umich03jm (1769) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bomber from trade with michaelinwa. Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a small bubbly head that quickly fades. Aroma is nicely balanced between hops and malt. Different aromas I get are cherries, pine, flowers, citrus, toffee, caramel, and herbs. Taste is very nice too. Light sweetness up front and very fruity, cherries, grapefruit and flowers. Moderate bitterness hits right after, lots of caramel and toffee. Hoppy and spicy finish but the toffee lingers too. Smooth in the finish too and no alcohol present. Thick and somewhat oily mouthfeel. Overall, this is one of those barley wines that is not boozy and is more like a DIPA. Really like this.
Blairgus (2544) - California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 mar 2013, bottle. Light ruby, clear, no bubbles. Nose is cherries and wet raisins. Thin/med body and mildly fizzy. Sweet raisin malt, slightly bitter perhaps rye malt. Decent.
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Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle served in a Pumking goblet. Bottled October 2011. Thanks to mfavoino for the bottle.
A: Pours a deep amber color with some ruby and brown hues in the body. A light khaki head forms on the pour and recedes to a thick, bubbly ring. Sheets of soapy lace are left down the glass.
S: Piney and earthy hops upfront with a malty backbone. Some slightly sweetness on the backend, but this a hop forward and earthy barleywine. Mild raisin pops up as it warms. A little brown sugar as well.
T: very malty upfront. Oaty and sweet there are underlying pine and grass notes. Some dark fruits with a little alcohol notes. Not hot though. Some caramel sweetness on the back end. The hops creep back up on the finish with a bitterness that cuts the sweetness.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level and a drying finish.
O: Pretty solid overall. I canít imagine how hoppy this was a year ago, but I like the level where itís at now. Earthy and piney bitterness meet a sweet and oaty malt base.
Serving type: bottle
jkwood04 (3745) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours deep brown/ruby with a lacy, light beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and pale malts plus a good amount of floral and citrusy hops. Flavor about the same. Average to smooth texture. A good beer but not the best barley wine.
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Central City Liquors, Surrey
Dark amber color, almost brown, with medium sized nitro creamy head. Strong aroma of malt, caramel, some fudge; and hops; later, there are tones of cream, sweet nuts, phenol. Itís full bodied, with a very good malt flavor, compounded by a characteristic dark caramel, roasted nuts, and very strong bitterness; the final presents some nice hop resins, and more nuttiness.
Very good, nutty American Barley Wine.
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours dark red amber and its hazy with a soft sudsy off white head that leaves a spotty film and soapy collar. Aroma has a strong hoppy scent with solid caramel malt as well. Taste is bitter earthy hops and solid sugary caramel malt and subtle fruitiness. Palate is full sticky and dry with a warming finish. Solid!
Zeswaft (1361) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Solid barleywine. Citrus hoppiness with a hefty caramel malt balance. Smooth texture. Lots of similarities to Old Ruffian. Alcohol content was stealth.
mjg74 (2487) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Valley Farm. Dark hazy amber in color. Nose is pretty potent. Sweetness, hops and a hint of alcohol dominate aroma. Hops up front and pretty much throughout. A little sweetness and dark fruit behind the ample hop flavor. Surprised the hops play such a dominant role considering this was brewed over a year ago. Good stuff.
r464 (1883) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep reddish copper in color with a tan head. Strong, malty, sweet. Dried fruit flavors (fig, raisin, cherry) and a hoppy finish. Dark alcohol taste reminds me of oak aged ales.
wedgie9 (1824) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one doesnít mention anything about being oak or barrel aged. Tasted from a capped 220z bomber bottle. Pours darker than the average barley wine with an average white head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is quite hoppy with a lot of caramel and maple malt as well. The flavor is the same, this is a very hopped up American style Barley Wine with tons of caramel and maple malt, but the alcohol held nicely in check. The body is full with average carbonation and a very long bitter hoppy and caramel malt finish.