Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From tap at Brewery. Amber in color and small head. Aroma was fruity hops and sweet imperial like malt. Taste followed with hidden ABV that was disguised by sweet caramel malt and finished clean.
Kinz (3105) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer #18 Asheville trip. Last pour of the tasting flight, murky brown in appearance. They apparently had just started pouring this one. Aroma is caramel malts and big citric hops. Flavor was a dead on match, with the alcohol coming through. For lack of a better way of putting it, this beer came across as very young - there was a harshness in both the hops and the alcohol. Age could help it tremendously, although it was fairly light-bodied for a barleywine. Time could help things integrate, but if the borderline malt backbone doesn’t stand up over time, the thing could just fall apart in a hot mess. Still glad to try it!
Butters (3579) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours clear orange amber with great white lacing. Aroma is sweet honey. Flavor has a syrupy honey hoppiness. With a resiny hop finish. Pretty tasty, especially for hiding the abv, it was way to easy to drink.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 Name: Barley Legal
clear dark amber, frothy beige head settles down to leave thick lace in its wake, sweet fruity aroma that showed alcohol at first but it disapates, creamy body, rich dark caramel malt flavor, bready character enrichens the malt, lots of fruity character, some nice sweetness comes in with the fruit character and then fades as it is replaced by a long earthy bitter finish, a touch of alcohol esters at first but almost fades away, the creamy body combined with the fruity flavor is what makes this barley wine special,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 18/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
poured into snifter. pours a clear gold with mild head, aroma is relatively mild, this Barly has a very sessionable quality to it, expecially for the high Alchohol, but a good grab and a good name
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from a growler: Pours a transparent dark bronze copper with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Mild aroma of sweet caramel malt and a hint of light fruits. Body starts fairly full and viscous with some sweet caramel malt and earthy, sticky bittering hops. Finishes slightly warming and bittersweet. A decent barleywine, but sort of in-between the English and American style.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 11, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a mostly clear golden amber color with a thin head. Malty with light hops, light fruitiness and light alcohol. Some diacetyl. Malty and fruity with some hops and alcohol bitterness on the finish. Pretty light for a barleywine. Thin finish,
jcwattsrugger (10726) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2007
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
on tap-pours an off white head that laces and amber color. Aroma is medium fruit-berries, medium malt-sweet. Taste is sweet-syrupy, alcohol. Quickly turns dry, acrid, bitter. OK carbonation.