sthlm (1235) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours reddish-amber with a tiny off-white head. Aroma is fairly sweet, with a good deal of strawberry jam, some alcohol, a touch of lemon and notes of black pepper. Fairly typical for a barley wine, and although very nice, it falls short of being outstanding. The taste has a moderate amount of hop bitterness (perhaps below average considering this is a fresh bottle), along with alcohol again, a strong malt presence, and a faint, unidentifiable fruitiness. The mouthfeel is quite full, and the finish is long (and only marred by the strong alcohol, which hopefully will become toned down with age). After hearing rumors of this beerís demise, i was hesitant to expect much. However, despite any declines in quality that have happened, it is still an enjoyable, reasonably priced barley wine.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.
A: Pours a dark amber color with good clarity. While the head is quite creamy, it only pours about half a finger high (eggshell shade) and doesnít even have good retention to make up for it. Small hints of lacing are left on the glass.
S: Immediately, I notice a boozy character, albeit a defined and non-harsh one. Caramel is (expectedly) strong here, along with toffee, earth, leather, and even something suggesting candy-coated hops. Honey is a lesser characteristic semi-hidden underneath the primary notes. Aromatically, there isnít much to get excited about, but by no means is it unsatisfactory.
T: It starts with a healthy nutty flavor. Itís past the midpoint where this one gets interesting. Thereís just enough hoppiness here - existing as a slight herbal (and, at points, even citrusy) tone on the back end - to ballast the sweetness without coming off like some big DIPA. Did I mention itís boozy? Thereís no monstrous sugar note here (it is a bit sweet and candy-like at times, but hey itís 10.5%) to cover the alcohol, so the latter is rather prevalent. However, it does its job well: it gives the beer some complex nuance without being ruinously burning or unbalanced. Itís both complex AND well-integrated, so in that regard, itís a big success.
M: While itís boozy, it isnít a harsh booziness. Plus, itís rather dry. While it could use a longer finish by all means, that means this one is easy to drink, even with its full body. Maybe I should call it an easy sipper...yeah, thatís perfect, easy sipper.
O: This is a barleywine for barleywine lovers. Itís boozy, kind of challenging, but drinkable to those who can handle it. Itís a fantastic aging candidate - too bad the twist-off cap is going to oxidize it too quickly...
alexsdad06 (6088) - Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home from notes 07. Pours reddish copper with a smaller disappearing white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, dark fruit, fig, dates, brown sugar, a hint of vanilla, and some citrus elements. Decent mouthfeel. Decent enough, sweet, I definitely liked the oak aged version better.
Nero55 (788) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Deep copper with thin beige head. Strong aroma of fruit esters (raspberries), caramel sweetness, and resinous hops. Heavy body with resinous hop bitter, medium sweetness and a bitter finish. I expected more malt presence and it feels more like an American than an English Barley Wine.
Damico (2720) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottle is about 5 years old, and is an ABV of 10. Pours thick dark brown amber with a beige head. Aroma is sweet honey and malts, quite beautiful! The flavor brings some big sweet malty booze with some aged sweet alcohol, Body is medium, not too big but welcoming for the ABV.
jrodooo5 (1101) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting take on a barley wine. Very good boozy, hoppy, and possibly a hint of honey aroma. The pour is copper with a nice white head that leaves a good ring of lacing. The taste is somewhat sweet upfront but abruptly finishes quite bitter. Pretty unique and overall a solid beer.
NikkTwist (1774) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Moriartys. Clear honey pour with a frothy off-white head. Lots of caramelized sugar. Kumquats. Burnt orange peels. Clear sugar toys. Lotus blossom. Lots of citrus floral resiny hops to balance out the sweet blonde malts. Smooth start with a bite in the finish. Boozy, but not as harsh as the ABV might suggest. Nice, just not particularly extraordinary.
hfmejias (872) - Dover, Delaware, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured in a nice brownish amber hue with a nice off white head that left a lot of lacing. Aroma of malts and fruit, some booze in there too. Taste is sweet and fruity too, some honey in there and a nice hop bitterness towards the end. Nice and super enjoyable beer, but it
is to be drank slowly.
HeadyDE (534) - Delaware, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour 2012 stamp..medium amber hue..incredible amount of tight carbonated bubbles..1/2 finger head leaving some good lacing..quite a bit of haze when held up to the light when you look for it through the carbonation..honey is literally bursting out on first whiff yet it does dissipate a bit..mouthfeel is medium bodied with some slight caramel stickiness that is not overly boozy at first..but on linger you know this is a relatively big..warming beer..has some grapefruit pithy notes on finish that make this interesting all around..one of better offerings yet to date from this outfit in Dover..worth a try..
Beergeek23322 (2530) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
5/13/2010. From bottle. light brownish pour with a tan head. Boozy aromas with dark malt, dried fruit and sugars. A little sticky with alcohol very present. Dried fruit, spice and malty flavors. not bad at all.
Imaena (1915) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. In DC at the bar attached to the convention center. Ok but not a great barley wine.