RateBeer
overall
93
67
style
Serve in Snifter

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

Local Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We brew this in early January and start selling it the following November. It takes two times as much barley and hops to make a single batch of this very strong ale. The reason wine is in the name is because of the wine-like strength of 10 % alchohol


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Nearly still. (the headless barleywine) Deep amber. Toffee sweet malt aroma, touch of hops as well. There is a good initial maltiness, but it sort of fades into a lightly acidic sweet and sour finish. Toffee sugary sweet. Full mouthfeel. Some alcohol in the finish. Quite a bit better than their other offerings.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Rather weak head and lacing on the one I had. Tea Brown pour with a bit of cloudiness. Sweet porter type flavor to it. Vacation 03

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3444) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2003
Dark and murky-brown. Sweet, hoppy-fruity nose. Low carbonation. Thick, chewy, syrupy texture. Sugary and fruity hops with big notes of pine. Sweetness, overall, is a bit much, but not distracting. Some of its bitterness combats it well. Interesting flavors surface but I wouldn't call it overly complex. Overall, it was kind of like caramel-dipped pine needles, and I liked that flavor.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6319) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2004 Fairly new batch, bottle bought at the brewery. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), moderately hoppy (grapefruit), with notes of toffee and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. A little better than the batch I had two years ago, but still a pretty simplistic and uninteresting rendition. Lighter bodied than most barleywines.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 19, 2002
Pours with little to no head. Dark golden red/amber color. Very nice and complex winey nose with hints of bright fruit (cherry and orange) and sweet toasted malt. Medium chewy palate - absolutely no carbonation; almost to a fault. Flavors of caramel, toffee and sweet toasty malt. Touch of bitter hops on the finish. Clean finish, no heat. Nose really teased that this would be an even more complex brew - but still solid in taste and quality. Thanks Ringo!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2002
Deep cloudy glowing copper with orange and yellow hues. Thin off white head. Huge nose of doughy malt with hints of yeasty fruitiness and alcohol. This is a thick and malty monster with just enough hops to balance. Alcohol at the end is drying and warming. A little rough around the edges but time can fix that. Reminds me of a young old foghorn. Many thanks to Ringo.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 This stuff is very, very good! Quality is evident all the way through. It is a thick, chewy barley wine, with a very good balance of malt and hops. The 10% ABV is felt precisely where it should be, not overpowering on the start or finish, and it had that nice underlying, thick cherry quality to it that I love in a barley wine. This is a top notch brew, and I highly recommend it.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 2 3  4 


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50