b3shine (7746) - Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber to snifter (shared with the Mrs; thanks DuffMan). Looks good for the style; a very hazy dark amberish brown with foamy light caramel head. Smells solid; bitter hops, caramel, and toffee with a full-bodied bittersweet malt backbone. Tastes light it smells with a light and dangerously drinkable mouthfeel. A good example of the style.
vlan1 (219) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a dark iced tea with no head. Nose is sweet malt, brown sugar and alcohol. Taste is light brown sugar with some mild hop.bitterness. A serviceable west coast barleywine.
obxdude10 (2220) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It took quite a bit of effort to get an entire snifter of this beer down. This barleywine was thick, strong and powerful. It poured a dark amber color with a brown huge. There were plenty of bitter and dry hops in the flavors. As mentioned, the body was overpowering and overwhelming. The flavors were a nice combination of sweet and hoppy, with notes of caramel, toasted bread and spicy hops.
Dorwart (2497) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent sized light beige head of fine and dense bubbles. Rich malty aroma with lots of caramel, toffee, roasted grains and some must. Color is a thick and cloudy dark brown. You can just tell this thing is loaded with malty goodness. Thick and chewey mouthfeel with lots of malts, moderate chalky bitterness, tea leaves, caramel, toast and roasted grains. Lots going on in this flavor and lots of flavor. Noticeable alcohol presence and warming. Lingering earthy bitterness and pasty malts. This is a great english style barleywine. Glad i brought this one home from Tucson.
dwyerpg (5323) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 7, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a really good barleywine. A nice molasses flavor with a strong hop strength. Great hoppy finish too. Fantastic all around.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a murky dark brown color. Ridiculously murky, actually. The head is a one finger yellow shade. Retention is superb for 10% - a couple of minutes have passed by and itís still standing. Good lacing, too.
S: This one smells really hoppy - actually not so much hoppy as it is just bitter smelling. Itís about 6 months old and has still retained a nice hop bite to it. Beneath the piny hops lie a decent malt backbone consisting of caramel and brown sugar. Maybe thereís even a touch of chocolate. While the aroma is really good, I kind of worry it will be too bitter.
T: And yes, bitterness hits from the start, except itís a troubling vegetal bitterness. Itís overly reminiscent of green pepper, which I never like in my beer. After a while all that pepper goes away, and it turns into a strongly grassy yet herbal note near the back end. Even with all the vegetal notes, sweetness is fairly high, with a ton of caramel and brown sugar on the finish. Once I get used to the peppery hops, it becomes okay.
M: Itís actually pretty crisp and clean for such a big, boozy monster, with just enough of a sweet finish to conceal the alcohol. With a slightly better flavor, this could have been REALLY easy to down. Carbonation kind of stays in the background.
O: I didnít like this at first...but it improves after a few sips. And it deteriorates after several more. The hops here are way too green pepper-esque for my tastes, luckily every other aspect is pretty solid. I canít really say that I like it that much. There are definitely some out there who will, though.
ryecatcher (1265) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Saw this at Binnyís and figured for the price, why not? Pours a murky deep rust colored brown. Smallish head with little retention. Nose is malty and dried fruit, some happiness and brown sugar. Mouth is big and bittersweet, lots of hops and malts mingling but not necessarily complimenting one another. More dried fruits, some tanniny attributes, long bitter finish. Drinkable, but an average barleywine.
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours a dark amber with a thin white head. Caramel, toffee, pine, very bitter. I'm not a fan of Barleywine as I find them to be too sweet but this one had a nice bitterness to balance it out.
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MadRobin (2686) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle.
Densely murky with an enormous volume of assorted sizes of pale sediment, a small yellow-khaki head and very good lacing.
Aroma of aged leather, caramel, apples, tobacco, pears, leaf mould, earthy hops, pine and brown sugar.
Taste of apple cider, caramel, earthy hops, old leather, tobacco, leaf mould, pine, apples, plums and toffee.
Medium/full body and medium/high carbonation with only an occasional piece of sediment noticeable on the palate.
Except for the excessive sediment, this is a nice, complex barleywine.
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CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Dark amber colored with a small layer of tan head. Aroma is a potent blend of earthy hops resin, caramel, dark fruits and citrus. The flavor follows through with a hefty dose of caramel malt, grapefruit rind and resiny hops bitterness as well as some pine, oak and honey. Moderately thick and creamy body with soft carbonation and more caramel sweetness and herbal bitterness in the finish. Definitely one of the more aggressively hoppy and bitter Barley Wines around. Not that Iím complaining.