LowBrau (74) - Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Interesting color - hazy medium brown, with an orange tint. Small, cream colored head. The nose is fruity and candy-like. Big flavors and aromas. Malty with sugary toffee notes, alongside fruity tartness and a significant alcohol aroma. Has a smooth mouthfeel and a soft, creamy finish - reminiscent of sweetened condensed milk, but at the same time has a bit of a tangy bite.
Darkmagus82 (441) - - JUL 9, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a hazy and thick mahogany color with just some wisps of white foam atop the brew once poured. The head fades almost instantly leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. When swirled in the snifter the beers thickness can be seen as foamy fingers of lace cling to the sides of the glass fading over time as the tiny carbonation bubbles that compose the fingers of lace pop.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is big and sweet with tons of caramel, toffee, and molasses. Along with these sugary aromas comes some thick roasted bready smells as well as some other sweet smells of a fruit nature of raisin and apple. A good deal of a boozy rum aroma is there as well, creating a nice warming and sweet smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice roasted malt and bready flavor with a good showing of caramel and toffee. The roasted flavor is much heavier then I would have expected from the nose (although not from the look) with it initially gaining intensity to the middle of the taste. While this occurs, some more sweet flavors develop on the tongue, with molasses and more caramel becoming more prevalent. Toward the middle of the taste however the roastedness begins to fade some while some light fruit flavors of apple and raisin come to the tongue. Other than the sweet, some boozy and lightly oaky flavors also join the profile with a touch of herbal and earthy hop tastes. The hop gets stronger to the end, and with the mix of sugary and fruity sweet, with the boozy and roasted flavors, ends up leaving a very satisfying and moderately warming flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is very low. Both are very appropriate for the big thick flavors of the brew and accentuate the mix of sweet and lightly hopped flavors nicely with that of the boozy and roasted flavors.
Overall – A very nice, somewhat slower sipper and boozy, sweeter barleywine. Well worth a try, especially at only ~ $3 for a 12 oz. bottle (which is well worth it!!).
MrBeerFanatic (841) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a medium caramel color with a light head. Aromas mostly aged caramel (like special b or cara 8 malts) and raisin. Flavors of raisin, caramel, slightly grassy and no alcohol noticed. Medium sweet. A decent barleywine but lacks complexity and depth. More towards the one dimensional. I could easily make this on a bad brewing day.
UDBeernut (1589) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours hazy orange amber, haze, thin off white head. sweetness, pitted fruits, wet cereal grains, cardboard. hmmmmmm. kinda of confused. chewy body.
Ron (2441) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I bought this 12 oz bottle at the Brewery in March for $4. Aroma is sweet caramel malts friuty esters like figs, and an alcohol kick as it warmed. Flavor of more sweet malt with a moderate hop backbone, more alcohol. Alot of alcohol but not as thick as most Barleywines.
jb (2143) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of those I don’t understand why it is ASL instead of Barley Wine, esp. when it says its barley wine on the bottle - no matter. It does seem to be a barley wine, orange, slightly cloudy, decent white remains on top. Really nice looking. Nose is sweet, sugary, some sort of baking spice, yeah and Cinnamon too. Palate is sticky sweet but not overwhelmingly despairingly sweet. Thanks for the bottle Ron!
pete4999 (991) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle purchased from the brewery a few months ago. Got one to hold and one to drink now. Looks orange-brown, but appears a hazy opaque mahogany when held to the light. Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, raisin. A bit of brown sugar and honey as well. Taste is similar - smooth and sweet with the fruitiness you’d expect.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Presentation: It was poured from a growler, which was filled up at the Flying Bison Brewery, into a tulip glass.
Appearance: This beer has a dark coppery color with a about a two finger tall head on top. The head is slightly off white in color and slowly fades to a ring of lacey foam as I slowly sip it down. As it slides down the glass it coats the glass and leaves some slick spotty lace behind.
Smell: The aroma is full off sweet caramel and roasty malt with some light sweet boozy hints and just the slightest touch of leafy hops.
Taste/Palate: There is a big malty sweet character here with notes of over ripe pear cover with uber sweet caramel and roasted gain. The ABV is noticeable but in a mellow warm way. Leafy hop flavor and bitterness is very light and it adds only adds a light touch bitterness towards the finish. Its full body has a firm sticky texture with just enough soft carbonation to give it some life.
Notes: It’s big and malty, just the way I like it.
hopdog (8769) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Bottled labeled Bottled on -> 2007. Poured a deep, deep amber (almost brown) color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, nuts, dark fruits, and toasty. Tastes of caramel, the same nuttiness, dark fruits, and had a lighter earthiness. Alcohol content well hidden.
blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good ale - a real deep throaty barley taste. Nice brown color with not much of a head when poured. And the fact that the beer is named after a local airforce branch is two thumbs up in my book