kermis (9555) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft sample at Epic Brewing taproom, Denver. Pours clear amber with an off white ring head. Aroma off malt, caramel, light grapefruit hops, overripe fruit, raisin, bready notes. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
MrHangover (3755) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ the brewery tap room. Pours a clear amber beer with a small beige head. Aroma is boozy, caramel, and slight roasted characters. Flavour is epic, big american hopped up barley wine. Full of alcoholic sweetness with a huge bitter hop presence in there. Wow, simply amazing and complex. Truly epic.
BeerKurve (520) - - OCT 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Release # 10. Dark crimson red with a filmy head and strong haze. Carbonation visible is moderate. Nose has a strong caramel, malty and chocolate scent with some pungent grapefruit and citrus hop notes. Flavor is surprisingly malty with caramel, chocolate, roasted barley and the citrus hop notes provide a good backup; A bit boozy tasting. Body is rather heavy and the carbonation starts out strong but tapers off after a while. Pretty good barleywine.
notalush (5637) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Denver tap room - fairly good American-style barleywine here - soft, creamy, full, and round in the mouth - quite bright, fruity, and floral - sweet, with notes of plum, caramel, but not overly sweet - there is also a fair amount of balancing hop character - pepper, pine, medium bitterness - could be more complex, but quite enjoyable.
keanex (1701) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: The body is a mud colored brown with a murky body to back it up. The head is tall and dense with average retention, settling into a full coating with bubbly edges.
Aroma: Rye bread, dried figs, basement musk, and hints of grapefruit. The aroma is a bit weak.
Taste: Very malty with brown sugar and dried figs in the background, becoming prominent around the finish, the finish is strong of rye bread with the spice to match and mild alcohol. Spicy hops and hints of grapefruit are noted throughout.
Palate: Medium to thick bodied with mild carbonation.
Overall: This is okay, I like it the more I drink it, but it comes too too spicy.
TimE (4755) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 6, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark amber color. One dimensional. Sweet malty nose. So uncomplex, simplicitic and boring. Nothing but sweetness and uninterestingness. Shit. Can’t recommend this at all.
Lubiere (12360) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazed orange amber with a thin creamy light mocha head. In aroma, loads of treacle malt with floral hops, doughy character and warming alcohol. In mouth, a sweet biscuit malt with doughy character, piney hops, anised and warming alcohol, raspy mouthfeel.
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet/brown sugar, light caramel, grainy malt. Good balance of different malt flavors, and also a nice balance with citrus hops--which is secondary to the malt, but substantial. Firm bitterness; some alcohol flavor, but not much.
brokensail (15269) - San Leandro, California, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber in color with a khaki head. Sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Grapes, raisins, plum, and citrus fruit notes. A little bit boozy, some pine, and lightly herbal. Sugar and malt forward flavor of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Light bitterness of pine and herbal hops. Citrus peel, raisin, grape, and plum fruitiness. Kind of warm/alcoholic on the finish.
obguthr (5306) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Peanut hull, pencil shaving nose with caramel and pine accents. Clear rust, thin yellow head, decent lacing. Cherry and orange peel dominated flavor. Definite woody character withg boysenberries. Walnuts and resinous pine finish. Medium body and easy carbonation. Damn, that’s a fine barleywine.