Doghair (259) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into paint glass from a bomber. Dark orange with a minimal head that quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass. The scent is big hops. Unexpected. None of the sweet malt aroma I normally get from a barley wine. The first taste is very hoppy. Almost an imperial IPA but there’s some malt in there. The finish is unusual. I attribute it to the Falconer’s Flight hops which were new to me. The real taste came through after it warmed a little. Then I got a much nicer hop/malt balance. Sweet, malty, citrus and a nice bitter finish. The palate was nice but a little light. This is a good and somewhat unique Barley Wine. A nice change from the normal malty sweetness most have.
merc7186 (2151) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: Bready Malts, Caramel Malts
Appearance: Dark Amber Hue, Passes Mild Light, White Head, Some Lacing
Taste: Bready Malts, Semi Boozy
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Boozy
tectactoe (2042) - Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle: Thanks, Ed. Labeled as Marty Stouffer’s Wild America. Muddy, opaque copper with no head... Barely even a dingy, gray ring. Aroma of light caramel & some cardboard-y oxidation. Faint anise, prune, & other dark fruit. Kind of stale. The taste (unfortunately) shows even more oxidation... Stale paper & cardboard overcast what’s underneath. Dried, dark fruits, prunes, caramel drizzle, with a back-end hint of earthy bitterness. May have been good fresh, but the oxygen got to this one, sadly.
Pailhead (4900) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of OHLRangers
Bottle: The aroma consists caramel, toffee, aged citrus hops, and light oxidation. It pours a dark hazy amber with a small off-white head. The flavor starts with caramel, light toffee, and a hint of fruit. The finish has some light citrus hops and a touch of oxidation. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation.
jmagnus87 (2438) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from the third annual hardened liver barleywine fest. From notes. Spicy rye and loads of citrus and tropical fruit. Alcohol is very well hidden.
Ratman197 (9961) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a clear orange amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of caramel, fruitiness and earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of caramel, fruitiness and light earthiness with a smooth lingering fruity caramel finish.
dinkle50 (999) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep red, cloudy pour. Thin head. Medium bodied mouth. Taste has a little toffee, grain & some butterfinger candybar. Aroma is pretty boozy. As this warms up there is an umami here, almost salty. Alcohol is well hidden despite the aroma.
ARH (481) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2014 22oz bomber poured into a brandy snifter (aged 3 months). The initial pour gives away a note of acetone, but that fades quick. After that, some notes akin to an apple cinnamon strudel come through, followed, in turns, by a very sugary, candy caramel, honey, some light leather notes, grass, and citrus. The sweet caramel candy aroma becomes dominant once it settles. It’s a sparkling brown-amber (more on the brown side) topped by a soft off-white head that dissipates quickly to a wispy cirrus-cloud like layer and it leaves a light, splotchy lacing that retreated back into the beer (probably more due to the glass shape than anything else). It balances well between a medium sweetness and a medium / medium-light bitterness (the bitterness fades more and more as the end of the bottle approaches). The medium bodied beer is oily in texture, and goes down smooth with the help of a lively carbonation. A toffee flavor starts off the drink, but it gives way to a rye finish with a nice bourbon warmth to it. The rye sticks around in the aftertaste appears at first, but this evolves to show hints of citrus, vanilla, and buttery caramel with a mild resinous coating over time. I’ve never sampled this one fresh, but even after three months, it’s already pretty mellowed out and the bitterness really only shows itself in the first few sips and late in the aftertaste
Mittenator (1354) - Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from a December 2012 bottle. Red/copper/orange with a tan head. Caramel and malty. Smells like a big IPA. Kinda tastes like an imperial IPA past it's prime with an orange finish
beersighted (110) - - JAN 28, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet yet spicy rye makes up the base of this fine beer. A mild aroma, but a big intense, clean flavor highlight the wonderful alcohol content and ensuing buzz of this one.
crossovert (7588) - Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Super light and fruity barley wine. Not a hint of booze. Moderate hops.