DeKreeft2799 (18) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
great great beer
CampesinoTino (690) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle brewed on 3/15/2012, 10.1% ABV. Pours a light brownish amber color with sudsy beige foam. Mostly caramelized sugars, dark fruits and malt in the aroma with a bit of honey in the background. The taste starts with caramel, raisin and toasted malt flavors that lead to notes of orange citrus, resiny hops and vanilla. Mild creaminess in the body along with low carbonation and a dry, malty finish. Straightforward American style Barley Wine with pretty good balance overall.
improvjock (312) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Well over a year old (sticker says it was brewed 03/12/12). Pours a dark cloudy brown with minimal tan head. Low carbonation. Very complex aroma with brandy, figs, licorice, and brown sugar. You can really taste the alcohol, this is a strong one. Flavor is pretty malty, with dark fruits and a bit of sourness. Very heavy. This is not my normal style, but itís good stuff.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky red brown color with a small, off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, light oxidation, pine, vanilla, and some alcohol. Taste of nice dried fruits, raisins, caramel, light vanilla, tobacco and oxidation / lt alcohol finish.
Alphadelic (1732) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
2011 bottle at Stumbling Monk: obviously old, a little cardboard and heavy fruit. Dry-ish, some sugar and residual heat in the throat. Iíd drain pour it if someone hadnít paid $8 for it.
BillKismet (3168) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Over a year old, this batch had some time to age. Appearance is orange-amber with a creamy beige cover. Rich fruity aroma that splinters into apricot, tangerine, dark candied fruits, and zesty fruit punch. The body is of juicy fruitiness and chocolate. Apricot, tangerine, and fruity punchy notes all emerge. Medium-bodied, even a bit thin over the palate. No off-flavors and quite quaffable.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Appearance: Pours dark reddish copper color with a nice off-white head. Aroma: Dark fruits, caramel, and burnt sugar come to the nose. Taste: Sweet sugary plum comes through. A little more on the sweet side with not much hop bitterness coming in on the palate.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, split with mcberko. Pours an orange / red with fine white lacing. Aroma of candied sugar, red fruits, syrup, caramel, molasses, honey, and some marzipan. Flavour of marzipan, booze, caramel, candied sugar, dark fruits, molasses, some roasted coffee and lightly burnt wood. Light carbonation, lightly bitter, sweet, but not cloying. Flavour is not as well rounded as hoped.
mcberko (4844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours a somewhat hazy mahogany with a small ring of beige head. Aroma of toffee, candied dark fruits (plum, raisin), caramel - not really hinting at much hop character. Flavour of maple syrup, toffee, candied fruits and just enough hop character to balance out the sweetness and prevent it from becoming cloying. Thick, viscous, syrupy palate, with only a slight alcohol burn. A little too syrupy and after a while, a bit cloying. Solid barley wine.
AmEricanbrew (5205) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark amber color/ ivory head. Honeydew melon, pit fruit, marshmallow aromas. Smooth medium body. Nicely sweet ní sharp caramel, marshmallow, pit fruit flavors with some spicy alcohol twang to finish--good
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to Rachel, who brought this back from Washington for me. This is my fifth of the Sampler Six she bought for me, and Iíve been very impressed so far. This barleywine is probably the best of the lot, too. Pours clear medium "old gold" to copper, medium off-white head, which is again quite persistent and laces beautifully. Whatever else Ice Harbor might do as a brewery, they make bloody marvelous looking beers. Nose is right up there with some really top-flight younger barleywines Iíve had, complex, spicy, citrus hops, fudgy cocoa notes, caramel, red fruits, pipe tobacco, licorice, both red and black, some earthiness, cedar, some notes I can only describe as "of the Orient" here too. Flavours arenít quite a match for the nose, but few things are. Flavours are "darker" than the nose, more molasses and raisins, brandy, marmalade, slight red candy note, but more tubas notes here that trumpet... A very classic American-style barleywine, I really must source some of this to age. Had this after the well-made though unimpressive Kolsch, and it was very much a horse of a different colour. Startlingly good, especially considering the very pedestrian packaging.