Ratman197 (7633) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Backcountry Pizza poured a clear rddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of toffee, carmel, dark fruit and ligt earhiness. Palate was medim bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, dark fruit and light earthiness with a smooth lingering toffee finish.
marcus (5015) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego. Pours reddish copper with a tiny beige head and a plum and toffee aroma. There is a hearty fruit and molasses flavor with a dry finish.
JoePeesie (829) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep maroon with off white head. Nose and taste are still dominated be the American style hops. A nice malty sweetness supports the hops nicely. Very well balanced, the singularity in the hop keeps it from being exceptional.
Ericular (230) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first barley wine experience. A great half and half of dry, sweet red wine and hoppy bitterness. Big, warming flavor thanks to over 10% ABV.
pete4999 (840) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, I got this as part of a trade back in April 2011. Held onto it for a bit to let it mature. It was good, poured a nice cloudy brown. Very sweet, brown sugar, candy flavors. Smooth, easy to drink, not too boozy, though I’m feeling it after the fact.
Nuffield (3350) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Moderately dark color, clear. Some hop notes to the aroma but the overwhelmingly character is malty, with bread and caramel. It builds in sweetness to the finish; appropriate for a barley wine, though those looking for a DIPA on steroids wouldn’t care for it as much. Decent. (bottle at the Ale Jail backyard beer festival, 2012)
maxwelldeux (2244) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a very hazy dark amber color with a moderate head to it. Very alcohol laden aroma, like a stronger mixed drink. Tastes like it is barrel-aged. Really interesting brew.
Pawola22 (3110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from Dutch’s Bar & Bottle Shop in Cincinnati, OH. Release #5, 10.5% ABV. Pours a cloudy orange-amber colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is fairly sweet, but well hopped with lots of resiny, pineapple and candied grapefruit hops. A definite sherry essence with some raisin dark fruits, esters, florals, and a light breadiness to a medium sweet caramel. Flavor is similar. Sweet caramels up front with some fairly bitter and resiny, pineapple and grapefruit florals and grass. Slightly boozy sherry note throughout, a touch of bread, and a light dark fruit note. Finishes sweet, but bitter and dry with a light wood note to the big, resiny hops. Lengthy aftertaste with some alcohol warmth following a medium, creamy body and a soft, medium-light carbonation. Overall, a really nice barley wine. Sweet, but not cloying and plenty of fresh, resiny hops to balance. Nice sherry and dark fruit note with a pleasant alcohol warmth that never gets too boozy. Good one.
ngeunit1 (1551) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a cloudy amber-brown color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and caramelized malts with some brown sugar with a bit of booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts and caramelized sugars with some brown sugar. Through the middle, some grapefruit and pineapple hops come through with some bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts and grapefruit hops and bitterness with some brown sugar and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, bitter, and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice malt and hop balance with good hop bitterness and body to balance.
Ocean82 (77) - Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 750mL bottle into wine glass. Pours hazy orange amber with a thin head but lots of lacing. Smells of caramel, brown sugar, with a hint of flowery hops. Flavors of malt and sugar dominate with some florals and a touch of bitter hops. Low carbonation and creamy mouthfeel with a slightly bitter and boozy finish. My first barely wine review.