MadIndian (2729) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle trade from SJ. Beautiful notes of caramel, toffee, spice, booze, bread, coffee and hop. Dry finish. Really good blend of ingredients.
kennydiaz (355) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased in a sixtel from spirit in Manahawkin. It pours with a nice creamy head. Nice amber color with a nice toffee smell. Taste sweet and fruity plums and caramel with brown sugar. Does not taste like it is high in alcohol content. I have had in bottle format and in keg. I prefer the keg format much more.
Advocate_Ames (569) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber orange with a defined foam head. The aroma is of earthy evergreen and floral hops. I noticed scents of carmel, dates, a touch of mocha like notes, and a pleasant sweet malted grain scent. Tasting, I picked up on a medium sweetner like flavor. I noticed a crisp yet lightly toasted blend of chocolate and carmel malts. There was also a backdrop of raisins and pears that peaked through in the flavor. Overall this was a nicely done beverage. It had a great finish with a fine lingering bitterness that helped mask the booze bite. In the end it effected my palate but not harshly. Iíd recommend giving this brew a try, glad I picked up a 6pk.
ordybill (1302) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from the tap in Chester, VA.
Aroma- Has a nice malt, hops, barley and some fruit essence tossed in.
Appearance- A reddish copper color with a small tan head.
Taste- Has a sweet opening that brings along the barley and hops for the finish. Not bad
Palate- A heavy bodied brew with light carbonation. Has a great texture that is thick to creamy.
Overall- I enjoyed this beer, I would buy it the next time I see it on tap.
wedgie9 (2618) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 2/22/12 from a bottle. Pours clear blood orange with an average off-white head that leaves thin lace. The nose is malty caramel, brown sugar, some burnt bitterness, and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is dry and malty with caramel, brown sugar, and some toasted burnt chocolate bitterness. The body is full with lighter carbonation and a long lightly bitter malty finish.
jpf (11) - - FEB 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Is this wine or is this beer? Very strong and lots of flavor. Hops and Malts abounding in a glass of thick Amber liquid. I could never have more than one, but it's a great flavorful beer.
c1raider (135) - New York, USA - FEB 6, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2015 Thoroughly enjoyed this beer, though it reminded me more of a sweet IPA than a barelywine ale. Floral, citrus, hops, carbonation, nice dry finish. Would buy again.
joejames (473) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours hazy deep amber orange, one finger off white head, some lacing, good retention. Aroma of nuts, pine, prune and raisin. Taste is very sweet but just enough hops to balance. alcohol is apparent but is not a distraction. Full bodied, lively carbonation, sticky but creamy mouth feel. Finishes sweet then boozy bitter with tasting notes of plum, chocolate, toffee, Belgian sugar, spruce and herbs. Good example of a barley wine, very complex. I would drink this again, in moderation!
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a semi-hazy orange color. The head on this is pretty solid: one finger high, pale yellow shade, good texture, and decent retention. Its smoothness suggests it isnít hopped to high heaven. Plenty of sticky, thick-looking lacing is left on the glass.
S: This has a particularly nutty smell, which seems to be assisted by its piny, floral hop notes. Let it warm up a bit, and the aforementioned piny, floral aroma really comes to the forefront. Let it warm up even more, and the malts return better than ever, bringing slight touches of dark fruit, candy, and even chocolate (!) on occasion. The aroma has some promise, especially for a brewery that doesnít usually pull off hoppy brews well.
T: Its initial flavor is fairly hoppy, bringing primarily a floral quality. These hop notes are supplanted with notes of nuts, dark fruits, and occasional chocolate. The finishing booze is prevalent, but not particularly harsh - in fact, its tart, fruity flavor (continuing where the malts left off) helps give it a bit of depth instead of come off as pure vodka. While itís not the boldest of barleywines, I like it as a more easygoing alternative.
M: It isnít that heavy feeling. It has enough carbonation. Itís even faintly crisp. Translation: this beer is dangerous as fuck. Sure, you taste - and occasionally feel - the alcohol, but its integration means youíre noticing the actual flavor instead of wincing from the booze. The finish is sweet, but who cares? This is a 10.6% barleywine - that doesnít come across like 10.6% at all.
O: Iím semi-impressed. Half the time I forget about DuClaw as a local option, and when I do remember them, I usually go ímehí and get something else. But every once in a while, I come to the realization that they can make some really good beer on occasion (X-1 springs instantly to mind.) And honestly, this IS really good - it brings all the good traits of a barleywine while leaving many of qualities I donít like on the back burner. Iíd reckon this is their best beer that comes in 6-packs.
Now, if only DuClaw could brew X-1 again...
JDBaker11058 (1915) - Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: medium, clear amber with a short ring of off-white bubbles forming a ring. Aroma: pine and slightly catty hops, plenty of brown sugar and caramel, with some dark fruit. Taste: more malt forward than I expected, with raisin, caramel, brown sugar, light molasses, then some resinous and grapefruit hop notes, and perhaps a bit of woodsmoke. Finish: lasting and dry, with prominent hop bitterness but no alcohol bite, so also rather smooth. Notes: Not my favorite style, but a well-executed take. Tasting at Village Beer and Fine Wine, Rockville, Maryland.