Taosmax (25) - - JUL 22, 2013
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’m a lover of Barleywine, and this one sits firmly at the top of my favorites list.
3fourths (9107) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. medium copper, small off-white head. spiced / herbaceous honey scented malt. low carbonation. syrupy semi-sweet caramel heavy malt with pale, dry hop bitterness. buttery at times. blah.
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from brewpub. Really cloudy, muddled, burnt umber. Fruity sweet aroma is more than just alcohol but it does have a lot of punch. There is vanilla, canned pears and peaches soaked in sugar. Custard apple and pineapple. Nice aroma in spite of being so damn sweet. The flavors are not nearly as interesting. It’s very hot, going straight to the noggin. None of the fun fruitiness carries over. In fact, there is so little going on the flavor department that I lost interest in the beer and gave most of my glass to Oscar the Grouch.
Oakes (15490) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle, from the brewpub. Very cloudy. The aroma has some spicy hop. Thick, indistinct malts and a whiff of alcohol. Muddy - tastes a bit of alcohol, maybe hop. It’s a mess that fails to come together with indistinct flavours that don’t really work with each other.
daknole (10848) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2011
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Gold pour. Apple juice, caramel and some nasty artificial aromas. Horrible flavor. Sour, metallic. Nope.
agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2009
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Aroma - basic floral, strong alcohol;
Appearance - very deep copper, opaque, thick fluffy head, great lacing;
Flavor - mild malt front, quickly overpowered by an extremely powerful tang in the back, absent finish;
Palate - the most overwhelmingly crisp brew I’ve ever had, light body for the style;
Overall - is this a barley wine or rubbing alcohol because I couldn’t tell the difference, extremely poor effort, ditch this and stick to the green chile and stout.
BeerandBlues2 (12054) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 27, 2009
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
WTF? This is not a barley wine, not even really a beer. Pours lightly hazy amber with no head, in fact I am not even sure there is any carbonation. Aroma is average malt (hay, straw), average hops (flowers, perfume), light yeast (soap, earth) with notes of dust, solvent, and plastic. Medium bodied, slick texture, flat carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness. The brewer should be embarrassed to charge $5 per 12-oz bottle. This batch needs to be pitched and tried again. After pitching most of my first bottle, I have to pitch all of the second bottle.
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2009
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Really, really, really, really did NOT appreciate this. I tend to like barleywines and feel trhat I give a pretty wide swath for appreciation level. Grassy, damn near flat and whatever hops were used just did NOT sit well with me. Bert killed Ernie and shoved bits of his remains in the bottles. The taste of death is not nice served up cold.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazed orange-brown color with no head and a thick pour. Semi-sweet and fruity aroma with apricots and apples. Light citrus hops. The flavor is of browned fruits. Some sweetness but lighter than I though there would be. Light hops on the finish. No alcohol taste but big warmth. Smooth medium body. Touch of tartness to the fruit on the finish. Odd but not bad. Wow now looking at the ratings I see that I drank something better. I wonder if there was a date on my bottle.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Amber body and slightly reddish silky beige head. Aroma of maple syrup and cotton candy. This is syrupy sweet sugar beer. Has some maple/oak qualities and green apple tang. Something went awry here. I think the yeast left for vacation and never came back. I used the Barley Wine and Green Chile beers to chase each other. The Green Chile beer was slightly better.