neepsntatties (1222) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Gigantic. Colour...somewhat cloudy garnet amber with an off white head. Nose...massively (pardon the pun) hoppy with a resinous character and bits of sugar sirop to boot. Palate...viscous, coating and chewy with more hops and a hop candy flavour to meld with the massive malt! This barley wine hides its abv very well and doesn’t seem even remotely 12%! There’s plenty of caramel to go with the hops and toffee on the finish. Nicely done!
slowrunner77 (5986) - 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 I’m 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 didn’t show itself more as the beer warmed, I’d have scored this even higher."
NWBEERGUY (1) - USA - JUN 16, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Graveyard mix aroma hard to explain but comes across very sweet. Very clean and clear appearance. Still a slow sipping barley wine but the 12% abv not that present.
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours slight hazy orange, min head
Smell sweet hoppy fig, caramel raisin
Taste sweet boozy caramel, really sweet,
pdx77 (1393) - Oregon, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2014 On draught at Gigantic’s First Anniversary 5/9/13. Deep dark amber. Resinous, strong oily pitted fruit aroma. Sweet papaya and honeyed hop bitterness. Not as harsh as some barleywines. Hides alcohol content quite well. On draught again at Lucky Labrador for the 17th Annual Barleywine and Big Beer Festival 3/1/14. Now has a pleasing oxidized note to the flavor and a hint more bitterness.
pdx76 (629) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
gigantic on tap - nose of cherry , syrup, booze. Nice amber color with light head tends to cling to side of glass. Taste of boozy cherries and grapes with sweet malt aftertaste.
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after4ever (6185) - 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.
umich03jm (2074) - 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.
bhensonb (11282) - 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. It’s sweet, towards brown sugar, but there’s so much hop that doesn’t really matter. This is not quite accurate, but it finishes bittersweet. Couldn’t resist.
Nikiel (878) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Brewery. Pours a brown ruby red with off-white foam. Smells strongly of grapefruit with hints of cranberry and deeply sweet lupulin. Tastes very sweet and fruity to start with, then fades to a crisp deep barley then ends warm with growing bitterness and lingering sweetness.