Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
In short: A typical, but very much oxidized barley wine
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when almost 2 year old. Too old maybe.
The look: Cloudy light brown body topped by a medium beige head
In long: Nose of cardboard and caramel. Taste is crème caramel, booze, peanuts, wet cardboard, tobacco. Alcohol is very apparent. Finish is a bit bite of alcohol. The body is foamy/fluffy with a overly active carbonation. I had this beer in a tasting a few months back and it was oxidized. I didn’t rate it knowing I had a bottle home. My bottle was oxidized too. And both bottles were not purchased at the same time from the same pub. So I’d say that the odds of other bottles of Iron Hill Barleywine are pretty high. And I paid about $20 for that oxidized crap. What have I done to deserve that? What do people have against me? I am not a bad person. I am a good person. I am a good person who has done some bad things. To an alarm clock. Sexually.
TaktikMTL (6358) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez moi. Arôme: Odeur de caramel fruité avec une pointe d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée voilée. Présence d’une mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel légèrement fruité avec une pointe d’alcool et d’houblons. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de caramel fruité en arrière goût. (Rating #2940)
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
( 750ml bottle, courtesy of jkwalking05 ) Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, peat, toffee, and roasted malt. Flavor of caramel malt, herbs, earth, some dried apricot, and peat.
travita (4336) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to jkwalking05. The look is amber to red in color with an off white head. The smell is toasted marshmellow, roasty, malts, fruits, alcohol, caramel, and good. The taste is malts, fruits, caramel, and alcohol.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to Daniel, I believe, shared at the Black Sunday BA Tasting in Houston. Pours a cloudy brown with an off-white head. Nose is of caramel and overripe fruit. Taste is the same caramel, overripe fruit and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is medium-thin. Less mouthfeel than expected from a barleywine. Definitely less than expected. Glad I didn’t pay for it as I’ve come to expect that Iron Hill charges premium prices for less than premium beer.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy bruin body with a huge off white head, 4 fingers plus. Malty with lots of caramel and toffee notes, a bit chewy. Fruity tone, caramelized apples, and a fruit latent warming. A mild woody tannic tone, apricots and oak. Soft fruit tones and a mild warming. Nice.
Dorwart (2425) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not entirely sure of the vintage. Purchased in 2009 and it was already on age then. Either a 2009 or 2008. Good sized head for a barleywine. Thin and consists of small and very dense bubbles. Fantastic carbonation keeps a thin sheen of foam on the surface. They got the carbonation level perfect with this one. Looks like liquid caramel in the glass. Sweet and malty aroma with caramel, toffee, brown sugar and some vanilla and dough. Powerful flavor with lots more caramel and sweet malts. Big, thick and chewey palate with a bit of raisin flavor late swallow. Noticable alcohol presence and warming. Goes down super smooth but with a bit of fizz in the mouth. Finishes sweet and warm. This is a fantastic barleywine. A little lax onthe hops and bitterness but I am sure that it was planned that way.
Ughsmash (7331) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, unknown vintage (it has at least a few years on it). Poured translucent garnet with a tall, looser-bubbled beige head.. 1/4 inch stuck around for a while, as well as some lacing. The aroma picked up brown sugar, toasted toffee, dark fruits, and a measurable dose of oxidation.. a little bit of sourness evident.. touches of earth and vanilla too. The flavor found more of the fruit meat surrounded by tart skins and a lot of oxidation.. some aged toffee and caramel for support.. finished dry with a little fruit sourness and a bunch of cardboardy oxidation. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. the tart and oxidation notes threw off the flow.. tacky on the finish. This tasted like it was old, and it didn’t age gracefully.
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Rampant oxidation befits the talkative caramel malt flavors this Barley Wine is based on, but the linearity of the flavor profile and the pushy effervescence conjure up a forgettable sipper.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam decorates the amber-ish pale brown.
-This is definitely malt-driven, yet I can’t forget the much more rewarding bottle of their Sasquatch Barley Wine I had a couple of years ago. The Sasquatch had a lot more depth to offer.
-Phantom hop bitterness appears in the finish. Cardboard is more prevalent though.
-Alcohol is present but well concealed within the dextrins.
-At this inflated price, I will never revisit on my own.
neepsntatties (1308) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this recently thanks to, "hannont". Colour... cloudy-orange with no head. Nose... sweet, dark dried fruits. Palate... sweet, cloying, thick, coating, loads of medjool date flavour, toffee, English walnuts, dried ’cots and Turkish delight.