jstraw (1844) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2011
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber with big, foamy, tan head / Big nose of fresh cut pine, citrus, and caramel / Full body, somewhat chewy, with big malts balanced by sharply biting hops and some heat on the good, bitter finish / Flavors of caramel, fresh cut pine, orange, and grapefruit / A lot of good elements, but rough on the palate.
beernbourbon (1214) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to jckp64. Pour is deep caramel brown with a medium light brown head. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy with notes of caramel malt, deep citrusy notes, and a very light alcohol burn. Smells wonderful. Flavor is also notably hoppy with hints of pine and citrus hop and caramel malt. Has good depth of flavor and a very well-balanced flavor. This is pretty darn good, thanks John!.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Maria’s Party. Why they said barley wine, I’ll never know. This is an imperial IPA. Huge hops in the nose, all citrusy and resiny and awesome. On taste, crushing bitterness. There is enough malt to just hold up the hops but it is not big enough for a barleywine. A bit more sweetness and body and this would have been a really nice American barley wine. As it stands, I don’t see this one doing well with age. Still, damn fine hop assault of a beer.
Frank (2224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is really more of a IIPA than a barleywine. It’s got a nice, bright hop nose but is a bit sticky and sluggish on the palate but not in such a way that really lends towards slow slipping as you’d want to see in a barleywine. It’s well balanced though and pleasant enough.
sherm1016 (998) - 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 (1718) - 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 (3809) - 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 (3200) - Petaluma, 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.