hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from 750ml reserve bottle at the Iron Hill in North Wales. Poured a medium and cloudy brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of oranges, caramel, pine, and some dark fruits. Tastes of dark fruits and citrus. I liked the aromas but found the tastes to be weaker and didn’t live up to the smells. Thinner body as well.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from 2005 brought to the tasting by sparky27... the color is like a caramel right before the cream is added with a huge tan head that eventually fades to a ring. the perfumey aroma is sweet with grains and caramel oakiness followed by raisins, pine, grass and some citrus hops. palate is sweet but not sticky or cloying. this is surprisingly still quite hoppy.... flavor is similar to the aroma... raisins and a distinct dry woodiness precede a slight bite on the finish. medium body is soft from the carbonation and creamy without being sticky. i bet this is bitchin’ when it’s fresh...
Travlr (9942) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the source. Hazy amber color, medium white head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Taste starts sweet but then transitions to bitter pretty quickly. More hoppy than your usual barleywine.
hivemind (692) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewery in Newark, DE. Shared with Paul and Erica in Weehawken for the 4th. Couldn’t get a good look at the body but the head is beige/off-white and kind of creamy. Strong hop nose and lots of hops and fruit on the palate. Not as thick-bodied as other barleywines. Not sure I’d agree with those saying it’s more of an IPA, but it does have a stronger hop flavor than expected.
budznsudz (378) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed at Iron Hill Maple Shade. Golden red pour with a frothy off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is hoppy, and malty, with strong pine and notes of bread and yeast from the bottle fermentation. Taste is dark malt, plum, piney hops and bready yeast. Medium body. Nice carbonation. Enjoyed it but it’s nothing very special and certainly not worth $20 a bottle at the restaurant.
Sparky (2132) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Hellbilly Phoenix tasting (4/13/08). 2005 vintage bottle from me courtesy of GMCC2181. Thanks Gabe. Pours a clear amber color with a decent beige head. Nose is malt, citrus and pine hops with slight alcohol. Palate is hoppier than I expected with sweet malt, dark fruits like plum and raisins. Slight alcohol bite in the finish. Reminds me a little of Big Foot as others have suggested, though not as good. I winder what this was like when first bottled - the hops must have been really strong.
Bockyhorsey (2607) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle coutsey of Sparky27 at hellbilly’s. Nutty caramel aroma. Murky brown with average head. Got mostly just a caramel flavor and some dried fruits and maybe some wood taste in there. One of those odd brews to figure out but glad I got a chance to try it.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by that Beer Drinker of the Year 2001 guy. He’s the man. Acrid, strong, alcohol filled aroma, loaded with bitter hops and gasoline. Kind of old flavor, oxidized already though new, but still rather light and mellow. The polar opposite of the aroma. Soupy and heavy, though soft on the tongue. Pretty nice, if you can get past the smell.
dmac (3538) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the UFC 100 gathering, sorry forgot who broght this one my bad. Poured a murky brwon with a small whiteish head but hey it’s a BW so what more do you really expect? Aroma was on the bland side with some notes of chocolate, orange citrusy hops and rye bread. Flavor was a bit stronger on the chocolate malts complimented nicely by the orange citrusy hops. Body was nicely done with a medium mouthfeel some soft to average carbonation and a creamy finish. Very drinkable but the aroma was sort of a let down, perhaps to cold and needed to warm up or perhaps to late at night and I needed to sober up.
Sledutah (3650) - Utah, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle shared by Doug, thank man
Appearance: Hazy amber with a huge off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Sweet malts, sugar and spices
Taste: Sweet caramel malts, grassy, citrus and earthy
An OK barley wine, very sweet.