DuffMan (7028) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared with my father-in-law, who mercifully didn’t care for this beer, so I got to have the whole thing to myself. Dark orange amber, hazy, with a thick frothy milkshake-like head. Luscious floral perfumey hops elevate thick chewy burnt-sugary malts. Moderately bitter finish. The florals here are just crazy! I’ve been thinking of changing my favourite style to barley wines (American style barley wines to be precise), and this beer is the perfect example why. Loved it!
deyholla (6974) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2014 On tap at Local Option. Pours a hazy deep amber with a yellowish tan head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has notes of toffee, caramel and a strong pine hop notes. Flavor begins sweet with grains but finish is hoppy and resinous with a hint of backing caramel.
BVery (6964) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Very murky amber pour with a spotty yellow-creamy head. Sticky and chewy. Pine hop and very sweet. Very good.
DrSilverworm (6946) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
10oz on tap at Dutch’s. Mostly clear darker red color. Good thin cream-colored head, leaves good thicker lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. Great texture.. Lightly dry finish. Great dark fruit aroma, and bigger hop to balance it out. Tropical fruit, some resin, pine. Moderate sweet, bigger bitter taste. Light bit of hoppy heat at the end. A real nice barley wine. A bit of heat to it, but a nice bit of hop as well. Nice, hoppy aromatic stuff.
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Rich caramel beer with a cream head. Caramel and sweet malt aroma. Caramel and sweet malt flavor with light earth. Medium bodied. Caramel and sweet malt lingers.
marcus (6773) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours reddish brown with an attractive tan head and a sugar and alcohol aroma. There is a raspy caramel malt flavor with s some tobacco and brown sugar and noticeable alcohol. It’s much more bitter than the average barleywine. It all works pretty well.
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Max’s. Pours a hazed ruby tinged muddy amber with a thin white head. Gently hoppy, roast and chocolate, malty cocoa. Very sweet, cocoa and chocolate. Malt and roast. Toast, roast. Cocoa and malt, long chocolate on the finish.
KyotoLefty (6704) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa. Aroma of licorice, menthol, chocolate, caramel, light raisins. Minty flavor, very hoppy with pine, chocolate, caramel, and tobacco. Rich, controlled sweetness and huge menthol hops. Very nice, burning, hop finish.
mabel (6673) - 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."
lusikka (6530) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Thanks hanniku.
Pours a hazy dark amber colour. Aroma of stinging floral hops, caramel and gooseberry bush. Rich flavour of floral hops, gooseberry bush, strawberries, caramel and hay. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and a long, bitter and very harsh finish. Too raw at this point, but on the other hand I don’t think that this will improve much after some aging.