JoeTheYounger (1173) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from fear025. Clear copper golden color with thin white head. Sweet sugars and malt. Taste is malt yet sweet with caramel. Nice creamy body. Good stuff.
thegreenrooster (3644) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a cloudy brown with a small white head. Aroma is some caramel malt with a nice hop. Flavor starts out with a nice mellwo hop then comes some almost intense rye malts to fill things out. Of all the rye beers I’ve had this one shows the rye the most. A very tasty rye barley wine
BMan1113VR (7911) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to BA billshmeinke. Pours with a clear bronze-copper body with a small tan head that shrinks but stays. Aromas are hoppy, sweet, citrus, pine, rye, bready, crisp, light chocolate and rose water. Very much an American Style Barley Wine. Flavors are sweet, rye, strong bitterness, caramel, pine, hops, marzipan, alcohol and burnt toffee. Medium bubbles, some warmth. Strong lingering bitterness.
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This rating is from the 2011 batch.
A: The pour is a dark amber color with high carbonation and an off-white head.
S: Smells barleywine-esque to begin with. Sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar aromas. The rye and caraway really provide a lot to the beer and are definitely noticeable. Mild hop aroma of citrus peel and floral notes.
T: A mild to moderate bitterness with plenty of toffee, bread, and brown sugar. Spicy rye notes with plenty of caraway providing a really distinctive flavor to this beer. The hop flavor is there, but not the main attraction.
M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Maybe a bit high for a barleywine.
O: A good barleywine all around. Good aromas and flavors and not harsh or overly boozy.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Rating #53. Dark copper with a nice little white head. Spicy and it has a nice little hoppiness. Light flavor, the carraway comes through pretty nicely, real nice beer. (1555)
jrallen34 (3499) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally getting around to reviewing this, thanks Alex. Review # 1600. Bottle poured into a perfect pint glass...Pours a lighter transparent brown with tons of red accents. An off white head rises about a finger, falls quickly leaving only a ring and a little lacing...The aroma is sweet, almost too sweet for a barleywine, hops aren’t present to cut that. Rye, alcohol, spices, caramel. Good, not great...The taste is better, certainly more balanced and closer to a barleywine. Great quad notes of dark fruits, and brown sugar balanced with some roast and hops. Rye backbone throughout this.
This is pretty decent, needs some work, but I would drink it again.
Fred82 (2123) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at saturday night hotel tasting. EBF 2011
Appearance : Clear amber.
Aroma : Spicy rye with malt. Nice rye.
Taste : Spicy rye with malt, nice malt.
Overall : NIce stuff but nothing special. Nice rye and malt on the finish. Rather sweet. Ok.
nickd717 (3782) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber thanks to thetomG on BA. Deep reddish-amber pour with a small off-white head. Sweet caramel malts, toffee, and red berries in the aroma along with some rye. The flavor is mildly sweet but pretty good. Caramel and toffee malt base along with a good rye spiciness. Rye is big - bitterness seems to come from that as well as the hops. Somewhat sweet and also a bit hoppy. Medium-bodied for the style with average carbonation and pretty good smoothness. I like it. Not very barleywine-like really but a solid rye beer.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, shared at Sexual Chocolate 2011. Pours a dark amber, great rye aroma, slightly hoppy, but the rye dominates. Very bitter, dry, moderate hop character. Nice but not my favorite.
StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear, the color of apple juice but sits a clear red in glass. Soft tan head that disappears quickly. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Aromas of hops, caramel, and straw. Flavors of hops, straw, bready notes, spice and sweetness. Ends with a sticky mouthfeel and a dry finish. Smooth and drinkable for ABV even though it gives a chest warming feel.