ACHops (902) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. (This is the Alltech Kentucky Bourbon Barrel aged version.). Pours dark cloudy reddish brown with thin head. Aroma is sweet malts with some hops and bourbon. Taste is big rich sweet malts with pine hops and thin aged whiskey on the finish. As the name suggests, there’s a bunch going on here. Leather, oak, molasses are in the mix. Nice and complex. Alcohol is evident but not overwhelming - I wouldn’t be surprised if this was in the 12% range after barrel aging. I typically don’t like barleywines, but the regular version of this is good and this is outstanding.
Headbanger (3491) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle 2/27/15 (Courtesy of TerryR)--40° in snifter-Pours a dark orange/amberish. with a small head. Aroma of dried fruits, candy sugar, malt, toffee, caramel, and hops. Taste of malt, hops, brown sugar, and sweetness. This full bodied brew is well balanced and maybe the bottle I have mellowed a bit but I thought it kicked butt.
AmericanHobo (66) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2015
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Rich malty, earthy aroma. Initial taste is all hops. The 10 variety of hops overwhlems all flavor. Very hoppy, unbalanced finish. Other than the ABV there is absolutely nothing to suggest this is a barleywine ... more like a Double IPA.
Bulk_Carrier (2532) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grumbler purchase from Breeze-IN, Juneau AK.
This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a nice hazy golden dark orange to hazed over amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing stringing itself around the glass.
The smell had a strong bitter citrus/piney hops, nice caramel back up, light in the tobacco and a touch of vanilla.
The taste was mainly sweet with a sticky strength of bitter hops leading to the aftertaste and then sliding into a dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation was good for me and for the style.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good American Barleywine that I would have again. Happy Anniversary, Fish Brewing Company!
kevinator (1184) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good but was expecting more. Malty nose with piney hop aroma. This beer has a lot going on with multiple layers of malt and hop additions. Bronze in color with a thin head. Weighted palate with average carbonation. Sweet malt and oak flavors with a strong bitterness but not too harsh. Lingering finish.
glennmastrange (2383) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of cereal, nutty, and caramel, cooked orange for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with raisin, dates, wood, nutmeg, mild tobacco and alcohol. Head is small, frothy, beige with fair lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is muddy, with lots of big chunks, medium brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes moderately sweet and heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, oily with a soft to lively carbonation and a heavily alcohlic finish. This Barley Wine is a bit harsh in the finish, but it’s mostly bold and rich throughout.
b3shine (6269) - 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 (209) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, 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 (2102) - 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 (2413) - 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 (4755) - 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.