hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Release #3. Poured an amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of toasted nuts, caramel, some floralness, and a little bready. Tastes of bread, some citrus, toast, caramel, lighter dark fruits, and floral hops.
Marheb (3377) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Release #3): Resineux et fruité en arôme mais avec, quand même, la promesse que le malt veut sa part. En bouche c’est vivant, bonne effervescence avec une présence malté très caramelisé cocomplété par une amertume d’agrumes. Facile à boire pour sa taille.
Dorwart (2457) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Release #3. Good sized cream colored head of fine bubbles that settle very slowly and hangs around for quite a while. Bit of a weak aroma for a barleywine. Some vanilla, light malts, some piney hops and some leather. Color is a cloudy dark brown. Flavor is not entirely what I expected either. Medium bodied with a big piney hops presence in the flavor, along with strong roasted grains, tea leaves, and some menthol like spices. Nice alcohol presence and warming. Finishes a little bitter and chalky. Not as good as I would have expected but still a decent ride.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up while in Durham, 3/2012. A nice surprise, I hadn’t had a good showing from an American-style barleywine for a bit and this reminded me why I like them. Poured a clear copper color with a thin white head. Very nice rich aroma of earthy hops with a mild sting of alcohol. The taste was robust, with a healthy hop dose over a clean malt backbone. Sturdy and rich.
BMan1113VR (7905) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours with a clear copper hued body with a large off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aromas show large amounts of caramelization, caramel malt as well, bready, raisin, fig, mild floral, jammy, brandy, estery, mild fusel alcohol. Flavors are fruity, jammy, dry, faded hops, very bitter with a lot of alcohol. Medium esters, resin. A bit of an earthy/woody finish. Big, warming with a creamy mouthfeel.
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a reddish-brown with a big fluffy beige head. The nose is malty and boozy with pine and citrus. The taste starts with raisin, pumpernickel and some sherry notes. Resiny hops come next revealing a touch whiskey. The finish is sharp with alcohol and bitterness lingering on the tongue.
Definitely an American-style BarleyWine due to its punchy hoppiness.
suprchunk (2684) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ruby/mahogany colored pour. Healthy, khaki head. Lacing follows the slow falling creamy head. Big, big hoppy nose. Follow that up with some malt, caramel and vanilla. Some hints of raisin. Taste is similar to wort and tea with hops, hops, and hops. A little thin for a BW. But nicely hops and closer to a English Barley Wine, minus the huge hopping. I could drink another one.
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark brown pour, beige head. Sweet and hoppy aroma, some brown sugar, light raisin notes and some resin. Flavor is a nice mix of sweet and hoppy. Good resin balance with sweet toffee.
ekoerper (596) - Iowa, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Release #1. Aroma: big, rich caramel note, toffee, lots of hoppy pine and citrus, notes of sherry, dark fruits. Pours amber/orange with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer of foam. Massive malt profile - caramel, toffee, molasses, toasty grains, fairly sweet. Malt is balanced by a hefty dose of hops, which are still providing lots of aromatics and flavor even though this is probably beyond a year old. Grapefruit and pine, firm bitterness. Nice warming alcohol, bordering on a bit boozy, also slightly spicy. Full body, medium carbonation. Nice.
Ughsmash (7407) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, Release #2, thanks to Connie! Poured a lovely shade of fiery orange with a couple fingers’ worth of beige head.. this looked really nice. The aroma picked up warm, darker fruits, toasty oak, and sweet molasses undertones.. dank earthy and fruity hops around.. a little too aggressive with sherry notes on the back-end, but solid overall. The flavor found sweet caramel, molasses, and whiskey-y notes at the core.. lots of fruity, greener hoppage around as well and peppery alcohol.. finished oily and spicy, and it sure warmed up the belly. Heavier-bodied with moderate-plus carbonation on the palate.. syrupy and oily at times as mentioned.. just an OK feel and flow.. overall some tasty stuff that was a tad raw.. maybe a cellar candidate.