LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at XVI Celebration, multiple samples.
Appearance: Pours a bright amber gold. White film and edges.
Aroma: Citrusy hop, honey, fruit punch.
Taste: Toasty malt, euro hops, banana esters, vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Astringent, medium bodied, low carb.
Oveerall: A really odd barley wine. Didn’t get much barrel either. Doesn’t make it south often, so glad I could try it.
douglas88 (6308) - 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 (4502) - 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 (655) - 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 (5098) - 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 (6083) - 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 (5909) - 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 (1744) - 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.
DesertDevil (542) - Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at World of Beer - Tempe. Pours hazy mandarin orange. Super boozy aroma of hot bourbon, orange peel, coriander, decadent vanilla, major oak, and a slight hoppiness at the end. Smooth hot bourbon and toffee are the dominant flavors, along with clover honey, sweet lemongrass, and lightly bitter citrusy hops. Lighter body than expected. A nice sweet, blonde barleywine.
Gription79 (2309) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on draft at Barrelworks. Very malty, blond Barleywine, fruity, alcohol sweetness, very nice.
onceblind (4512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy gold with a classic barleywine aroma; deep brown sugar and cherries with a little boozy honey and raisin. The taste is a little boozy but it quickly blends into a smooth but large earthy offer malt tone, a bit of sugary almost-honey sweetness, dates and plantains, brown sugar, and floral hop resin. Very nice and a great sipper.