasses on the palate. Overall, this is a good beer but I feel it is very lacking on the depth and complexity. High drinkability though. B rating.
jake65 (2532) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Soft orange color with a thin beige head. Light and airy nose, citrus and florals. Lightly malty. A flavor somewhere in between a fresh, young barleywine and a DIPA that’s on the malty side. Good citrus hop flavors. Drinks way too easily for 10.2%... nicely done.
Cory (238) - , California, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Looks like honey with a small head. Aroma is sour with peach or stone fruit. Taste is a little sour but mostly sweet with a weird stove fruit skin after taste. Great barley wine.
SDalkoholic (2089) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from SBL: Poured a medium golden-honey hue while chunky sediment bits float about. Had to give it a hard pour just to create any formation of head but it did form and was creamy but it is obvious this bottle is past its expected shelf life. Aroma has minimal traces of sweet bready like malts while the hops have faded out of existence which ultimately leaves behind a beer that delivers a heavy dosage of boozy alcohol. Tiny hints of sweetness but not enough to make this stale and partially expired barleywine catch my interest.
hayduke (3159) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22oz. bottle. Poured a dark garnet color with a big tan head and good lacing. Nose of rich caramel malts, ripe fruit, some raisin, and citrus. Medium plus body. Flavor is malty, brown sugar, ripe fruit, and a bitter finish . Very nice brew.
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Poured a golden color with a small sized head. Fruity, bananas, caramel, citrus, and just lots of bananas/fruitiness. Alcohol content overall well hidden.
Indra (2569) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bottle. Aroma of sweet, caramel malts, brown sugar and dried fruits, with notes of apricot, golden raisin, some nice light orange citrus, pine and floral tones, earthiness and faintly peppery alcohol. Light-medium mostly clear orange-amber color, with a very fine, slight head. Flavor profile exudes a richly sweet, toasty, caramel maltiness, but is met with a wave of complexity including doughy yeast, fruitiness, floral hop, dried and tropical fruit, faint bubblegum, a moderate amount of hop bitterness and the telltale slightly medicinal presence of alcohol. Sticky, warming and substantial on the palate, body is equally huge. Very nicely done.
hockeybeerguy (909) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The appearance has a somewhat hazy golden colored body with a thin less than a half fingered white foamy head that barely leaves any lacing.
The smell has some juicy grapefruit hoppiness up front with a decent caramel malt bill backing that up fairly nice with some nice woody edges to balance it out just a tad.
The taste is mainly sweet through the combination of the sweet grapefruit hoppiness to the caramel malts, gee weez (boy she drinks like a DIPA) that has a nice juicy grapefruit aftertaste and quick dry finish.
On the palate, she sits about a medium on the body, comes across sessionable - hmmm... perhaps - weird for an American Barleywine that comes across as an DIPA to me. Carbonation even has a decent harshness like a DIPA.
Overall, hmmm....ok, I like it, I would have it again, I’m just trying to figure out how this thing really is an American Barleywine as it just seems more like a DIPA. Maybe I just need to try a fresher bottle.
AmEricanbrew (5522) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden color with white head. Marshmallow, pit fruit, honey aromas. Medium body. Smooth honey malt, pit fruit flavors with a warming finish___good
SHIG (3447) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: Poured a murky copper. Aroma is fruit and malt. Sweet sticky fruit and malt with a high but hidden alcohol content.
bpreo (1424) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very strong, just like the rest of the "Class of ’88’s", but the flavour is lacking.