mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yes it is pretty offensive at the start. Like the label says " cellar it to mellow it" But that sucks because this is 2012 Christmas beer and I donít want to drink it in 2014. I love the smell of a Christmas tree but I never wanted to eat one! Out the gate it tastes like they threw a Christmas tree in the brew kettle. Nice orange color. Aroma is evergreen hops and alcohol. Has a hard liquor feel to it. Flavor? Can you say Juniperberry! More Juniperberry. Finishes with Juniperberry hops. Now if they would have barrel aged this from the start this really would have been complete. More like an American strong. Harsh bitter tree sap. Better as it warms. There is good here but only time will tell. Will I buy another beer to find out? Maybe.
marcus (6606) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours cloudy copper with a thin beige head and a fruit and toffee aroma. There is a thick malt flavor that starts sweet, but quickly turns bitter with a somewhat astringent finish and a warm alcohol trail. Probably needs to age for a couple years to mellow out.
drjay44 (2679) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear, copper amber (SRM 15) body.....nose is heavy resin, citrus peel, treacle.....taste is treacle, raisin, plum, fig, hints of date, leading to resin, grapefruit peel, ending with a lingering moderate bitterness....mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation makes a creamy mouthful. This is obviously a young American Barley Wine, where some of the aggressive hops are still a bit green tasting, not unpleasant, just havenít reached full maturity. The balance, twixt malt and hop, is very nice, and as this ages it will evolve greatly. The fifth ingredient in Barley Wines is time. I need to cellar some. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7
beerbaaron (1286) - Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Dark red. Light soapy head. Aroma of hops, pine, fruit which are all identifiable in the flavor. Smooth, not cloying. Slight dry finish. Complex interesting flavor. Really good beer.
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber - light brown . Aroma is piney and citrus hops, dark sugar aromas, and malty cereal. Taste is surprising for a "barleywine" lighter in body and quite drinkable. Toffee flavors The hops really balance this one out too. Nicely done beer
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I just didnít find this that good. Sweet but in that English strong way. Had a hard time finishing this one.
Ratman197 (9986) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of toffee, plum, carmel, orange zest and pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel plum, toffee and citrus with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering fruity finish.
DYCSoccer17 (3334) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750mL bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. I believe this was brewed/bottled in mid October, making this 2 months old. The aroma on this is really nice for a barleywine. Lots of fruity character, with some berry. Light vinousness, and a little vanilla and light oxidation. Some pine tree hop character also comes through. Nice. Transparent ruby-amber body with a small, weak, pathetic little off-yellow head that is quickly dissipating. Starts sweet, sticky, and caramelly. Tons of malt in this. Light vanilla undertones in the middle. Finishes with more sweet caramelly flavors. Way under-carbonated, but the ethanol is hidden well under the extreme sweetness of this beer. Cloying, one-dimensional, poorly carbonated.
ads135 (3049) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried this at the winter beer tasting in Lawrence, 2012. Courtesy of Brandon and Monica. I opened this without realizing what style it was and was pleasantly surprised to find a mild, somewhat sweet barleywine. Avoids the syrupy texture of many in this style, hoppy, bold, with the flavor of dark fruits.
bhensonb (11280) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cool pic. Barley wine laying down. Mine is a capped 750 from the BevMo in Vacaville. Pours hazy ruddy copper with a small off-white creamy/bubbly head. Aroma has a lot of pine/citrus. A lot. Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Flavor is the standard brown sugar, but thereís a heck of a lot of hop fighting the sweet. This suggests "fresh hop barley wine". Those folks at GTB have finally gone off the deep end. Kudos. Itís finishing hoppy and bitter, while brown sugar constantly surges in and out. Amazing, brilliant ale.