Nuffield (3711) - 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 (3760) - Everett, Washington, 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 (3262) - Woodridge, 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 (1555) - 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 (81) - 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.
ben4321 (4066) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 5/18/12, Release #2
Aroma: This one has a sweet nose with lots of caramel, some toasted malts, and a little booze
Appearance: It pours a dark orange-brown color with a small head and some spotty lacing
Flavor: Tastes pretty sweet, heavy on malts, a little brown sugar, plus a good bit of bozzy flavor
Palate: The body is medium-full, with a slightly cloyingness to the feel, and a good amouth of heat
This is a decent Barley Wine, but it is quite sweet, almost to the point of being cloying. I would have liked a little more balance. The 10.1% isn’t really all that well-hidden either. I gave this one a couple of months, but maybe it could have used a little longer then that to develop.
Steve_0 (2822) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a deep, murky amber, with a small tan head. Smell is figs, brown sugar, vanilla, grass, and a hint of alcohol. Taste starts out sweet with hints of figs, caramel, and vanilla, smooth through the middle, with a light bitter finish. Also, picking up hints of bourbon and grassy hops. Alcohol is hidden very well and the mouthfeel is creamy, with moderate carbonation. Overall, a good barley wine and definitely more on the American side, style wise.
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark and dim amber/copper. Swelling off-white head, good looking lacing right off the bat.
I smell all sorts of OG... big sweetness. Some booze surfaces immediately, huge malts dominate this thing. Some honey notes, but the aroma doesn’t stray far from the massive malt presence.
For how imposing the nose is, the taste is actually pretty dull, and I poured it room temp. It reminds me of a good barleywine on mute. The booze is still full strength though, leaving this one a bit out of whack.
I probably won’t revisit this one. Not a fail by any means, they just need to beef this one up a bit.
jtclockwork (8774) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours reddish chestnut brown with tan head. Nose/taste of citrus, caramel, bready malt, toffee and pine. Semi sweet mouth feel with lots of citrus and caramel malts - like a heavily malty double IPA. Finishes with some pine and resin along with a touch of warming alcohol. Good mouth feel.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Release #5, October 2011; Sampled April 2012
A healthy pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, nicely amber tinged, full tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated red / amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, paler version when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pine and citrusy hops, concentrates caramelized malt, nutty, slightly toasted whole grain bread, and fruity notes of berries, raisins and perhaps even some cherry notes. The fruitiness can be the dominant note at times, especially as you really dig into the aroma, but there is also clearly a hop character and a concentrated malt character to the nose.
Thick and viscous as it first hits the palate, there is a big burst of bitter, herbal hop character up front that is offset by a rich, caramelized malt character that then comes to the for, but the bitterness again blossoms in the finish as it lingers on the palate. The beer is not nearly as sweet as I might have expected, instead it has a rich, caramelized, concentrated malt character that has a nicely nutty, toasted quality to it that lingers on the palate for quite some time. The hop character has an herbal, somewhat menthol like character to it for the most part. As the beer warms up it becomes quite a bit more fruit focused with notes of berries, perhaps a touch of cherry, and even some candied citrus. The crystal malt character also starts to become more noticeable, contributing a touch of sweet tea like character, a hint of spicy whole grain character and a bit whole grain cracker like note that expresses itself prominently in the oral nasal interface. Interesting notes of licorice somehow get infused along with the herbal / hoppy / piney hop character. The alcohol becomes a bit more noticeable with time as well, at times it can get a little hot even, but overall it remains fairly balanced; Actually it seems that the sediment kicked up into subsequent pours has somehow accentuated the alcohol, so I would recommend pouring this cleanly in one go if you can.
I like that this beer has a fairly big malt presence; the hop character is perhaps a touch more dominant, but this beer is actually pretty well balanced between the malt & hop character. This should age quite well for at least a couple years. This is nicely enjoyable, even pleasantly surprising.