SpongeRuiner (913) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Kuhnhenn. A dark golden color with a frothy head. A slightly boozy caramel nose. A sticky sweet honey flavor with lots of caramel to back it up. Weirdly thin and light. Very different.
Petkus331 (349) - Redford, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Handpull at the brewery. Aroma of golden malt wort simmering at about 155ish degrees farenheit and some acidic apple and very mild herbal hop. Clear copper with thin head. Tastes mildly sweet up front for a barleywine, refined cane sugar, some mild raisin, followed by a mellow oaky-hay like bitterness. Fizzy thick palate, but a bit oily. Overall, very mellow barlywine, but very nice.
firstsip (681) - Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at brewery. 2014 brewing. Deep clear blood orange color. Very mild sweet fruit nose. Not syrupy. Very mellow for a barleywine. Not very raisiny at all. Cinnamon, still lightly present hops.
koleminer20 (999) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Kuhnhenn. The pour is a more golden ruby with a nice white head and some great lacing. The aroma is very boozy. There isn't strange sweet fruit to go along with a light malt. There is almost a little pineapple there. It's quite strange for what I was expecting for a barleywine. The flavor is somewhat boozy and bland. It's light. Some malt and a little caramel. The mouth feel is thin and slick with minimal carbonation and a presence that's difficult to classify as the barleywine it's presented as. The aftertaste is lightly malty and there isn't a whole lot going on. Somewhat forgettable.
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48FanInCali (817) - California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 vintage - Maple pour with off white head. Good lacing for a BW. Nose is caramel and light vanilla. A little bit of oxidation. Taste is similar with some sherry notes. Back end bitterness but otherwise lightly sweet. Good.
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tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2014 Bottle: Dusty orange and mild copper, almost no head even after a hard pour. Aroma is sticky toffee and thick caramel malt with a solid fruitiness thatís lighter than youíd expect for a barley wine. Almost tropical, like pineapple or mango. Something else I canít put my finger on. Taste is sweet, caramel-y malts, toffee, some brown sugar and a little bit of dates with a lighter fruitiness in the back-end, like a touch of pineapple and faint apple skin. A little bit of wood and yeast, with a small amount of oxidation present as well. Sweet & boozy but not quite 14.5%. Apple and light caramel finish.
mcberko (9344) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle, bottle reads 14.5%, pours an opaque dark amber / ruby red with a small head. Aroma bring out loads of dark fruits (plums especially), some caramel, not really a hint of the brett yeast. Flavour is extremely fruity, bringing out loads of dark fruits (nectarine, plum, etc.), some peaches, caramel, residual sugars, and booze. Very fruity, boozy and quite sweet. Not the most well-integrated barley wine. The brett isnít really noticeable at all. Drinkable in small doses. Decent, but too cloyingly sweet.
Beerman6686 (5333) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This one poured a very light brown color with a small off white head. Aroma was of dark fruit, brown sugar, booze, and caramel. Flavor was very sweet, light alcohol, lots of caramel, and some figs. Too cloying.
BeerandBlues2 (10784) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via trade with FlandersNed. Pours clear amber with a medium, fizzy light beige head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, ham, pineapple, cookie malt, pear and apricot esters, earthy and spicy hops. Flavor is caramel malt, medium hops and bitterness, medium fruity esters, spicy alcohol and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
DrSilverworm (8547) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, thanks to umich03jm. Labeled 14.5%. Vintage said 2012, I believe. Shared with caterwaul. Mostly clear red / orange color. Good thin off-white head, spread of dotty lace. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation. More dry texture in the finish. Bigger body. Big, tropical fruity flavor, light grapefruity citrus. Bit of caramel malt. Bigger bitter taste, little sweet. Tastes incredible for 14.5%.. Drinks like 11%, for me. Light spice, some light cream cheese to it. Fascinating and tasty beer to sip on. Surprisingly drinkable. Kind of zesty and bretty, tasty barleywine, a great one to share.