Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Brewfiend for sharing this 750 ml bomber at Cellarís Wine & Spirits in St. Paul, Minnesota. Pours a hazy orange amber brew with a thick off-white head that has excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, strong citrus zest hop character, brown sugar, toffee and some dark pitted fruits. Taste is medium to full bodied, a smokey caramel malt and brown sugar flavor with some dark fruit. Finish has a semi-sweet caramel and citrus hop aftertaste along with some alcohol warmth. I would enjoy seeing what a little aging could do to this barley wine.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Much thanks to Brewfiend for sharing. Pours a super cloudy orangish brownish hue, with a big creamy white head. Very hoppy aroma with a good dose of dark candi sugar, brown sugar, and a nice toasty oaky touch. Very powerful mouthfeel with a good dose of creamy oakiness, as well as some sugary sweetness and roasted malts., The hops are definatly there, and show even more on the finish. There is an almost medicinal smokiness on the hops with a light touch of citrus and melon.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours old copper penny w/ a tall, lasting froth that sits there like a dead horse. Snail tracks and a thick, downy canopy are leftover. Aromas of sweet malts and leathered hops. Nice! Full nectar w/ mellow residual effers. The texture is slippery. A big malt body supports a strict hop profile creating a perfect balance. Flavors of caramel, leather, butterscotch, and beef jerkey. The finish is long and savory with a strict asprin bittering component that leaves the palate clean and ready for another assult. Itís warming, generous, and the oak age really shows in the flavor profile giving this brew a remarkable flavor to experience. Highly recommended. This thing is so hoppy itís headed down the DIPA highway and just swerves to catch the Barleyine Turn Pike. Close call man. Delicious!
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 750 ml bottle shared by a friend - Pours a cloudy amber color with a medium size off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is oak and esters. Flavor is smoked malt, oak, and esters. Palate has a lingering smokiness to it. Medium to full body. A decent BW, but I wasnít expecting to smoke. Worth a try. Thanks Chris.
adrian910ss (2277) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy caramel with a small white bubbly head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, dark fruit and vanilla. Taste of caramel, dark fruit, wet wood with a hint of bitterness. Not bad, but was expecting more.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Foam Rangers January meeting. Floral nose wth some darker fruits and caramel. Flavor is oak with caramel, vanilla, citrus hops and raisins.A little thin on the body, but a nice tasting beer.
IrishBoy (3752) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 vintage; a tiny hiss of gas released on opening; Nose of some fruitiness and woodiness; copper with a small offwhite head; flavor of alcohol, caramel, oak, raisins, and some bitterness, with bitterness and alcohol for the finish. Not a bad barleywine.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml 2004 bottle received as a birthday gift from my sister and brother-in-law and consumed on my birthday - Pours dark amber with a very short offwhite head that does leave a trace of lace as it dissipates. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, a little oak, and some raisin. Flavor is quite complex with a good amount of oak and vanilla on a solid caramel base. Some raisin there as well and just a touch of the alcohol warmth at the finish.. Just a hint of the citrus hops remain after the barrel aging. Only shortcoming for this brew is the slightly watery palate. Otherwise this a solid barleywine and pretty tasty..
shigadeyo (2962) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 Vintage (Oak-Aged)... Left Hand Widdershins Barleywine pours an opaque amber color with a thin, whispy white/off-white veil. It looks really thick in the glass. So think that some of the hop sediment in the bottom appears to be suspended rather than falling out to the bottom! The aroma is English malt, fruit, green apple, undetermined hops, and alcohol. There is also intriguing wet wood scent as well as a slight mustiness in the aroma. The flavor is a pretty complex blend of wet oak, deep malt, an unknown/general fruitiness, English or black walnuts, and fine dark alchol (i.e. brandy or cognac). Surprisingly, the body of this beer has held up well and is quite full. The carbonation bubbles are extremely tiny which produces a smooth palate that is approaching somehting creamy. I am pretty impressed with this oak-aged barleywine from Left Hand. Thereís nothing like sitting back with a fine glass of beer and enjoying it with a friend and good conversation. I bet a nice cigar would have accentuated the aroma and flavor of this beer nicely...
According to the bottle, Widdershins means "in a contrary or counterclock wise direction" (hence the backwards clock on the label. Iím not really sure how that definition applies to this beer though since this was right on par with my tastes and expectations!
750 ml corked and caged bottle shared by Rob on 3/15/2007. Thanks Rob for sharing this delicious, vintage beer with me. I really appreciate it!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Floral, perfumey hops, dark fruits, vanilla and woody oak aroma. Lightly hazy copper coloured body with a low off white head that recedes to partial cover and ring. Hazelnut, alcohol, sweet marzipan, mint and vanilla are apparent in the flavour. Medium light body is quite dry with low carbonation and mild alcohol warming. Bottle sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.