bhensonb (11784) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Belmont Station. Pours dark ruddy copper with a slight beige head. Aroma is mixed hop over a rather strongly roasted malt. Nearly full bodied. Flavor seems to start chocolate, switches to mixed hop - citrus/pine - shows heavy malt - lights a mild burning in the throat. Itís sweet, towards brown sugar, but thereís so much hop that doesnít really matter. This is not quite accurate, but it finishes bittersweet. Couldnít resist.
Theydon_Bois (10518) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Gigantic, PDX, 22/05/13.
Clear chestnut brown with a thin beige head.
Nose is dark fruits, booze, sugars, dates, raisens, malt.
The taste is a little harsh booze wise, sugars, dark toffee, dates, brown sugars.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, boozey in the finish.
Overall I didnít really enjoy this BW, lacked balance, booze a little on the harsh side. Average at best, drinkable just about, but only in small doses and not one Iíd consider revisiting. When I contrast this to Pelicans - Mother Of All Storms which I had a few days later it really is a case of Nissan vs Rolls Royce!
after4ever (6390) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22. Pours a murky dark amber with a dense and creamy tan head that sticks around for a while. Loose creamy lace. Big sweet toffeeish nose, lots of treacle and some vanilla and deep caramel. Very, very much a traditional english barleywine. Creamy thick body, not quite sticky, very little carb. Caramel, toffee, treacle, maybe a tiny bit of gingerbread and definitely a little butter cookie. Very nice mid palate and must be suitable for at least some aging. Long sticky sweet finish. Nice effort.
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Darker caramel, reddish hued, thin frothy tannish head, dissipates quickly, little lacing.   Soft caramel, toffee, biscuit, citrus peel, and hops on the nose.   Pale caramel and candied citrus peel up front on the tongue, not all that hoppy.   Seems to have a bunch of tea leaves too.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Not too heavy or sickly sweet, thankfully.   Lingering citrus peel, pith, and tea leaves, with only a touch of caramel or toffee.   Not as big as I would have liked, needs more caramel/malt body.   Otherwise decent, hides the 12% well, tiz a bit warming, but isnít too hot.   Yeah, needs more malt body to make this bigger.
slowrunner77 (6278) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Well, they got the name right. Deep, and BIG, in every sense of the word. This is pretty much what I am looking for when Iím in the mood for a barleywine. Rich toffee, fruity sweet, but with more than enough hops to notice. The body is great for a beer of this strength. Dangerously drinkable and very very tasty. If the abv didnít show itself more as the beer warmed, Iíd have scored this even higher."
AmEricanbrew (6169) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber color with ivory head. Big spicy pit fruit, toasted caramel aromas with mild florals and alcohol. Rich smooth mouthfeel. Big spicy toasted caramel, yeasty flavors with sweet pit fruits--warming lightly boozy finish----good
Suttree (5317) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Isnít "Gigantic Massive!" a bit redundant? Like "Big Large"? At any rate it lives up to its name, with a huge, creamy malt base and smooth malts. My Notes actually use the word "smooth" like, I donít know 4 times. I was glad I had some friends to share this with because I had a long day of drinking a head of me.
boFNjackson (4184) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured dark reddish with a nice forming beige-ish head. Had a thick mouthfeel with lots of malt sweetness and alcohol heat. Some hoppy bitterness too. This corssed that line between American Barleywine and American Strong Ale (think Double Bastard I guess). Some dark fruits and yeast Estes but overall this was a malty bitter beast.
umich03jm (2298) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from trade with michaelinwa. Pours a hazy reddish-orange color with a small foamy head that fades normally to a ring. Sweet, boozy aroma of cherries, toffee, caramel, pineapple, and honey. Taste is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Nice complex mix of flavors. Cherry syrup, caramel, pineapple, grapefruit, honey, brown sugar, and dates. Somewhat boozy finish and still pretty smooth for 12%. I slammed the glass wayyyyy faster than I should have. Medium to thick body, chewy and syrupy mouthfeel. Pretty nice barleywine, would probably handle aging very well.
baraciisch (2134) - California, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange brown in color... Caramel toffee aroma, tropical notes... Flavor is light caramel, tropical fruit... Light body, minimal fruity hop notes on finish... Solid
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