JorisPPattyn (8034) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium, cream-coloured head over finely carbonated brownish orange beer. Sharpish initial nose of alcohol and ink. Some hints at seewater/food (sepia?). Then more classical sweet-nutty, caramel induced aromas. Even a bit cheesy. Bitter, going over in roasted-sweet, caramelly and even syrupy notes. The hop is present, but cannot control the ubiquitous caramel. There is some balance, but me seems there’s not much going on for a big barley wine. Aftertaste shows some spiciness, and again a hint at cheese. Very slick, onctuous but not really overfully bodied as some - there’s restraint here, which is a good thing. Yeah, it’s worthwile, but it won’t drive me wild.
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a lightly haze bronze-amber hued body with a lasting medium sized off-white head. Aromas are of crystal malt, brown sugar, sawdust, sandalwood, pine, citrus, raisins, dried currants and resin. Flavors are bitter, tar, caramel, green hops, raw, bitter, grassy, toasted, medium esters, strawberry. Almost tannic in the bitterness. Dry finish. I guess my preferences are out of line with the crystal content and hops in most west coast barley wines today. Quite full carbonation (higher 2.6s if I had to guess), dry finish, full bodied and warming.
mcberko (7244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a cloudy amber with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel malts, lots of resinous and citrusy hops, and some honeyed malts. Flavour is exceedingly hoppy for a barley wine, with loads of citrus hops, barely a hint of caramel malts just to provide some body and a hint of balance, though this is a hop bomb all the way. Very enjoyable, highly drimlably boozy hop bomb. Good stuff.
Ibrew2or3 (7107) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber pours with a clear deep ruby red body supporting a nice looking half inch tall tan head of foam that leaves behind some decent lacing. The aroma offers up a great mix of cherry and prune and pine hop infused molasses as well as a yum inducing dank hoppiness and then a bit of booze at the end of the draw. The taste begins with a nice resiny bitter hoppiness that is woven together with dank, spicy, pine and a bit of citrus hoppy goodness. This is nice and resiny and still full of hop flavor. Behind the hops are modest notes of sweet malts, prunes and a hint of molasses covered dates. Dandy barleywine!
deyholla (7014) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a clear amber orange with a grayish light brown head that dissipates to the edges slowly. Aroma has a combination of pine and sweet grains with a bit of underlying resin. Flavor starts with sweet grains but finish is strong pine with a bit of grass and a resin kick.
DrSilverworm (6979) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, shared by DanielCoor. Mostly clear reddish amber color. Good thin khaki head. Solid lace. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Kind of creamy. Nice spicy hop profile. Some chocolate. Light dark fruit. More sweet taste, though not cloying at all. Light bitter. Nice spicy hop, kind of earthy. Great stuff.
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a dark cream head. Nice pine and grapefruit aroma. Pine and grapefruit flavor with cocoa. Medium bodied. Pine and grapefruit linger with malt and cocoa.
marcus (6785) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by oRos. Pours amber with a short off-white head and a red ale type aroma. There is a bitter smoked malt flavor that turns fruity. Complex and tasty.
lusikka (6559) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle @ RIP camp.
Pours a dark copper colour with a white lacy head. Strong aroma of resin, caramel, pine needles and biscuit. Flavour of caramel malts, strong resiny bitterness, pine needles, some citrus and spruce. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and a long, warming, resiny finish. A heavy bitter barley wine, which I would love to taste from a fresh bottle.
olio (6523) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle @ RIP Camp.
Pours clear orange color with a small head. Aroma of resinous hops, grass, caramel malts, toffee notes, wet cardboard and apricot. Flavor of resin, caramel malts, some citric fruits and goose berries. Bitter fruity palate with a bit too strong malty and resinous finish. Not bad though.