Great Lakes Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
A full-bodied barley wine with a smooth, velvety taste and mellow hop nose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2008
This was the 9th tasted in a 28 bottle bw blind tasting. Poured an almost clear light copper color with a minimal head. Aroma of body odor, citrus , dirty hops, caramel and golden apples. Light malt on the flavor. Citrus hop with a moderate bitterness on the finish. Some alcohol pepper on the end. Light-medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2008
On tap @ the brewery 3/15/08: Cloudy chestnut brown w/ a medium sized lasting dark cream colored tight head. Citrusy and piney hops when chilled, some perfumey alcohol with caramel and toasted malt when warmed. Also a lightly floral and fruity ester. Alcohol gets stronger as it warms, a hint of raisiny fruit, and a moderate bready malt aroma. The flavor starts citrusy (grapefruit) juice like when chilled, but toasty and bready malts balance the hop flavors. Also lightly bitter in balance, but pleasant. Finish is bitter and herbal flavored, and there is also a touch of acidity from the carbonation. Aftertaste is herbal and bitter. Itís warming and dry on the palate from the alcohol, and a touch from the hops. Fuller body, and medium carbonation. Not a great barleywine, but a pretty decent one. Alcohol is a touch up front for my taste, but a nice little sipper. I would imagine this will age well, but the fact that itís only available on tap may prevent that from happening unless GLBC holds a couple back for future verticals or festivals.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Hazy off red pour with basically no head at all. Aroma is sweet malts and some fruity esters. Flavor is caramel malt and fruits raisens, berries and even a touch of apple/pear going on. Hoppy finish with a fresh leafy taste. But the problem is the body is too thin and undercarbonated which leads to a syrupy like aftertaste, seems too young and just not big enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Tap at the brewpub - very hazy strawberry-colored beer, with substantial head/lacing - apparent hop bitterness in the aroma, with some very bright fruity esters (strawberry and other berries, light notes of citrus) - the first sip is quite off-putting - there is an odd, mossy, dry, bitter character, with some strong marris otter or golden promise malt flavor and a juniper/gin-like character - very odd - underneath this are the high sweetness and fruity flavors characteristic of most middle-of-the-road American barleywines - rather lacking in the complexity department, but it is quite smooth aside from the bitter gin-like flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Draft at Great Lakes gathering at the Dilly Deli. Poured clear orange copper color with a minimal off-white creamy head that was mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate tart fruit, sour citrus hop and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth sticky texture. Medium to heavy tart bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of long duration. First version, high IBU. I will look for next version to be more balanced for bottle production.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2008
On tap at the brewpub: Pours a hazy copper color with a small white head. Aroma, earthy and citrus hops galore, some pine as it warms, and some pale and caramel malts. Flavor, smooth caramel and bready malts flavors up front, sweet to start with the citrus and earthy hops coming in strong on the finish, some pine flavors also developed as it warmed up. Very smooth with quite the bitter kick on the finish.

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