DocLock (8969) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Capone’s. Hazy copper pour with off-white head. Heavy hops,, resin, caramel malt in the nose. Hefty body, with big caramelly malt, piney hops, and mild tannins and old fruit.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 14, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Bodega: Clear brown color with sticky lacing. Aroma of fresh greens with sweet flavors of malts and grains with a dry hoppy and woody finish.
hopdog (10491) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capone’s. Poured an amberish color with an off white head. Smelled like a DIPA - nice hops. Fruity, floral, pine, caramel, and some earthiness.
beeratarian (191) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark Amber with thin light tan head that laces well. Aroma of sweet dried fruit and some citrus. Flavor is soapy hops with some pine bitter resin. Some dried fruits come through, a little cherry flavor of an English barley. Finish is bitter and long. Nice mix of American and English barley wine.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5969) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on draft at Fat Heads Saloon this beer poured an orange-red-caramel color with a medium sized creamy orange-white head that lingered and left great lacing. The aroma was sweet toffee and fruity hops. The flavor was malty, bitter and sweet with toffee, wood, tobacco, cedar, mixed hops - fruity, piney & perfumey and a bit of dark fruit. Long fruity and perfumey hop finish. Full body. Alcohol fairly well controlled. Solid.
cheap (4881) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2014
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
on tap at mad mex. Barely any co2. Looks thicker foamy basic yellow. Completely flat fer sure. Taste is somewhat warm and fruity with strong volatile stuff. Less fruit and more strong ast he session continues. Not sure if this is BW or just BS. Rough, Certainly could use some aging to mellow it out. Too fresh and too uncivilized for this lager lover, does not hide alky well, as with most new BW. Difficult tosay the least.
conway (2210) - - NOV 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Dark ruby with little head. Dominated by huge tropical and citrus fruit notes. Booze is pretty well-hidden. Very nice.
outlawskies (481) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Julie say its a 2.9. She can not drink a whole glass think it is nice and warm. But is too hoppy
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phaleslu (8215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Jackie-O’s. Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a small beige head that laces the glass. Nots of grapefruit and orange citrus, tropical fruits, florals, sweet malts, leaves, and pine resin. Medium-bodied, with a resinous mouthfeel and moderate carbonation and dry finish. Drinks like a nice big double IPA.
Brigadier (3405) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the brewpub
One of the tap takeovers in Athens was a collaboration betwen Jackie O’s and Fat Heads. Knowing the reputation of both I did not hesitate to order myself a sample. A big barleywine is strong yet retains the distinctive hallmarks of what I have come to experience from both brewers to date.
Aroma / Appearance - A caramel red body rests below wisps of tan head. Musty malts, hops, and resiny oak used to polish an antique violin are fresh. The result is like walking through a lumber yard after a fresh spring rain.
Flavor / Palate - Strong chocolate and licorice give this a different profile than most barleywines. The bitterness is strong from the first sip. Resiny and long lasting the outcome is perhaps not the most complex. However what it lacks in depth it makes up for in quality. If not for the ABV and other samples on my tray I would have gone back for more.