oakbluff (434) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 28, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2008 vintage bomber. Pours murky chunky brown with minimal head. Nose- pine and leather, a tad dusty. taste- a hop forward barleywine with an astringent aspirin like bitterness. Some oxidation seems present so the malt has a sweet carboard taste. Dry, kind of lifeless finish. Watery body. Drinkability likely better in a fresher sample, although this is only a year old.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(22oz bottle-Reserve 08). Pours hazy amber color with thick off-white head. Decent lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine, raisin, soy sauce, and basement funk. Taste is semi-sweet followed by a bitterness that builds up. Medium bodied with a thinnish and oily texture. Some creaminess also, but not sticky, which is how I prefer barleywines. Carbonation is average and finish is bitter. As I continue to drink this beer, the bitterness becomes more and more distracting. No balance. A poor, over-hopped example of the style.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not a huge barleywine fan but I can tell this one is done well. This was the 09 version and it wasn’t overpowering in alcohol. Still had some nice hop kick to it. Will be interesting to see how it ages.
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
22nd January 2010
Hazy deep amber - brown beer. Light malt nose. Semi soft palate, a little dry. Malty bitter toffee, followed by pretty bitter hop. A little aniseed alcohol underneath. Subtle black fruits in the finish which is soft and warming and with a trace of bubblegum. A few too many rough edges for me.
BVery (9210) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2013 BOTTLE: amber/orange pour, aroma of caramel and fruit. Fruity hop & malt taste. Not my favorite style of beer, but this was okay.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Coles Barleywine Competition 2012. 2011 version. Oxidized, poor flavor & aroma. High carbonation. Probably bad bottle.
fly (1454) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The only reason my ratings weren’t any lower is due to believing that there’s a good beer beneath the one that a Colorado store improperly cellared. Must have been either in the light, in a hot warehouse or both. Very funky taste masking everything with underlying sense of malt flavor - hops destroyed. Damn ...
Bricks (917) - Delaware, USA - OCT 8, 2011
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2011 Smells sweet and malty. It tastes as if it was made with saltwater. Awful bitter for a barely wine. Not really into this one.
Rictus (126) - Dothan, Alabama, USA - APR 9, 2008
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Dark amber with large white head. Dusty beery aroma. No other way to really describe it. I drank it warm and the bitterness is somewhat high (and very present in the aftertaste). Some maltyness maybe a light fruity tastes (sort of grape esque). The bitterness is just all wrong though for the flavor. It’s not a bad flavor I just didn’t like it. Hides the alcohol well. Scratchy mouthfeel. Moderately thick... not great....
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Red hued copper ale with some yellow peanut foam rim and sheet quality. Excellent clarity leaving some spotty lace. Smells like a souped up Pale ale (english style) with some earthy, grassy hop profiles. A decent sugary toffee tone, but very subdued in the nose. The flavor follows thru with that tone, but is overpowered by a sulfur, ester, sweet alcohol flavor. The ingredients and quality characteristics of a Barleywine are soon forgotten in this beer. Medium bodied with low carb, and a semi dry finish. Not a drain pour, but not a good beer either.
Easily among the lower end of BW’s for me. I like ’em to have a little more malt character than this. Too many chemical flavors to make me happy. A disappointment.
Serving type: bottle