Homer321 (1602) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle via trade. Nose is a caramel, toffee, chewy raisin explosion. Lots of melanoidins and thick, sticky sweetness. pour is a murky brown to reddish color. Taste is slightly a let down given the aroma. a thin, bitter, sugar water skeleton of the aroma. There is nothing English about barley wine about the taste. R U kidding me, you’re talking Thomas hardy against this? No. Way to husky, harsh for style. I will say the alcohol is done well, not hot or burning like a lot of boost juice boozy bombs.
bluejacket74 (1267) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle, 2014 vintage. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like caramel, brown sugar, raisins/dark fruit, dark bread and a bit of chocolate. It tastes like caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit (raisins, cherries), bready malt, and some nuttiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s slick and syrupy with moderate carbonation. I think it’s a good English Style barleywine, I should have bought some more. Definitely worth trying if you’re never had it before. $5.99 a bottle.
DialSquare (2506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Daily Growler. Brown pour, light tan head. Aroma of sweet dark malt and caramel. Tastes were sweet butterscotch, bread, dark fruit, nutty, boozy. Ok, but little sweet for me. 7.0
beeratarian (86) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pretty dark almost black, with a thin brown head. Aromas are of caramel and wheat bread with some dark fruits. Flavor is rich with dried cherry, tobacco, some roast and a little sweetness. Coats your tongue and finishes a little bitter. This is a true European barley wine. Taste is similar to third coast old ale or old guardian. A little pricey. I loved it!
Chudwick (1972) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7oz bottle from 2014 into snifter - nose is roasted cheese, uh oh. Sip adds malty malterson. Fruitier with every sip but oh so heavy. Easy to drink though the aroma is somehow somber. Not like any barley wine I’ve ever had. Here’s to my fiftieth barley wine!
MrBunn (2438) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Jackie O’s. Pours a deep amber almost brown, but lighting is poor. Flavor and aromas are both big grain and booze with a hint of pit fruit, but this was just a little too much malt and ABV for my tastes.
Daytonbeer (635) - Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy brown with tan head and tons of lacing. Aroma of spices like clove and allspice. Not what I expected. Taste is more of what I expected from a barley wine, but it has a peppery finish. Interesting.
czar (4110) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours dark brown reddish with a small light beige head, some retention and lacing. booze, chocolate, red fruitiness, wood and demerara, light acidity and sweetness, raisins, phenols, onions, pepper, herbal tea. moderate to low carbonation, medium body, astringent peppery-grassy finish. ok.
mathieuc (1146) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown with a light beige head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is really boozy upfront but also carries some brown sugar notes. Taste is sweet, really sweet like barley candies. Alcohol not very well hideen. Mouthfeel is sticky and body is medium. Not bad.
b3shine (5156) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Looks good; a cloudy dark amberish brown with ample foamy light beige head. Smells solid; sweet and malty. Tastes like it smells with a decent (albeit a little thin) mouthfeel. Started better than it finished.