jonno (2011) - 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 (938) - 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 (912) - Allen Park, 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 (1214) - 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 (2362) - 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.
Smurf2055 (610) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ruby with a decent head, good lacing. Smell is faint fruity, cherry, peaches. Taste is floral and hoppy, peaches again. Good texture and drinkability. Thin bodied but pretty decent.
kevinsenn (552) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Beer Bistro. Hazy ruby pour. Very complex aroma: candy sugar, malt, raisins, and citrusy hops. Very sweet taste with raisins, brown sugar, and toasted marshmallow. Alcohol present in the finish, with a hint of bitterness. Tasty Barley Wine.
toffsbury (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is candy and raisins. Has a bit of the grapefruit aroma that Lil’ Sumpin’ Supmin’ has. Nice red-brown color with a bit of clingy head. Taste is very big, sweet and buttery caramel with a bitter backing. Goes down extremely smooth. Nice full palate. Very tasty. Bottle from Beer Bistro.
dnstone (1985) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong, boozey malt aroma. Deep red-amber in color with an off-white head. Syrupy malty sweet and strong. Really a solid barley wine!
BigSound (192) - New York, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich mohagony with nice red hues, the khaki head recedes pretty quickly but the sticky brew leaves a nice lacing down the glass.
Wow, big aroma. Lots of dark and tropical fruit, booze, tons of carmolized sugar like roasted marshmallows.
First sip I taste alot of sweet fruit, pineapple, raisin, and bit of white grape tartness. There is a nice malty presence and undertones of hops, with a boozie finish.
Mouth feel is very nice, silky smooth, the sweetness lingers, and the alcohol leaves a nice warming sensation that fills the mouth and throat.