jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hand-canned @ 21A by RD. The best BW to date. Perfect balance between sweet and hops w/ a slant towards the hops. Possibly more reminiscent of a IIPA. Floral and citrus hop presence. EXCELLENT!
Ibrew2or3 (5777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009 On tap at the Hopyard, Pleasanton back in October. It poured a clear copper-ish red with a thin white head. It was served a bit on the cold side. The aroma is subdued – sleepy. I get sweet sugar malts, cherry hard candy, dark fruitiness that leans toward the light side and a note of alcohol. The alcohol nose is almost nothing considering the ABV. It comes off thick and viscous, how I prefer a barleywine, ushering in a brief muted wood note followed by sweet fruitiness like stewed cherries, plums and sweet dark grapes. A rye malt twang arrives about midway and plays beautifully against the fruity sweetness. Toward the finish a dryer red wine flavor wells up to aid the rye malts in fighting off the syrupy sweet fruitiness. Wow, awesome. The more I consume the more I like it.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at PP Strong Ale Festival. Very sweet. Almost as sweet as a mead. I like sweet, so it’s good, but certainly not something to chug. Excellent.
beerguy101 (5206) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on tap at the 2007 Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival. This Barley wine poured a light orange gold color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, citrusy, caramel and sweet. A medium to full bodied barley wine. The malts are fruity and sweet. Touch of rye flavors, most notable at the finish. The hops are earthy. It’s a little meadish in nature and very sweet, but it works. It is a little alcohol hot, but not bad for 14.8%. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.
IrishBoy (3618) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared at the Bistro’s West Coast BA Fest, 11/10/07; Nose of caramel and fruitiness; copper orange with a small off-white head; flavor of sweet apricots and oranges!
fiulijn (12179) - Malmö, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
<i>Draught at the Freakin’ Frog, Las Vegas</i>
Muddy amber color. The aroma doesn’t develop much beyond some caramel and a faint sweetness and fruitness; and maybe some hop, if you are patient and wait. But the flavor is much more powerful, with a sweet but not cloying fruity caramel and malt, light toffee, light maple syrup, hidden but good hopping, and the alcohol and bitterness seem to match the malt. Strong body, and the alcohol perception is not in the mouth: you will feel it in the blood later. Interesting, very good, for a lover of sweet Barley Wines like me.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the Pizza Port Strong ale fest. Sweet, w/ a rye flavor. hazy amber color, rye flavored/sweet finish. very nice
hopdog (7652) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Freakin Frog. Poured a medium and cloudy brownish color wth a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, floral hops, rye, and earthy. Tastes of caramel, rye, floral, and citrus. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.On the sweeter side.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ 2007 Strong Ale Fest. Poured a hazy orange-gold color. The aroma was sweet and fruity with a light alcohol nose (surprising for 14.8%). There was also a hint of spice. The flavor was sweet and fruity with hints of orange juice. Full bodied and warming.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Name: Rye Wine
Source: Tasting, Strong Ale Fest
cloudy orange, scant frothy head,
sweet fruity tangering aroma,
rich sweet malt flavor, lots of fruity character, warming, light bitterness adds complexity rather than balance,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20