SG111 (156) - - SEP 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled in 03/2014. Color is chestnut brown. With small beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is hoppy with figs, plums a slight skunkiness, some caramel. Flavor is woah. Very big plums and caramel sweetness up front with a steeliness. Some big dark fruits hit you hard. At first I thought there was no hoppiness but then it hits you hard too, at the end. Big hoppy bitter finish. The fruity and caramely malty sweetness at the front totally dissolves into this huge hop character. At first when I take a sip, I think there’s no way there will be any hops. And it just hits you. Wow.
DSG (6242) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 14, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Ariel. Clear deep amber with a small beige head. Aroma of stale hops, some caramelly malt and a bit of alcohol. Sweet flavor, malty, continues with somewhat stale hops (still with malt in the background) and a bitter and kinda alcoholic finish. Somewhat oily mouthfeel. So-so.
Gerbeer (1938) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep reddish mahogany color with moderate head. Aromas of caramel, sweet dark fruits/raisins, pine, and toasted malts. Flavors are same but with a healthy dose of alcohol especially on the finish - not unexpected...
dalfaro86 (302) - Mexico City, MEXICO - SEP 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear Brown brew with a small beige helad with regular retention, aroma is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with caramel, orange, grapefruit and dark fruits, robust bodied, flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a bitter sweet finish and a medium aftertaste.
superspak (2769) - Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/12/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, toast, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, plum, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish. Very nice complexity and balance of big citrus/pine hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice American barleywine style. All around good complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
cards04 (1823) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a fantastic barley wine. Beautiful caramel nose. More caramel and dried fruit flavors before a lasting hoppy finish. Awesome.
thefederalist (294) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark purple color with a medium off-white head. Aroma of thick grass and pine. American hops and lots of them. The flavor is bitter and sweet and the hops are balanced by a medium body with some significant malt backbone. This is a nice beer. No doubt. Well designed. Well fermented. There is something missing though. Some je ne sais quoi.
This is almost on par with SN Bigfoot, which says something about this small brewery.
hman43 (379) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
It pours hazy brown with a small head the doesn’t leave lacing. It has a weaker aroma than most barley wine with faint molasses and malts. It has a sweet taste mixed with dried fruits, roasted flavors, and coffee malts. There is also a tinge of bourbon in the flavor as well.
GreatDane1632 (447) - North Dakota, USA - AUG 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle Poured into a snifter -- Is an amber beer with a slight red twinge to it. Small head that occasionally sticks to my glass. Aroma is booze, toffee, hops. Flavor is just a plain and simple good Barley Wine. I think this just took over as my favorite BW.
Bailz316 (228) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark amber with minimal head. Malty with some floral hops. Nice slightly bitter finish. Bitter aftertaste. Alcohol masked well, good barley wine but better options out there.