Atom (1759) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
750mL pours a clear golden/orange with a large off-white head. Smells like a macro lager really, watery malt aroma, grassy hops. Taste of stale sugary sweet malt and stinging rotten bitter hops, with a metallic alcohol aftertase. This is really bad, taste like a malt liqour.
Guerde (1213) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle; unsure of age) Not really sure why I picked this bottle up aside from it was relatively inexpensive and I had tried this beer before a few years ago and remember not being all that impressed. Pours a gold instead of the standard dark amber for the style with a medium white head that retains really well and leaves some lacing. Looks nice enough. Aroma of strawberry jam right off the bat and itís accompanied by a toasty undercurrent which fast tracks this into breakfast territory real quick. Further scents of cherry hard candy and orange marmalade (#morebreakfast). Alcohol peeks through here and threatens to disrupt the first meal of the day harmony, but it recedes once the jamminess makes a secondary advance and routs the alc from my olfactories. Really surprised here. Getting a faint hint of carrot in here as well. Flavor holds some cotton candy, candied orange, perhaps a faint zing of ginger, marshmallows, maraschino cherry, and ambrosia salad on the finish. Very faint hint of peppery alc and some lingering toastiness on the finish. My only complaint is that it does get a bit cloying as the faint bitterness and peppery alc snap come in too late to stave off the cloy monster. Mouthfeel is superb for a barleywine. Perfectly thick and slightly chewy with just enough carb. Iím really surprised by the mouthfeel as Flat Earth in its early years was notorious for incredibly fizzy carb bombs. I donít know what the hell happened here, but either this beer ages really well, or there have been some massive overhauls at Flat Earth, because this barleywine is really solid and the last couple times Iíve had the Bermuda Triangle Tripel from them itís been absolutely stellar; either way, keep on keepiní on Flat Earth if you continue to make beers of this quality.
gmellison (426) - Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle at home thanks to adnielsen. aroma is a little hoppy, with some caramely, orangy sweetness. thick and syrupy, with citrus and caramel. kind of papery finish. ok
adnielsen (10037) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle via rotbox agreed 2-3 years, courtesy of bnielsen13. Pours a clear dark orange appearance with a cream colored head. Pizza crust, cracker, oxidized, a bit citrusy, bready aroma. Chewy papery, bready, vanilla, caramel, old flavor. Probably aged a bit too long though the beer doesnít show anything too interesting.
BeerKurve (518) - - MAY 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Mildly hazy orange color with a retainable yet filmy white head. Carbonation is very abundant upon pouring and sticks around for a few minutes afterwards before slowly dying down. Rich strong citrus, grapefruit, and caramelized malts make up the nose. The flavor has some strong citrus hops, caramel, grapefruits, toffee and malts. Despite the strong looking carbonation, the carbonation actual feels quite mild and the body is rather mild in weight. Slightly boozy flavor, but otherwise a smooth and tasty Barleywine!
SudsMcDuff (6778) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
We should have a way to tell someone their breath stinks without hurting their feelings,
like, "Hey, this is boring, letís go brush our teeth"
mnmike (1067) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good B wine here. Iíd like to let this one age as it tastes a bit ripe - but the carmelization is good.
n00bface (137) - Minneapolis, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Sharrettís Liquor Store (Saint Paul, Minnesota, 25/11/12)
Some spice, caramel, brown sugar, and alcohol on the nose. Color is a clear light amber, with a minimal white head. Unusual appearance for a Barley Wine. Taste is lightly sweet, slightly bitter. Medium bodied, thin texture, soft carbonation, and a boozy finish.
JStax (3680) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours a translucent gold with a white head of foam. Smells and tastes like somebody poured a grape soda over a piece of bread. Very grapey.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
nose of target light fruits pears apples and shut as well as white sugar and earthy undertones. pours orange golden hazy with a fizzy head. flavors of tart light fruits pears and apples white sugar earth a little herbal. lemony finish with a little sweetness as well. well carbonated with a slightly tart finish. meh.