madmitch76 (12162) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
27th November 2012
Aged in DuPont Calvados barrels. Hazy red brown beer. Small off white head. Malty nose with a trace of apple. Softish semi dry palate. Sweetish malt tempered by a little aniseed. Trace of wood leads to sweet toffee and a little tangy apple. Nicely joined up. Tasty but not shouty.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Name: Barley Wine
Date: December 26, 2010
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma, touch of fruity character, light earthyness
Flavor: rich fruity flavor, dark caramel sweetness, balancing earthyness, light bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
Travlr (9840) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at The Porter. Murky brown color, bright tan head, solid lacing. Aroma of candied port wine. Taste is vinous brandy, vanilla, boozy plums. Delicious.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a murky brownish color with very minimal head formation. Smells heavily of booze and the calvados barrels it was aged in. A bit of green apple, too. Some sweet caramel, toffee, and butterscotch are also there, maybe some vanilla. Sort of a bland flavor, all things considered. Bread and toffee malt with a hint of vanilla. Really not much of the booze that was present on the nose. A hint of oak and calvados toward the back end. Sort of thin for a barleywine with low carbonation.
hopscotch (8370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Clear, beautiful, copper-colored ale with little to no head. Aromatically, this is a total malt bomb – caramel and brown sugar with whispers of date, dried fig and oak. Full-bodied with a fatty mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. The flavor is adequately balanced, but is certainly full of malty, caramely goodness with splashes of tawny port and maple syrup. Finishes fairly crisp, but the maple and caramel lusciousness prevents this one from being a true thirst quencher… not that I would expect that quality in an English-style barleywine.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour. Very small head. Aroma is sweet, light oxidation, apple core, brown sugar. Flavor is light apple, brown sugar, golden raisins, sherry wine.
BMan1113VR (7694) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2010-3 Bottle. A Austrian Barrel Aged Barley Wine? That’s unique. Bottle notes that it is aged in E. Dupont Calvados Barrels (good stuff). Pours with a murky brown body and a thing khaki head that fades in about a minute. Some alcohol legs and lace. Aromas of chewy caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, cereal, apple brandy (or calvados): sort of raw, earthy, woody with a strong, vinous, apple character. A bit of a soggy grain smell. Flavors are much more strongly linked to the calvados. Raw apple, brandy wood. More than a bit metallic and medicinal/bandaid; all things that can be found in good calvados, but do not work well with this beer. Big and thick body. Light carbonation. Okay, but not great by any means.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a clear bronze copper with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet caramel malty nose with some vinous fruity notes. Starts with average fullness and light carbonation with a mild sweetness and unique tart fruity and oak complexity before a fairly smooth finish. Doesn’t quite have the body to match the barrel character, but a tasty brew nonetheless.
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - JAN 21, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at The Birch listed as "Hofstettner Sour Barley Wine 2011" at 8.3% abv. Pours a flat, clear, deep red tea. Nose is Twizzlers, red candies, red apple. Taste is harsher: some bile character, abrasiveness, paper, acid, moving to citric lemon tea. Eh. Dupont Calvados barrels show up on a Google search, I assume that is what this is.
jtclockwork (6227) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber brown. Nose of brown sugar, plum, raisin, molasses, oak and maple. Taste of maple, light bourbon, wood, brown sugar, raisin, candy apple and molasses.