KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The pour was a clear dark mahogany red with a large (2-3 finger) light tan pillowy head that was mostly lasting, receding down to a large puddle and collar with excellent sheeting of lace.
The aroma was of a sweet toasted biscuit malt, pine hops and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of toffee, citrus (grapefruit), caramel and some dark fruit (plums and raisons).
The taste was sweet and rather malty with hints of toffee and dark fruit at first and then became slightly hoppy with a really nice bitter citrus note and a decent alcohol warming sensation at the end. The flavor hung around for a long while with a bitter sweet citrus flavor left to lie on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was just below medium in body with a dry oily texture and a prickly carbonation.
Overall a sensationally tasting Barleywine with just the right blending of sweet malts and bitter hops...
Beachmaster (239) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 2, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle into a tulip. Pours a deep, clear mahogany, with a medium light brown head that persists, leaving good lacing. Nose is grassy and citrusy, with a faint whiff of stone fruit. Taste begins with a slight caramel flavor, but the excessive amount of hop bitterness kills any flavor quickly. Extremely bitter and very unbalanced. Would not buy again-a disappointment from an otherwise excellent brewer.
vjohans (478) - SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
chocolate, caramel, herbs, alcohol, vanilla, hazy, brown, white foam, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, decent but i want more from the the abv
Zakoon (241) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours clear dark copper with a creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet malts, caramel, dark dried fruits, citrus and toffee. Full bodied, thick texture, soft carbonation.
Malin_aiisa (231) - SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red brown, hazy, minimal head.
Caramel, plum aroma.
sweet taste of caramel, slight bitter.
fizzy and nice.
Vaiz (3834) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in Baltimore. Clear amber pour, foamy off-white head. Aroma is very thick floral hops, caramel, fruity, piney and reminds me of the great Hercules IPA, which I love. Flavor is a thick bitter body with a huge malt base. Smooth and very solid. Slightly on the bitter side, but still very drinkable. Great Barley wine.
YigSvartka (219) - Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black with a slight purplish hue and meager sized beige head. Malt, chocolate, red wine, dried cherry, raisin, cinnamon, and nutmeg fragrance. Smooth and creamy body. Remarkably complex combination of flavours consisting of the above mentioned as well as vanilla and syrup. Aged for 2 years which is likely why the hops arenít very prominent, but Iím not dissatisfied in the slightest.
TheGB (567) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber or brown. Aroma of spicy hops and caramel. Similar taste. Just too one dimensional.
Darwenus (648) - Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a substantial beer. It pours a deep red/brown, almost a burgundy color, with not much foam. The aroma is subdued, this beer doesnít play itís cards up front. I picked up on a little sweet malt and yeast and not much else on the nose. The flavor is delicious. Itís mellow and sweet up front, with caramel and oak on the front of the tongue, then the back end is all about pop and tingle. The hops come through on the finish and burn, with some citrus and grassy notes. The caramel comes back for an encore on the exhale, along with the unavoidable. Barley wine has replaced stout as the power player style for most of my favorite breweries, and Great Divide has a real headliner in this one
Bulk_Carrier (2716) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - MAY 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled on Feb 24, 2015.
Actually, I had this in a tulip. Here are my observations.
The appearance was an dark amber to light brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. A light film of lacing spider webs into the beer.
The smell holds a nice bittersweet combination of sweet citrus hops running into a sticky yet somewhat toasty caramel malts. Light tropical fruits also display themselves delicately.
The taste was bittersweet, taking the sweet citrus hops and running them into the toasted caramel malts. A sweet sticky citrus to malty aftertaste leads into a sticky finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sipping quality about it. The carbonation seemed good for the style and for me. The bitterness is about a medium.
Overall, what a wonderful American barleywine. Everything fits right, I would definitely have this again.
Bebum (502) - - JUN 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper, clear, covering lace.
Full body, moderate flavor, burning hot, low carbonation, avg length, unsurprizing finish.
Sweet, low bitterness and acidity.
Malty, alcoholic flavor.
Like drinking spirits (whiskey), as I remember this experience from decades ago.
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