11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (handbottled) courtesy of brothers Styles and Pailhead. Pours a clear, ruby orange color with an attractive off-white head which slowly fades to a nice sized ring. Good lacing is left behind. Aroma is pleasantly malty, lightly fruity and moderate floral hop notes. Medium bodied and quite smooth with a lower carbonation level. I donít know if that was intended or a byproduct of the handbottling, either way it seems to work well with this beer. Flavors are malty sweet initially with a touch of raisin and caramel and midway through changes to a piney, sappy hop bitterness. The 12% is tucked away nicely, little bits of alcohol are picked up and it warms the belly but it blends quite well. Very nicely done.
JPDIPSO (5588) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
LIght copper color with a few off-white bubbles on top. Creamy aromas with some brown sugar, mild port and hint of maple syrup. Caramel flan and malt flavors abound. Yes, this is my type of barley wine heavy malts throughout the nip. Lightly oily and silky. Malt get balanced late in the quaff with mild pine and lightly spicy hops. I just realized I am using "light" and "mild" quite frequently in this review. Its a good brew that is strong and drinkable, with subtle flavors. A somewhat paradoxical brew that I certainly enjoyed. Thanks for sharing Joel!
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear red-tinted amber body. Orange peel and cinnamon aroma backed by alcohol and condensed pale malt. Bitrus, brown sugar, pepper-spiced alcohol and stem juice in teh falvor. Lasting stemmy finish with a fruity maltiness.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hand bottle via Styles - thanks Chris and everyone else who made this happen! Slight hiss as the cap comes off, pouring a translucent reddish-copper color with legs and slow, etchy lace. Wonderful citrus aromatic array. Amaretto, grapefruit and freesia are the first to put on their turn signal, promptly joined by snappy warrior hops piping away. A touch of almond butter and maraschinos massage the nostrils as well, and if thatís not enough, weíre able to decipher nectarines and orange pulp too. Flavor is a pipey elixir. Sweet and titillating. Spicy cantaloupe and melon roll down a hill, like an animated classic when the cartoon character rolls endlessly inside of a wooden barrel - but, this time around, itís an orange juice carton and thereís nothing childish nature about it. Cherry almond Nips and a sprucy, spicy bitterness conjures up an oily orange dream. Some peach fuzz softness provides a lovely counterpoint to the sweet, syrupy and thirst inducing palate feel. Honed carbonation gives way at the right time for a penetrating fruity sweetness to prevail. Lingering, mellow bitterness amidst strawberry fields comprising the finish. In a word, incredible.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Joel for sharing this wonderful beer. The bottle was filled by someone. Anyway, the beer pours to a nice glowing orangish copper body with a thin ringed white head and light spotty lacing. The aroma is very nicely hoppy with sweet barley malts. The flavor is smoothly malty with light hops and good malt sweetness. The palate is richly creamy and smoothly silken with a medium body and light carbonation. Yowzers! The highlight of the day...
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Slob Thanks!
Pours thick and sappy, with a slow-forming head. Aroma is weak raisin and spiced bread. A little dough is in the scent as well. Flavor is surpisingly fruity, with plum, raisin, apple, and a bit of grapefruit. Hoppy bite throughout. For the high ABV, itís surpisingly light tasting and easy on the palate. A very good beer.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from the combined efforts of BuckNaked (purchase) and Pailhead (transport). Thanks to the both of you!!! Fiery transparent amber with only a ring of bubbles, also very oily in appearance. Aroma full of fruit, citrus hops, peach, apricot, with some faint stale malt. Very oily/syrup-like mouthfeel. Flavor just like aroma would indicate. All kinds of fruit, orange zest, peach/apricot, caramel coated apples. Slight alcohol flavor in the finsh, but nowhere near what you would think for 12%. Maybe a bit young, as it could use a bigger malt presence. Regardless, a fine barleywine, Iím glad to have tried.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2006 12/30/2005 On draught with pailhead: Mostly clear yellow-redish amber with a very well retained eggshell head. The aroma is quite hoppy all the way through, fresh citrus, earthy/grassy, and leafy green hops, light malt, dusty grain (not in a bad way). Taste is fresh hops, earthy & leafy hops, sweet apples, light sugary malt, mild caramel, quite bitter. Finish is bitter, not at all sticky or syrupy, with plenty of retronasal hops. Nice English-style barleywine here in both hops and malt, unless Iím totally wrong. This one will age beautifully too. 1/12/2006: Ok same beer but Iím almost certain I was totally wrong on the fuggles. So rather than try to be perfect Iíll correct myself here. The hops seemed to have a bit of a fruity/citrus quality to them with a bit of leafy green hops maybe, but not the distinct fuggles I was smelling last time. Seems itís american hops and not an English barleywine at all. Stay tuned for the next time I go back and contradict myself again.
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap: Big citrusy aroma with orange, apricot, and citrus hops. Transparent amber with a nice off-white head and decent lacing. Sweet up front with orange, peach, and apricot. Finishes with lots of citrus hops. Alcohol is really covered up well. I like hoppy barley wines, but this one is missing the caramel/toffee/chocolate/banana bread malt presence that I like for balance. Thatís my only complaint.
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 version at the Arundel Mills brewpub. Cloudy amber with a foamy off white head. Sweet fruity aroma with some spruce and citrus. Wow! One sip and you know you are on to something special. Expecting to be overwhelmed by the alcohol but was somewhat surpised by sweet caramel, candy like flavor. Not a big barleywine fan but damn, this is good. Excellent beer.