Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. brown bottle. A reddish brown with a small head. The aroma is sweet, candy, fruity, and grains. Not a bad aroma. The taste is barley sweet, and some fruitiness. This seems to be a really straightforward basic barleywine. It does go down fairly smoothe for the alcohol content.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle in a wine glass. The beer pours a deep copper/amber color, with a low just off-white head. The nose shows piney hop character, a slight note of alcohol, and a background raison malt note. The palate shows a medium-high to high English crystal malt sweetness up front, perhaps showing a bit of the sample’s age. Carbonation is beautifully calibrated. Alcohol is nicely hidden throughout the palate; impressive, given the content of the aforesaid of the beer. The finish leaves a lingering note of raisony malt sweetness, along with a very slight bitterness, and just a touch of alcohol. Overall, a really nice interpretation of the style, especially given the relatively tender age of the sample.
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured with a copper color and a tan, lacing head. Caramel, apple, cinnamon, fruits, honey in the aroma. Sweet start in a medium dense and carbonated body. Decent hoppy finish. Pretty good.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
slight tawny color, white head. low retention rate. apples, plums, figs, some spices. good solid hop character, but the malts outweigh them which is nice for an american barleywine. very mellow, great aged or fresh..
bbbeer (613) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice red-brown with small light-tan head. Aroma pine, floral hops, candy background. Somewhat syrupy, light alcohol presence, almost no carbonation. Flavor is quite sweet, malty caramel and brown sugar, minimal hops, boozy finish. Really needs a drier finish or more carbonation or something but somehow altogether more pleasant to drink than the individual flaws would suggest.
thechandler (591) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an orange-amber color. Aroma is bold and alcoholic. Flavor is strong, dark fruit notes - plums, currants, etc. Pretty darn good, but flavor that packs a monster of a punch.
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a white head. Smells of flowers, citrus and lots of hops. Tastes of medium bitterness and heavy sweetness. Medium bodied. Oily texture. Finishes cloying with a hint of bitter.
LiteWait (267) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle, pored into snifter. Pours a dark reddish amber in color with a small off white head that produced some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma smells like sweet, white grape. Flavor mirrors the aroma and the booze burn is not so bad. Finishes dry and sweet. All the flavors of a great barleywine are there, but maybe a bit young and I bet this would cellar well. A god one to sip. One of the better barleywines I have sampled.
GSH1976 (241) - Delaware, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange/brown color and is loaded with small floating particles. Aroma is very sweet with some bready malt, brown sugar and caramel. Taste is very similar and the alcohol is hidden well (that may change as it warms). Body is medium to heavy and there is a little bitterness in the finish. This doesn’t taste bad, and it is rather easy to drink, but nothing stands out. This is definitely well below average compared to other barleywines. I think it would be difficult to drink another.
VALIS (229) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose of candied fruit, toffee. Nice blend of flavors, on the sweet side but far from cloyingly sweet or sticky. Really well balanced. This one took me by surprise not having heard much of Harpoon’s Leviathan line and not being the biggest Barley Wine fan.