auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. Nice warm, fruity, fresh and malty aroma. A nice redness to this example, with a good lick of up front hoppiness. Pours a slightly hazed dark amber, with plenty of creamy, soft off-white head. The flavors are not extremely complex, and the malt base seems a little less dense than I would expect for a 10% barleywine, but I appreciate the added perception of dryness. It’s kind of like an unhoppy Stone barleywine, not a lot of raging malt action. Finishes clean and bright. This is a fine beer, just a little safe.
mar (4971) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber with a cream head. Nose is hops, dark fruits, light caramel, and doughy malts. Nice on the palate, flavor is chewy malts, sticky, hops are there but not the stars of this show, leave this one to the malts, and fruit flavors. Slightly hot finish.
DocLock (8185) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Capone’s that I’m cracking now as I listen to Daughtry. The pour is clear deep coppery caramel colored with 1-finger off-white head. Not quite a 5. Nose is nice earthy caramel malt, spirity hops, fruit, tart slightly funky yeasty, with that "Hey, man, I;m a big barleywine, and you are going to have to deal with me" smell that we all crave so much. The flavor is big caramel malty, a bit sticky, very fruity, with big hops, caro syrupy malt that is big and bold, a solid complexity, and a complex, dense palate. This is one of Harpoon’s best whales, but you really need to be Ahab to appreciate it. Queequegs need not apply.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, slight alcohol, light dark ripe fruit, and some toasted sugars. Poured copper/amber in color with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, light alcohol, light caramel, hops, slight toasting, slight brown sugar, and yeast. Medium body. Oily, then lightly dry and slightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Malt, toasted sugar, hop, and caramel finish is lightly dry. 10%ABV is quite obvious in the flavor, and noticeable in the aroma. Not all that much flavor.
crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pous a very dark amber color with about a finger of head.
nose is thick with sweet, brown sugary molasses, hops, and alcohol burn. yum. lol
taste is about spot on with the nose. Very sweet, with a strong brown sugary molasses flavor. Alcohol on the finish is definitely there, but the burn is not too bad due to the hops and the sweet making it pretty smooth. Makes me wonder what this would do in the cellar... a little thin for my tastes, as the barleywines I have been liking lately have been pretty thick. But, overall not too bad an attempt.
jimhilt (2442) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a three fingered cream head that slowly fades to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Expecting a dark fruit nose but it is sweet malt. Color is crystal clear amber. Flavor is malty sweet with a good hop backbone. Some lingering hoppiness. High ABV is hidden. $3.00 for a 12oz bottle from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH.
Jblauvs (1350) - Chester, Vermont, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glowing Port like pour with a thin fizzy offwhite head. Aroma is alcohol, lady fingers, some fig, brown sugar. Mouthfeel is medium, with a bit of alcohol harshness on the tongue. Flavor is very young, boozy barleywine with brown sugar, raisin and fig. Despite the booziness, this is actually very easy to drink. Showing great potential.
PBoegel (29) - New York, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled on day 316 of 2010, this beer is extremely fresh and has the alcohol warming in the nose and taste to prove it. Not harshly aromatic or burning, just young. Aromas are fig, raisin, cherry and white grape juice, oak tannins and a touch of lemon, sugar cookie and biscuit malt.
medium bodied and quite drinkable beyond the alcohol warmth in the finish, with a delicate bitterness and moderately light carbonation. The flavor profile has notes of port and sherry with toasty and nutty characters coming upfront. The finish is semi-sweet with raisin, white grapes, brown sugar and bittersweet chocolate. There is little to speak of in the way of hops in his beer, touches of earthy herbal and lemon zest, but this is a beer in which the malt & alcohol co-mingle and shine.
A very nice night cap, with lots of character and a nice malt contrast to the over indulgent American Barley wines of today.