devman171 (674) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours reddish amber with low head, aroma is roasted sweet malts and light alcohol. taste is rich malts and nice balance, great finish
writerljberg (465) - Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 on tap at brewery.
A: Full creme colored head with a warm brown body.
N: Forward malt with a good amount of honey and hops. Some brown sugar and toffee. Brittle.
T: Peppery and hoppy. Less sweetness in the veins. Has a bite, but is well rounded overall.
M: Sticky and medium bodied. Very nice carbonation.
O: Drifting towards a strong ale, but still well done. One of the best recent vintages fresh.
Brentv (197) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, what a drink! So smooth! This is one to sip slowly with a friend and share for an hour. On tap at the Hair of the Dog brewpub. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Light head without much lacing. Flavor is fruity and moderately sweet. Big alcohol punch but it’s not in the flavor at all. Awesome beer. A real masterpiece. Very very smooth.
kbudd19 (364) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottle. Muddy brown pour. Aroma is big and hoppy lots of malty sweetness. Taste is hoppy, caramel... a big damn American barleywine and a very tasty one.
tmrmwel (721) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Hair of the Dog, Portland. Vertical tasting of 2009, 2011 and 2012 vintages. Pours hazy dark brown with a finger thick head. Aroma is very fruity and bitter, with orange peel and apricots, as well as some notes of grapefruit. Full body with soft carbonation. Flavour is bitter with apricots, orange peel and lots of fruitiness coming together in a long sweet but bitter finish. The 2009 keeps amazingly well, and surprisingly enough comes off as the most hop accentuated. Still not too much difference over the years, and it’s really just a consistent and superb brew.
jgb9348 (4434) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 Bottle // Purchased Feb 2012 // Sampled October 2013
Deep ruby tinted body with a rich amber, copper and brown body, all with a nice, single centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of amazingly complex scotch, malt, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, bourbon, metal and tons of pit fruits - very nice and ridiculously complex for a smell - even for the style. Full-bodied; Deep dense toasted malt flavours, coupled with tons of hops (still noticeable after 2+ years), earthy and deeply bittering brown sugar and caramel, some pit fruits with a little coffee flavour and a rich, dry, oaky and pine flavour that lasts quite a while. Aftertaste really brings out the complexity with malt, caramel and toffee really showing through with a good hoppy flavour showing some bitterness for a well-rounded flavour. Overall, a great barley wine and one well worth saving - even for 5+ years, it will only get better for the foreseeable future. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Tustin, California on 08-February-2012 for US$5.49 sampled at home in Washington on 28-October-2013 in celebration of running the USMC Marathon here at home in Arlington.
gramity (1277) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours is hazy brown with almost no carbonation but its not that big of a deal in that case. Smell has some grapefruits, a bit piney, dark fruits and caramel. Taste follows on the same path with some sherry, burnt sugar, toffee. Palate is heavy, a bit sweet but not cloying. A full bodied Barleywine that became one of my favorites non-barrel aged. Definitly a sipper.
kevinator (667) - The Colony, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good barley wine that held up well as this was a 2011 bottle. Sweet malt and hoppy aroma. Nice deep coppery brown color with a small head. Higher than average weight and mild carbonation. Nice blend of flavors from sweet bready malts to toffee and caramel with a high bittering finish. Alcohol was there but not overpowering. Great sit back and enjoy beer.
One2remeber (135) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 bottle. Brouwers, WA.
Barleywine to the tee. Chewy caramel, hops are light, citrus.
So so clean. Fruity, light sherry notes.
Very impressed with how smooth it is.
Sask89 (398) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - AUG 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice deep amber colour, clear with a creamy tan head. Aroma is of caramel with subtle hop notes and some toasted barley. Taste is more sweet than bitter, but is quite balanced. Full-medium body, softer carbonation and syrupy on the palate. Overall a strong barley wine.