Cavie (3549) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Barleywine tasting at FW Ginger Man. Wax top bottle. Clear orange color. Very light. Chalky aroma with lemon notes and candy sugar. Flavor is woody, moss, light bitter and grain. Easy finish. Lightly bittered.
thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2003 vintage at FW Gingerman barleywine tasting) clear rich golden, creamy head that coats the glass. Nose of caramel, cream, pencil shavings, mild citrus notes (oranges), and sweet malts reminiscent of cake. Taste of oranges, toasty caramel, very distinct brown sugar, mild salty notes, some mild oxidation but very pleasant. Creamy sweet finish. Aged very well.
zizzybalubba (1254) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL from Peace Street Market in Raleigh (2007 bottle). Muddy brownish-orange pour with a thick off-white head. Peach, mango, and brown sugar aromas. Caramel, toffee, smoke,and orange flavors. The palate is not as thick as I expected but the flavor is indeed solid. A fantastic barley wine that has aged well. (This review replaced my original review of a 2005 bottle tasted in 2009. Even though that was from a sampling on a night that I tried many bottles I detected many of the same things).
mrmekon (100) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mahogany brown, thin short-lived white head. Moderate aroma of malt, caramel. Taste is strong, sweet malt, big pine hop flavor is well balanced against the malt. Spicy, lingering finish. Very creamy full body.
beerandIT (298) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has an orange color with hints of red on the initial pour. Full bodied beer with a small amount of head. Nice lacing on the glass so far. I can smell slight hints of tequila. Yes I know. Hops along with very subtle malt as well. I can taste malt and hops. Slight odd bitter flavor lingering but its all good. Nice beer and hides the alcohol very well.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Old Chicago in Peoria, IL. Pours a murky dark amber with a dissipating tan head. Aroma of fruity ale esters, caramel candy, and alcohol. Full bodied with soft to medium carbonation and slick texture. Flavor of caramel, vanilla, and smoke phenols countered by an assertive hop bitterness. Warming finish. Good
topherh (1899) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 bottle. Pours dark amber with a small off white head. Aroma is sweet malt and overripe fruit . Flavor is sweet and malty, caramel, lightly fruity, with a little alcohol showing.
MeadMe (1171) - Riverview, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at hopcat.
A: Pours an orangish amber with a small tan head. No real retention or lace.
S: Aromas of toasted malt, caramel, light sweet fruit, and hints of citrus.
T: Nice and fruity up front. Mild citrus with nice smooth caramel notes. Sort of hot and boozy in the finish.
M: Rather full in body, rich, thick, chewy.
D: Not the most drinkable but I don’t think that is the intent of this one.
BVery (5135) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Reddish orange pour with a thin foamy white head. Aroma of caramel and wheat. medium mouthfeel. Taste is grain, yeast, grape, and caramel. Good barleywine.
crackedmachine (445) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008, on tap at Hard Liver. Amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel and citrus, with the sugar up front and the fruit laying back. Flavor is sweet caramel and toffee very nicely balanced with a restrained citrus and fruitiness from the hops. Really good for anyone like me not so into the monstrously malty takes on the style.