Foffern (1044) - Bodø, - NOV 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with (and courtasy of) The Bergen tasting crew, and Gunnar. Has a hazy dark brown colour with a medium beige head. Lots of hops in a fruity aroma with the addition of dried fruit, pine and rye. A lot of malt in the flavour and more powerful hops as well, almost herbal with grass and pine. The mouthfeel is soft and slick, and has a medium bitterness. A very nice ale! I also understand that there’s a huge difference between an English barley wine and an American one. This is closer to a DIPA.
cstuartj (908) - Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Ruby dark brown, thin head some lacing. Nice sweet nose, wine notes, pleasant alcohol warming, long deep finish. Yumm!
notalush (4586) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy ruby pour - very hoppy nose - juicy grapefruit, pine, sherry/light oxidation, toffee - flavors of toffee, cherry, sherry, strong citric and woody hops - mostly american in character, but a bit of treacle, mineral, and earth that is a bit british in character - warming finish, but not too hot - pretty good.
malrubius (1559) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from World Wine. Woody hop chocolate and a little gluey aroma. Caramel and ripe fruit and a little chocolate with assertive piney resiney hops just bordering on astringency. Medium full body. Fairly high carbo. Good.
BigDbrews (11) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep amber with one finger of off white head. Aroma is lots of citrus hops. Flavor is more hops and candy like malt with a firm bitterness. Finishes nice and dry.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
robertjm (729) - Albany, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice fine foamy head. Relatively clear body the color of a dark orange sunset. Aroma of oranges. Hoppy, but not resiny which is nice. Bitterness lingers on palate. Mouthfeel is just right. Slight warming after the fact. Reminds me of a cross between Bigfoot and Arogant Bastard. Wish it wasn?t so darn expensive.
mabel (5364) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[5223-20130412] 1pt6floz bottle. Grainy toasted fruity malt aroma has a bit of an oven-fresh melted steel note. Hazy, dark amber brown body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Boozy resin fruity malt flavour has a long sweet malt aftertaste. Medium-full body. Great balance, one of the best barley wines I’ve tried but it’s not my favourite style. (7/3+/8/3/14) 3.5
Overheard: "One of those bottles is edible. You have to find the right one."
Mudwhomper (37) - Madison, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Really tasty. Smells like citra hops to me. Sweet vanilla-y flavor that fades into a gentle bitterness. I’m really digging this. More like a big IPA than a barleywine but that doesn’t bother me
Hopped_Silly (411) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
New 12oz packaging. Bottled 1/20/14. Served 60 degree and let come up in temp. Duvel tulip glass. Amber pour with a red hue and thin, creamy, off white head. Elegant aromas of floral hops, rose petals, orange citrus and vanilla beans. A very soft, seductive, creamy mouthfeel, that easily hides this beers massive size and lures you to drink more. Huge amounts of bitter orange citrus and florals dominate the mid-palate, gaining strength on the finish, echoing lingering flavors of bitter orange citrus, florals and brûléed sugar on the finish. Everything seems very balanced for a 10% Barley wine.. Be careful! Very easy to drink for 10%. I assume some age will help mellow and integrate the hops, though it's still very, very enjoyable now, especially for being only 1 month old. Hop heads that also enjoy a strong ale will appreciate this American-Style Barley Wine. Great lingering flavors when served at room temp. Good stuff. If you like DIPA's, though are craving a bit stronger, slow sipper.. This is a must try.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...
mansquito (3054) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Sampler, Brooklyn tap: Pours murky brown with a beige head. Aroma is loads of malts, a hint of booze, subdued hops, sugar, toffee, and caramel. Yes, I see that the last three items are permutations on sugar. Taste is rather bitter and makes this beer go down very slow. Plenty of toffee and caramel. I could see how some people could see fruitiness here, even though I did not. Pretty heavy body. Good, but I am not hankering to have this again.
fidelis83 (1796) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark, ruddy, muddy brown with a 1 finger, soapy tan head that has great retention and leaves some interesting lacing. It’s a very thin layer, but the bubbles are so small it almost looks painted on. Aroma is full of caramel, dark fruit, brandy and rum booziness and toffee, also some nice cracker toastiness, hay, pine, herbal, earthy and citrus hop notes. Flavor starts off with dark fruit, caramel, roasted nuts and big toasted bread notes, after that some toffee, more rum and brandy booze, sweet cherries, a touch of cocoa, some nice, toasty, woody notes, a hint of smoky char and citrus, earthy and pine hops in pretty equal measure. Medium to heavy body with a creamy, chewy entry, medium strength and somewhat sharp carbonation and still chewy, slightly dry finish. really good stuff. I could see this having beer having a long and interesting shelf life, but @ $13/bomber, I probably wont’ but another as it really isn’t any better than many, much cheaper Barley Wines.