PartyFowle (279) - - MAR 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. A single-hopped, all-pale malt barleywine aged in brandy and bourbon barrels? Interesting. Molten gold in hue and slightly hazy, with a thin head of pure white. Peach, booze, plum, vanilla, butterscotch and caramel in the nose. The flavor is sweet, vibrant and very fruity, swirling with plum, juicyfruit, mango, pear, vanilla, caramelized sugar and peach. A nice booziness and hints of green oak emerge as well. The medium-light body has sugars that stick to the tongue, but the beer doesn’t come across as heavy. Fruity and flavorful.
andrew_drinks (233) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - FEB 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the brewery. Very pale, thin white head. Sweet malt with a tang of citrus, but both give way to the rich vanilla oak character, dominating the underlying beer. Some alcohol burn, but finish is smooth, coconutty and rich. Couldn’t drink more than a few ounces but very nice.
GT2 (9132) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[ Tap ][ 4oz ][ FW Barrelworks ][ $2.50 ][ Tasting Snifter ][ 2.22.15 ]
>> Pours murky deep orange with okay foam. Slightly off nose with mildew and tequila..moves to butter pecan, white chocolate macadamia, something says bourbon barrel in the nose, but doesn’t look like this beer is even barrel aged. Taste is cookie dough, white chocolate macadamia dessert, honey butter. Really nice all around.
douglas88 (6791) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at HAF14. Pours a cloudy light brown color with a medium white head. A big sweet fruity malty tea nose. The flavor is huge mellow round malts, toffee, bready, sweeter cakes, a bit of fresh sweet hops. Clean. Very big and clean. Drinkable.
badgerben (4558) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2014. Gold color with no head. Strong vanilla aroma. Super carmelized sugar flavor. Big vanilla and oak, light bourbon. Full bodied.
HIGHB4LL (791) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at World of Beer. Appearance: slight white head, cloudy, rich amber color, good lacing. Aroma: honey, raisin, light caramel, oak. Palate: medium body, light alcohol. Taste: honey and raisin sweet that lasts a long while, with a heavy booze coming in towards the end that is not well masked. Overall, not that impressive, too sweet for my taste. Low on my totem pole for this style.
Sledutah (5599) - Utah, USA - OCT 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at WOB LoDo, GABF weekend
Cloudy orange with a small white head, good lacing. Aroma is woody, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is woody, bourbon with a touch of honey
slowrunner77 (6547) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My personal favorite of the AV party! As one of the main components of the 15, I ended liking it as much or maybe even better than the blend. intense aroma and flavor of honeysuckle and vanilla. not much hop presence, but not needed...this is simply delicious. i returned to it several times, and with what they were pouring, that says a lot! this blonde barleywine is one of the most unique brews i;ve had in a long while."
TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at Lions Tiger Beers 2014 (Chicago, IL). Pours a hazy amber orange hue, a bit darker in body with gentle orange glow trailing out to the edges. Frothy offwhite head is a nice filmy layer with decent ring and lacing. Aromas are a bit bready, sweet and gentle honey, caramel elements meet biscuit, dry earthy hops and gentle whiskey and vanillin trails a bit. Initial is medium bodied, a bit lighter with some sticky honey, caramel, gentle bready elements with touches of oak, vanillin. Mellow spirit shows touches of whiskey, earthy dry hops are floral and a faint waft of fruit. Middle is a touch tannic with gentle bready malts. Touches of honey, caramel and bread. A touch dry and barrel driven, earthy hops and a bit of sweetness. Ok, not really my thing but well constructed. Can see the value of it in blends. Pretty sure this is oaked/barreled which the description does not say here.
NikkTwist (1867) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Good Dog during a FW event. Hazy amber blonde pour with a slight foamy white head. Heady vanilla caramel. Medium light body with a honey coating at the end. Kumquats. Has some wonderfully bright notes for a Barleywine along with a strong caramel malty backbone.