eaglefan538 (2843) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 7, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 Re-rate on draft at the Wilmington location a couple of days later: Darned great, just a great brew, loving it all the more. Have to bump up the aroma rating, a near perfect brew for me. Original rating: On draft at the Wilmington location. Poured a deep orange-copper color with a nice off-white colored head with good lacing, much surprising for a BA brew. Aroma was bretty funk, caramel, raisins, and oak. Flavor featured the regular base beer: caramel, raisins, other fruity notes, faint resinous hops still present. The barrell aging, however, provided a wonderfully complex and tasty experience, lactic tartness, bret notes, and musty oak. Really great and lively mouthfeel, just very well-done.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Pilsner Peter for sharing this at Pauls BW tasting. Brown in color with some amber highlights. Aroma of funk and sour fruit, with some molasses and oak. Taste- nice and malty, with some weird stinky funk, caramel, toasted malts, oak, sourness is light to moderate. Really unique- very nice.
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Handbottle courtesy of GMCC2181. Not sure why there’s a catch all for this, as the lambic is clearly nothing like the barleywine. Anyway, my rating is for the BA lambic. Pours a medium clear amber with no head. Nose is sour funk and wood. Taste is funk, alcohol, wood and a soapy finish. Medium prickly mouth feel even though there’s no carbonation. Interesting brew. Thanks G-Diddy!
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 12oz. handbottle, with a big thanks to hopdog. Pours a hazy orange amber with a two finger off-white head that drifts to a whispy covering fairly quickly, moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is Funky with a capital F, cheese, musty oak, overripe, almost moldy fruits, couldnt be further from a barleywine on the nose. Flavor is newer fruits, with some apple skin and fresh plum, more musty oak, and some sour funkiness on the finish, but the funk qualities are pushed more to the background on the flavor. Wow, cant imagine calling this a barleywine by any stretch of the imagination, but who cares, its unique, interesting, and quite tasty. Thanks again Steve.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 12oz hand bottle. Much like the IH Oaked Quad, this is one very unique brew. Light rubbery phenolics initially on the nose. Some barrel tannin... I would almost tempt a guess as red wine? Some sour cherries. Behind all the odd funk is plenty of rich maltiness. A bit of alcohol. Lighter aromas of dying citrus fruit. Pours a thick, dark charred caramel brown with a glimmer bright orange around the edges. is the beer supposed to taste like this or is it a complete accident? Nevertheless, thick caramel malts, wet oak and funky yeast come together in a delicious way. Vanilla extract, wood tannin. A slight citrus characteristic. Slightly vinous with hints of tart grape tannin. Medium to full bodied with the alcohol showing on the finish. The hand bottle held up extremely well as there was a loud hiss upon uncapping and the head retention and carbonation was excellent. Finishes slightly tart and warming with a bit of mop bitterness. Thanks for the awesomely weird treat Steve!
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Unfiltered rich tawny burgundy brown body with a small tan head. Intensely rich nose, extremely inviting and incredibly complex... heavy notes of acetic, buddy oak wine barrels are the first thing noticed, with a rich and tannic red grape skin note following, hinting at west Flanders red ale... more comments to come, RB is limiting number of characters...
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 Tap at Wilmington. Pours a slightly hazy deep coppery brown with a thin head. Aroma initially a lot of funky sourness- good lactic acid, farmhouse and lots of goaty sweaty lambic weird stuff going with a good old woody character, along with big toasted malts, nutty, good caramel sweetness, then a weird stinky cheesy funk which underlies the malts and some woodiness. Flavor is good, still pretty big with full malts, despite a weird brett infection, ok sweetness, medium caramel and Munich malts, ok raisiny and apple fruits, and a slightly drying finish from the wood and brett. The brett was a bit weird and could be a unique strain imparted from whatever oak barrel they used. It went well with a few different stinky cheeses though.
notalush (4748) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hand bottle shared by pilsnerpeter (thanks, pete!) - this was one strange brew, and not in an entirely good way - the aroma was both what I was expecting, and not - there was a powerful, lambic-ish funk that made it hard to make out the barleywine characteristics underneath - oak also helped to wash them out - the flavor had the same powerful, almost cheesy funk, with some rubbery phenols - oak and vinous character makes things a bit more complex, and some sweetness does try to make its presence known - I really liked this at first, but with each sip I became more of the opinion that it was simply strange - don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the experience, but just because something is unique, doesn’t mean it’s awesome.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hand Bottled (Thanks hopdog!) Pours a murky amber with bubbly tan head. The aroma is tart and spicy- some funky cheese, red onion skin, oak, passion fruit and a mild citric character. Great silky feel on the palate. Has a sharp funkiness- almost armpit-like. The sharpness has an almost red onion like bitterness along with tart fruit notes of passion fruit. There’s an underlying touch of smooth creamy vanilla, along with a touch of cheese rind and toasted oak. Lots of smooth oak tannins into the finish. This is a complex and unique Barley Wine, great stuff!
Slipstream (1974) - USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great aroma - spring fields with grass, wildflowers, herbs, and wine. Brown pour with foamy head. Flavor is very earthy and rustic - woody notes, herbal flavors, nutty, a little sour, and with a touch of something like sweat. Alcohol content turned out to be higher than expected. Interesting brew.