pete4999 (974) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle on a recommendation from a friend who had tried it recently. Not sure when this batch was bottled or whatnot. Definitely a bit of a boozy barleywine...sweet flavor, heavy on brown sugar. Has the barrel-aged flavor...bourbon, vanilla and whatnot, but not too heavy on it. Not overwhelming, but good.
hockeybeerguy (917) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Received in trade. Reviewed from notes.
She pours a dark amber and shows more of a brown sort of colored body with a one finger white foamy head that dies within a minute. The lacing sticks to the glass but ends up sliding after a good minute.
The aroma has a nice amount of caramel, hops, vanilla, a bit of oak, light tobacco, toffee, bourbon all combined and comes through in an earthy sort of way.
The taste is mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors, slight vanilla/bourbon aftertaste (this has got to be fairly fresh). She has a somewhat of a dry finish.
On the palate, she sits about a medium to heavy in body, not exactly sessionable (thought I tried to have it with Thanksgiving dinner, my own fault). Carbonation seems to be smoother than I thought it would be, still very good for the most part.
Overall, this is a very good Barleywine that I would have again, good job Horseheads, too bad I can’t get it on a regular basis here in AK, still keep gettin’ this bad boy out to your locals in NY.
hopdog (8530) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Poured a mahogany color with an off white head. Some wood, grains, lighter bourbon, vanilla, and some dark fruits. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.
Strykzone (4496) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at esbls. Clear and darker brown. Nice complex fruit aroma smells like a barleywine. Bourbon and wood. Wood is tasted first but not oak. Rye. Bourbon with vanilla. Raisins. Just a bit of harshness. Good stuff.
redpooba (396) - New York, USA - MAR 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark red with a crisp white head. The aroma is strong grains, the body is huge. The flavors are not balanced, the finish is hot and unfinished. This could have been put in barrels for another 6 months.
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