drtbrewster (40) - Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good, robust and malty like a barleywine should be. The ABV matches all the best. Good overall.
wlajwl (4254) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is rye/rye bread, fruit/berries and spices. The flavor is berries/fruit, medium sweetness/very slightly cloying, malts and rye/spices/alcohol in the finish.
zoucrew102 (730) - - FEB 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Caramel, toffee and rye aroma with notes of dark fruit, chocolate and a touch of vanilla. Pours dark copper colored with a thin tan head and excellent lacing. Starts with dark fruit flavors off the bat with caramel and toffee notes joining in with a little bit of chocolate. Finishes dry, but still quite smooth with the peppery rye and just a bit of vanilla before the dark fruit flavors shine through once again to linger on the palate after the sip. Excellent barleywine with good complexity and depth of flavor.
trevor211 (1392) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Beer Junction. Transparent amber. Very fruity over the rye. This doesn’t have the earthiness I was expecting. Really strange flavor that I just can’t place. Rye comes through in the finish. Boozy, meh.
luttonm (2868) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Beer Junction during Barrel Junction days. Hazy brown-red, sweet rye aroma. Sharp rye tart grain, raspberry. Sweet oaky finish. Nice.
outlawskies (454) - - OCT 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Julie says very smooth rich malty kind of boring. She gives a 4
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Brigadier (3170) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft in Cleveland (OH)
A solid barleywine packs a strong punch. Big, bold, and brash it is an interesting release that I wish I could try side by side with a soured version. I suspect that it would do some fun things despite the fact that the original is already phenomenal.
Aroma / Appearance - A caramel hue sticks to the glass like melted toffee. Thin white head rests on the top like wispy clouds. Vanilla, caramel, heavy malts, and melted candy bars drizzled over fresh warm cheesecake give it lots of depth. The alcohol is evident though far from unbalanced as with some high gravity beers.
Flavor / Palate - Malt, creamy caramel, and chewy textures taste like a melted Twix bar oozing over the tongue. Full bodied and tangy it has a crisp sharp note that shines before the rye takes over. A hoppy finish pleases the palate. The only real ’flaw’ if there is one may be the price. A little too expensive for more than special occasions, it is still worth seeking out if you are in the mood for a Midwestern gem.
brokensail (12169) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Destihl. Pours a nice copper color with khaki foam. Plenty of caramel, vanilla, and toffee aromas. Hints of oak and spice. Some golden raisin, mild cocoa powder, and sweet chocolate. There’s a lot of malt character and sweetness to the flavor. Caramel and toffee dominate. Subtle oak and vanilla. Background chocolate and fruit flavors. Nice beer.
deyholla (7460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from the tap at the brewery. Pours a clear amber with a brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a nice rye note with some sweetness and a bit of bitter grain. Flavor has bitter grains with a nice rye note and a bit of toffee.
Ratman197 (10538) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a clear reddish amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of rye, oak and caramel. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of rye, caramel and oak with a crisp dry lingering oaky rye finish.
adnielsen (9659) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest 2014. Pours a fairly clear, dark orange appearance with a thin tan head. Booze is awfully strong in the nose and flavor. A lot of retronasal burn. Caramel and dough. Some spice and a touch of banana / apple / raisins. Plenty of rye. Not my thing.