zizzybalubba (1254) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet (Release #1, brewed September 20, 2010). Pours a brackish-orange with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is hop forward enough that it could be confused for a DIPA. The hop aroma is mostly grassy with some grapefruit. The flavor, however, is on the sweeter side and contains enough bitter malt that you know it’s a barley wine. There is a good balance between the malt and hops yet for a 10.1% beer there is very little finish and overall it tastes much thinner than you would expect. Overall this is a good barleywine.
markwise (4093) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours amber-red with a white head. Nose is like a hop wine- lots of floral, pine, and citrus hops with honey, apricot, booze, and sugar. Flavor is piney apricot with malt and citrus. Medium-bodied, hoppy barleywine.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle purchased direct from the brewery - release # 1 - Pours a crystal clear deep mohagany amber color with small tan head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a fair amount of lacing. Aroma had slightly citrusy and slightly herbal fresh resiny hops, along with a fair amount of light caramel and toffee, and an ever so slight note of DMS. Flavor is strongly malty, with bready/toasty notes, hints of light chocolate and toasted oak, undertone of herbal hops and orange peel, hint of wet stone. Finish is balanced but just a touch on the sweeter side. Palate is a bit syrupy thick. Overall this is a nice beer. I think it could stand to be a bit drier - this would help thin out the palate a bit and lighten the sweetness. Otherwise I do like this a fair amount, and would certaintly have another.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of douglas88. Pours clear deep copper with tan head. The aroma is full with tart grapefruit, spicy hops, earthy hops, a touch of floral hops and faint maltiness deep in the background. The taste is full up bitter hops with bold citrus, floral, pine and spicy hops rider over the top of lesser notes such as earthy hops and faint molasses. The hops have robust bitterness and only a mild level of hop flavor. This hop profile has far more floral in it than almost any hoppy barleywine than I can think of. After having the pleasure of trying countless dozens of hop forward barleywines that are almost exclusively pine and/or citrus this floral component here seems out of place.
argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Small beige head, clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, light alcohol, cherry. Medium-full body, some resin.
Travlr (9833) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber at Churchkey. Bright amber color, medium tan head. Aroma of pine, caramel, butterscotch. Taste has plenty of hoppy bitterness, a nice change from most barleywines. Nice.
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
651mL at Churchkey for the DC launch party. Poured a clear, deep, fire amber with sticky off-white lacing. Aroma is hop forward with additions of toffee, spice, butter, waffles. Taste follows suit with toffee, butter, spices, maybe some grainy toast but is still fairly hop forward. Big time booziness comes through with little to put it in check like a shot of whiskey. Chalky, cardboardy finish (could be palate fatigue). Not bad but seems like a ramped up DIPA rather than barleywine.
Sledutah (3626) - Utah, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from the brewery
Appearance: Pours clear chestnut color with a medium sized beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Dark fruits, woody, rye and whiskey
Taste: Toasted malts, woody, yeasty with a bitter finish
A nice barley wine.
douglas88 (5140) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle, release #1. Some of this was aged in bourbon barrels and rye whiskey barrels I believe. Pours a very nice clear ruby color with a small white head. The aroma is rich bitter hops and light fruit. The flavor is dominated by a rich bitter raw hop, also some heat, light whiskey for sure, sweetness but dominant bitter hops. Interesting. Yeasty.