BlackHaddock (3179) - 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 (1255) - 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 (947) - 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 (114) - 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 (2095) - 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 (196) - 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.
maekchu (1700) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 vintage. Draft @ Brouwer’s Cafe. Rich fruit aroma: figs, prunes & a high alcohol hit. Deep ruby, clear as can be. Big, rude bubbly foam (like frogs’ eggs). Little lacing. Sugary, mild, ripe -- or maybe fermented -- prunes. Verrry sweet. Smooth, medium body. Slightly sweet aftertaste. Pleasant and rich, hops mostly gone. This has held up well. Maybe it’ll be good after another five years.
JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the Brew Kettle on 3/9/12. Clear reddish copper pour with a thick tan head. Nose of grainy and caramel malt with some earthy hops. Caramel malt and light berry flavor with an earthy hop finish.
appgrad22 (28) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I like old ales but not sure of barley wines. Biggest taste is fruits the followed by burnt...maybe toffee?
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
JoeTheYounger (1123) - Claremont, California, USA - MAR 6, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 vintage. Hazy gold pour on draft at brouwers cafe. Aroma and taste is sweet toffee and sugary caramels. This ages nicely.