BOSSbrewer (1972) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had on tap at their place on Clybourn in Chicago. Pours dark amber with tan head. Lots of caramel and sweet malts. Some alcohol. Sweet malty finish. Nice.
deyholla (6966) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Clyborn location. Pours a clear amber with a touch of brown and a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sweet grains and caramel with a touch of booze. Flavor has a combination of earthy and sweet grains with caramel and a hint of light fruit.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Goose Island Clybourn location. Big time sweet caramel roast scents, flavor is similar, but a tad on the sweet side.
ryanfolty (1900) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
November 23, 2012 on tap at clybourn. Caramel, toffee and bit of alcohol in aroma. Taste was consistent with some dark fruit as well. Dry alcohol finish. Nice and thick with soft carbonation.
Dogbrick (8658) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Clybourn brewpub. Clear dark amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of grainy malt and hops. Medium-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, dried fruit and herbal hops. The finish is sweet with a lingering malt aftertaste. Above average all around.
Blairgus (2728) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 Nov 2012, tap at goose island Wrigleyville. Caramel color, clear. Nose is sweet alcohol, faint grassy hops. Med body and mildly fizzy. Sweet malt, alcohol, some maple syrup, and rather bitter resin hop finish.
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hivemind (712) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Goose Island Clybourn with Erica on 10/18/2012. In town for Jenís and Markís engagement party. Dark amber or light brown murky pour. Pungent aroma - some malt and booze. Pretty strong hop character for a barleywine, with notes of citrus, hard candy, and licorice. Clean finish.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this on tap at the GI Wrigleyville location. Not sure if they brewed a seperate batch specifically for this location but it was listed as an English Barleywine with an ABV of 8.7%. 10 oz. pour served in a snifter.
A: Pours a clear, dark mohagony with rich ruby hues around the edges and where ever light hits. One finger, off-white head that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.
S: Definitely a nice mixture of some toasted malt, resin-like hops and some rich dark fruits.
T: There is a lot more going on in the mouth which is big plus. There is more dark fruits present with figs and dates, but there are sweet fruits present as well. Iím getting a slight grape taste in addition to a nice caramel malt backbone. Finishes with some nice leafy hops.
M: Medium bodied with a nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Dried fruits are left on the palate. Medium carbonation.
O: I enjoyed this brew. There were more hops and fruits present and Iím glad after such an average nose the taste was able to really come together. Iíd like to figure out why this was listed differently though.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 09-21-2011
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Clybourn brewpub. Pours a deeper amber colored body with some brownish-orange tints and a very dense, creamy and foamy, inch thick, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty malty sweet with lots of cherry raisins, brown sugar, and figs. Malts have some toffee and caramel with just the slightest toasty biscuit. No real hopping, but the malts arenít too rich so this feels balanced so far. Flavor is similar with a light hop sticking out at the end. Still pretty cherry malty sweet up front with toffee and raisins. Some caramel, a bit more noticeable toast with maybe a hint of tobacco, and more dried figs. Finishes with a light alcohol and some earthy spice, but still fairly sweet, clean, and balanced while lightly drying. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full, very soft and smooth body with a creamy, light-medium carbonation. Overall, a pretty nice barley wine. Fairly sweet, but well balanced with enough of a hopping at the end. Easy drinking and enjoyable without being too big.
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a darker brownish ruby hue, though fairly transparent. A smallish tannish head sits atop that dies to a film, laces small. Aromas are sweeter malts, toffee and biscuits, caramel, and mellow toasty malts. Initial is sweeter and bigger bodied, offering caramel and toffee, toast, mellow brown sugar and vanilla. Some touches of red fruit. A bit over sweetened for me. Into the middle, malt shines through with touches of dry toast, mellow red fruit lingers a bit more. Finish dries up a bit, shows some light spice, yet remains fairly sticky overall. Iíd have to say itís similar to Cherry Blossom, too sweet, bigger overall. Ok, I guess.