douglas88 (5556) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Whole Foods, who can beat decent pours for free while grocery shopping! On a Sunday afternoon. Haha. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. The aroma is mostly sticky sweet malts, light citrus hops. The flavor is toffee, caramel, big sweet hops, medium to low bitterness. Good beer. A bit of heat.
Sledutah (4115) - Utah, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled this at Whole Foods in Beaverton
Clear golden with a small off-white head and some lacing. Aroma is hoppy, pine and sweet. Flavor is the same, hoppy and pine resin
Decent, still pretty hot and bitter.
GTAEgeek (1062) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at First Sunday. Pours a cloudy yellow with a medium, white head. Forward hop aromas of pine and flowers, with a backbone of toffee and white bread. Strong bitterness up front, but well balanced with a lot of malty sweetness. Heavy body, with a thick, ascerbic mouthfeel. I’m not usually a fan of hop forward barley wines, but this one is quite tasty.
Beerenberger (1270) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nose of tropical fruit with touches of caramel. A murky orange amber pour with a mostly deminishing off-white head and no lacing. The taste is lightly sweet initially with a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Tropical fruit, suggestions of caramel, resin/pine notes, and a comfortable alcohol warmth in the finish. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat of a dry mouthfeel. Overall, very enjoyable, but somewhat on the hoppy side of the taste profile.
Bule (574) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle pours a hazy pale brown color. Good yeasty malt flavors and a good amount of hops.
fcjack1 (105) - Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009, on tap at the Red Hot. Dark amber, white head. Scent of booze and caramel. Very sweet, caramely taste. Smooth. Good beer.
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle in 2013 - clear golden. Fruity honeyed cereal nose. Smooth and sweet pretty fruity and with a little heat in the back end. Very cereal driven.
AdamJackson (2100) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden Orange, almost no head. Draft pour at Bailey’s. Insanely piney nose with spruce tips. Considering the ABV, the taste is quite good. More west-coast IPA than English. Very bitter, loads of west coast piney hops. The sweetness totally makes the malt backbone sort of faded and not up front. What you get is a sweet, lemon pie sort of sweetness with a touch of green grapes and lots of pine cone.
peteinSD (1281) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
’11 bottle. Hazy and bright copper color in the glass with a slick of white foam. Aroma is dried fruit (apricot) and slight alcohol with darker malt and alcohol vapors underneath. Taste is dried fruit with alcohol heat and a backbone of darker plum and raisin with bitterness in the finish. Slightly thin mouthfeel. Doesn’t quite fit into the classic barley wine style but I rather enjoyed it more than the overall ratings would suggest.
pdx77 (1021) - Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2014 On draught at 2013 Hopworks Biketobeerfest 9/21/13. Hazy light golden. Spearmint and spiced aroma. Taste is heavy spice and pine hops. This aged version seemed to be a little off, so I rated it a 3.2. In the past, it has been a Hopworks favorite. Rating is partially based on past experiences.