OldGrowth (3178) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, from brewery, dated 05/30/14. 20:49. huh, thought I rated this back when I got it, any who. good aroma, sweet, hoppy, at this point some oxidation, but not offensive, vanilla and citrus. clean golden brownish orange, goof initial head, faded to a ring, Sweet bitter flavor. Heavy body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter sweet finish, still tasting good, though aroma is the best part, IMO. nice hops playing with it’s own oxidization, malts still sweet. wish I had another to share.....but alas....I don’t.
slowrunner77 (9651) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 30, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This blonde Barleywine has a couple years on it. Still uniquely hoppy and bitter, with light malts and the very familiar Firestone Walker barrel character. Seemed a touch past its prime, but still nice.
koleminer20 (2218) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. 22 oz bottle. The pour is a golden amber-ish color with a thicker white frothy head and some pretty solid lacing. The aroma is pretty musty. There is a little chocolate, dark fruit, and a hint of vanilla. The flavor offers much of the same, with a little more booziness and a decent leather character. The flavors are just so light. The mouth feel is somewhat thick but the carbonation is really bubbly and sharp. The aftertaste is grassy and hot and fades off pretty quickly. Could’ve been so much better
TaktikMTL (7023) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée entre amis lors d’un diner. Arôme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est orangée-dorée avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel avec une pointe d’agrumes et d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’oranges en en arrière goût. (Rating #4145)
SudsMcDuff (7873) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle .. shared with people .. caramel darkness, sugar, booze, and hay liquer .. shoot pool .. medium mouth, booze cuts into it .. mild chewiness .. finish is long. soft carbonation .. would have liked more complexity .. . .
everyone needs to get punched in the face at least once in their lives. everyone.
nuplastikk (5709) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler brought back from a beer fest. I wasn’t nuts about it at the fest, but this one has really grown on me now that I can mellow out on it at home. The base malts are pleasantly smooth and biscuity, and the barrel tones are mild and subtle. Smooth golden malt tones, pleasant hop balance. The interplay between the oak and big smooth malts is awesome. So much depth. Really unique interpretation of the style. Well done.
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Oranges and honey meet alcohol heat and green hop bitterness in this flavorful but rough-and-tumble Blond Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the cloudy pale amber shine.
-The flavor profile is simple for the style.
-Mouthfeel is rich but also oily.
-Few flavors stand out.
-This is way under par for Firestone Walker...
Ernesto987 (5429) - Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
very light barleywine, almost awheat wie. PPale yellow, very sweet and strong. Not cloying and didn’t hate it which is odd for barleywines. Well, its two awesome breweries working here so that helps.
BiiruBierBeer (932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Smell is light malt and a tropical smell. Taste is pretty dry with some malt. Medium carbonation, medium body, and some foam.
MadIndian (2720) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from SJ. Notes of vanilla, caramel malt, grass, toffee, pine, mango, bread, and brown sugar. Odd, but really good.