r464 (2126) - 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.
Birrananda (26) - - NOV 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours orange copper color, low foam retention. Nose is piney, roasted caramel and hints of dried fruits. Bitter taste, hoppy citrusy flavor, resinous medium body mouthfill. Lingering explosion of hops, potent alcohol feel yet not overwhelmingly. Taste of IIIPA rather than a Barley wine.
bulldogops (1373) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #1233 - 19.08.2014 - Bottle at Pourhouse. Nut brown pour, bubbly head, not much lacing. Aroma is a cascadey punch, alcohol, pastry dough Taste is an alcoholic blast, lots of hoppy bitterness tempered with a ton of citrusy, malty sweetness on the palate. Just a big bold beer for flavour-lovers. Awesome.
slowrunner77 (7864) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty nice classic barley wine. Dried fruit and hops, sweet but also quite bitter. As with some other Fish beers, I wish it wasn’t so prickly. Takes away from an otherwise decadent brew.
Headbanger (3578) - 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 (69) - 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 (3016) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, 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 (1546) - 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 (2489) - 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 (7123) - 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 (218) - 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.