sherm1016 (886) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from Half Acre. Pours a cloudy, reddish-brown color with an off-white head. Aroma is hoppy, sweet, candy, malty. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, a little pine hops, with a bitter hop finish. Ok, but definitely not Half Acre’s best.
LtDan (1676) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a dark orange with a quickly subsided head and no lace left behind.
Aroma: Peaches and spicy sweet malt.
Taste: Super bitter hops and grapefruit held together by some sticky, moderately sweet malt.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with modest carbonation.
Overall: A nice hoppy barleywine, blurring the lines between it and a double IPA.
drewbeerme (3644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler, pours amber with off beige head. a juicy red fruit aroma with toffee malt undertones. flavors continue with that juicy red hoppage and tropical fruit, cotton candy, with a finish of earthy cherry pit. dry finish. similar to behemoth.
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque ruby brown with minimal head. Aroma of citrus hops and slight molasses sweetness. Medium bodied for a barleywine but is very creamy on the palate. Nice. Big bitterness up front which reminds me more of a double IPA, could use some more malt body to balance. Long bitter citrus finish. Good barleywine, interested in seeing how this tastes in a few years.
kmweaver (3143) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of pantanap. Thanks, Kan! Pours a deep ruby-amber color, high clarity; creamy, fine-bubbled off-white head with good retention and lacing. Significant amounts of sharp ethanol in the aroma, followed by pronounced candied maltiness / crystal malt and plenty of pine and citrus hops; big, forward, boozy aroma. Medium-full body; moderate levels of carbonation; significant warmth coming through from the alcohol. Following the aroma closely, the central projection here is a strong showing of alcohol with just a modest degree of vinous character to it (still overt, sharp ethanol, mostly); medium-high levels of pithy citrus and pine hop bitterness and flavor that’s reasonably well expressed, plus a basic core candied maltiness (again, heavy on the crystal malt, and just not a whole lot beyond that); heavily hop-forward barley wine that would almost certainly benefit from some time to mellow out. Still, probably not worth the effort or the shelf space, in that regard, but still reasonably solid if boozy; not a lot of malt complexity: mostly tea and candied sweetness. Long finish, with some toast, sugar, and lingering citrus / pine bitterness.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma of pine, citrus, caramel malt. Nice Barley Wine - with a serious hop kick and bitterness. Citrus, pine, dark fruit. Going to be nice to let one sit for a bit.
TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from the brewery (Chicago, IL). Shared at Flossmoor’s Alt Tapping. Pours a nice glowing copper hue, a healthy haze, decent frothy tannish head dies to a thicker film, laces ok, stays around as a film. Aromas are some sweet toffee and biscuits, florals and bigger citrus hop presence, pine, sweet sticky malts. Initial is fairly bitter up front, heavier body preaches bigger bitter resinous pine, florals, and some citrusy hops. Grass, with some sweet toasty malts, toast, bread, biscuits. Middle preaches some citrus, orange marmalade, lemon, pine, toffee, caramel, biscuits. Finish is dry, floral and bitter, pine. Pretty hoppy overall, dry and piney, with strong bitterness. Very strong firm hop profile for a Barleywine, good flavors, but lacks a balance. Still, really nice beer.
pantanap (3153) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Half acre wild America... Pours a deeper shade of a toffee caramel
reddish pour, mostly opaque, with a frothy milky white head. As dark
as callow was... Aroma is hugely citrusy and fruity, mildly tendency
for sweetness. Somewhat phenolicly aggressive with a slight off-note
perhaps from the booze... Flavors follow suit with a full on citrus
force, pretty nicely hopped with a decent enough malt backbone to
balance out although this remains pre-dominanantly hoppy. Softer
mouthfeel with a dry finish. Not too cloying or thick on the palate. Solid and a nice offering, albeit a little hop-forward which i’m not complaining about.
Pawola22 (3096) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from the brewery. Pours a cloudy, red-orange colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is big resiny pines with a good amount of sharp, but sweeter grapefruits and oranges. A nice caramel and toffee maltiness to keep the aggressive hops balanced while lending a nice sweetness. Lots of brighter floral fruits giving off a bit of a sugary candy note too. Flavor is similar. Plenty of grapefruit pines and resiny oranges up front with lots of florals and a touch of pepper. Caramel and toffee again offer a nice sweetness to balance, but this is definitely about the hops. Finishes dry with plenty of resiny, grapefruit pines and floral fruits before leaving a higher, balanced bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and moderate carbonation. I like the palate on this one. It’s not as full as some of my favorite barley wines, but the body fits with this because it allows the hops to shine. Overall, a really solid beer. Tons of hops with a nice complexity. No hint of alcohol and very easy drinking for the ABV%. Definitely my kind of barley wine.
satan165 (1008) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. aroma is big meaty pine, quite savory and earthy. giant caramel backdrop never cloys, perfectly tempered by immediate and equally large hopping. appearance is a rare ’5’: cloudy - nearly murky - ruby red with wispy head. luscious. flavor is sizzling bitterness, some delicious gummy phenols come to light with pleasant rubber as well. balance continues from nose. sessionable; i assumed a growler would be overkill for the style and ABV but the flavor precludes that and should have pushed me to a full on bender.