Ferris (4166) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - Vertical 2014 - Boozy caramel and pine hops. Dark clear copper with a thin white head. Resin, orange and a dry bitterness. 2012 - Rich caramel and resin. Light caramel brown with a decent white head. Vinous barley wine notes. Bitterness and a dryish finish. 2011 - Light rich caramel. Cloudy copper with a good white head. Dry resinous finish with lots of caramel. Off all the 12 is the best, but still not all that great.
alexsdad06 (5410) - Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. I thought I had rated this, but was wrong. Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel and toffee malts, citrus and resiny hops, some wood with a hint of earth to the finish. Fresh this is pretty hoppy, though aged bottles turn more toward an English barley wine. Pretty solid.
Reimer96 (1219) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear golden copper with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, sweet pale malts, pine and orange peel. Taste is caramel, orange, pine, grapefruit, light wood and alcohol with an awesome bitterness and alcohol warming on the finish. Excellent barleywine that’s big on flavor and profile and well balanced.
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle packaged on 12/19/12 poured into snifter. Beautiful ruby orange color with two fingers of creamy, dense off-white head with good retention and excellent lacing. Aromas of caramel, pine and orange peel. Strong malty flavors up front with a huge hoppy finish. This also has significant woody tones. If you’d told me this was aged in white oak, I’d have no problem believing it.
Splitenz (331) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 29, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A favorite from a favorite. I love the beers of Great Divide from the great state of Colorado. This is a full on Barley Wine, with new world hop-freshness and old world old style caramelized fruits and berries. A beer you have to treat yourself to.
Jorn69 (936) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
@ Havregatan. Flaska från Systembolaget (81:-). Humlig och ganska fruktig, karamellmalt, ganska hög sötma, toffee, en del alkohol, besk, medelfyllig till fyllig. Avslutningen är lång, besk och något fruktig.
odinstyr (559) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy brown with a moderate tan head. Smells of bread, figs, spruce. Taste is bitter, moderately sweet - hops bite in, spruce, hint of coffee - then sweet malt and hint of fruit.
brystmar (1257) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy orange color produces tiny lace bubbles. Old piney hops, booze, and more bitterness. This bottle is a year old but really needs a lot more time before it's ready for prime time.
rxeight (1313) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish pour I guess. Can’t tell it’s dark in here. This is in the hoppy side for a barleywine. Floral hops. Caramel. A bit of the barleywine flavors. Everything is pretty subtitle.
jflopsu (542) - New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with thick light brown head. A modest caramel, malt, dried fruit aroma. Taste is a nice mix of caramel, malts, dark alcohol, and dark fruits. A slight bitterness from malts and hops.