rich916 (84) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Lagunitas: Deep amber with hint of orange, almost no head. Aroma of malt, toffee, chocolate, cherries, dates, some floral hop notes and a touch of pine. Taste very well balanced very nice rich toffee, chocolate, dates, vanilla, citrus hops and pine, Alcohol comes threw also. Thick palate with a very nice lingering sweet, finish.
AdamJackson (1992) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at BrewPub
A - Cloudy dark orange to brown appearance.
S - Very sweet and lots of candi sugar. Almost like drinking flat cola
T - Pineapple and bananas. It’s intensely sweet. Too fresh on tap. Some other fruits but hard to pick out.
M - Very heavy body. mellow carbonation.
O - on tap, it’s an odd beer. Very fresh barley-wine is not very appealing. Needs some time. Rating it for what it could be with age so giving it slightly higher marks.
JStax (2562) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured on draft into a Belgian style tulip. Pours a mahogany color with a ring of beige foam around the edge of the glass. Aroma was a rich woody, dark fruity, raisiny and nicely malty. Taste is a nice malty sweet. Well balanced. Finish is relatively dry. Pairs well with a hefty cigar.
bosshogg231 (2) - traverse city, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2012 does not count
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Great beer nice flavor not too hoppy good complex flavor hints of pine and citrus and nice warm finish
kathouse (778) - Nevada, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy light brown/red ale with thin layer of foam. Orange and caramel aroma with some hop spice. Good body and carbonation. Dried fruits, caramel and sweet toffee. Finishes sweet and sticky. Alcohol dries the rest out.
jonno (2087) - JAPAN - MAY 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Classic American BW. Gooey caramel, apricot, pine, toffee. Full and sticky. Rich. Just missing a uniqueness that would truly set it apart. Lingering hoppy aftertaste.
Westmeister (1436) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Love the hoppy barelywines and this one delivered. Ruby orange/amber appearance with a creamy tan head. Nose of sweet, lightly spicy, caramel, and a tad boozy. Taste was piney, medium hoppy, toffee, caramel malty, quite sweet, somewhat boozy but very smooth flavor. Smooth, mildly hoppy, sweet malty finish. Very nice.
umich03jm (1484) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very murky dark brownish red pour with a some amount of head. Very nice aroma of caramel malt mixed with grapes and dark fruit. Not getting much hop aroma. Taste is super sweet up fruit and then it turns a little fruity as it finishes fairly smooth leaving the sticky malt taste on your tongue. I would like this better if there was some more bitterness or hoppy taste to balance out malt. Still a pretty good barleywine though.
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kerenmk (1869) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks Dagan. Clear dark amber with a beautiful dark tan head. pleasant grape and wine aroma, nice, sweet taste. Thick and sticky, no carbonation, lingering finish.
BlackHaddock (3159) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
May 2010: One of 24 taps at the Greenroom in Flagstaff, labelled as Gnary wine (12%abv) and no Olde mentioned that I remember. Hope this is the correct beer!
The beer came a deep amber/mahogany brown with a thin off-white head trying to sit on top.
The aroma was malty, sweetish, with caramel and molasses being the sweet smells I got. There were also hints of mild citrus notes, oranges mostly.
The flavours and taste followed the smells, richer and with an alcohol feel coming through, but sweet rather than dry or bitter. Any hop input must have come across as the citrus hints because the brew showed no other signs of a hop presence that I could find.
Certainly different and a good night cap on which to end my 2nd ’allocated drinking day’ on my US road trip.