blipp (6869) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Cole’s in Buffalo, NY. Pours orange brown with an off white head. Sweet caramel malt in the aroma with a bit of floral hops. The flavor brings a nice malty sweetness, with dried fruit, and a hit of bitter hops in the finish. Well balanced and drinkable.
daknole (10255) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 Bottle. Cloudy medium brown pour wtih a small whitish head. Some caramel, dark dried fruits, booze, and some good hops as well. Flavor is sweet and frutiy with nice woodsy notes but the beer is well balanced with a nice dose of hops. This is a well crafted beer.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle from brewery. Poured a hazy brown body with an orange tint. Small short head. Fruity aroma with a slight alcohol presence. BItter malty flavor with some nice hoppy background. Smooth mouthfeel. Pretty decent beer. Nothing great.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2006 bottle, a vintage bottle of 3 that ive had for too long from phhd i believe, location makes the most sense to me. Listed as a barleywine. Pours deep amber with a tan head. Nose is sweet muted and decent. Taste is sweet slightly big, but somewhat limited overall. The beer feels like it dies half way through, like it has no back end. There are great qualities here but a number of mediocore ones as well.
alexkeil (20) - New York, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from the brewery on sale...probably because it was bottled in 2007 - pours thin white head with poor retention, amber color slightly hazy, aroma of butter, caramel and maybe prune, has a medium feel and a big alcohol kick, slightly bitter for my taste
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12OZ bottle from cbkschubert. Good fruity and caramel nose along with some bread notes. Orange body with decent head. Cirtus orange along with some caramel malts. Thinner barleywine but smooth and easy to drink beer.. Alcohol and dry on the palate. Good brew thanks Craig.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of HogtownHarry, thanks my friend! Pours a hazy brindle from the 12 oz bottle. The head is a rocky, frothy tan cap that lasted over 10 minutes before I could drink the beer. Nice lace with little floaties as well. The nose is c-hops and orange peels, dank basement and woody, earthy, caramel malts with a touch of smoke. Butterscotch and caramel malts upfront with spicy, woody notes, a blast of hops with way more bitterness than expected. This is the way I like a barleywine. The caramel and sweetness is here, but the hops balance and I don’t feel like I am drinking a sugar bomb. This is quite a treat! Thanks for the bottle Harry!
pepsican (1520) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a thin white head. Aroma is caramel and biscuit. Flavor is butter, caramel sweetness, touch of hops. Semi sweet with a bit of bitter hop balance. Nice carbonation.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - APR 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 bottle from puzzl on 3/28/08. Cloudy amber cololr Some autolysis aroma (somehow I like it), and buttery caramelization. Mellow, probably from age. No unpleasant oxidation. Low bitterness. My guess is that 1. I love barleywines and 2. this bottle has aged very well. I’m a fool, but this is awesome. I love it and everyone is else wrong (j.k.).
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks rudolf. Hazy amber pour, medium white head. Aroma is fruity but light fruits, apples, pears, berries. Flavor is sweet lots of berries notes, some caramel and then a big ethanol alcohol kick that’s kinda gross. Lots of hop bitterness, pine and resin with some citrus. This is so damn bitter though, straight alcohol, hop resin and it kills the other flavors. Hard to describe an ethanol bomb maybe it’s a bad bottle.