S_Side_Smitty (487) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy and brown with a minimal light tan head. Aroma is grainy with baked brown sugar reminiscent of banana nut bread. Taste is interesting for an American style barley wine. I would have thought that the hops would have ruled this one, but they seem almost equally matched with the malts - really complimentary. That is followed by some reluctant alcohol and a steady long bitter finish. This one would be interesting in a vertical tasting. Have to get some more.
DYCSoccer17 (3354) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle from Total Wine. Brewed February 2013. The aroma is musty and vinous. Malts dominate. The beer smells sweet. Moderately hazy amber body with a medium creamy head. Herbal hop flavors to begin with, before caramel and toffee malts follow. Finishes quite bitter with an earthy and herbal hop flavoring. A big, bold beer.
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy dark brown pour, thin and sticky head with an aroma of tons of spicey caramel. Flavor is also incredibly malty, caramelly, with very dry woody hops throughout, copper and slightly warming. Very nice for 10%.
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful burnt tangerine pour with crimson highlights and a dense khaki head that left a spot or two of lacing. Although the nose is fainter and more subtle than the flavor, both show rich caramel, toffee, molasses and candied citrus accompanied by ripe dark fruit, spice, and even a hint of evergreen. Bright and hoppy, particularly for the style. Would pick this up again.
Sledutah (5094) - Utah, USA - MAY 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from mikem409
Pours cloudy dark amber with a medium sized foamy beige head and good lacing. Aroma is ripe dark fruit, woody and pine. Smooth mouthfeel, toasted malts, caramel, woody and pine resin
Very nice sipper.
umich03jm (2157) - 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 (2727) - 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 (4147) - 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 (15210) - 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.