TH28 (76) - - JUN 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance is deep brown with a taupe colored foam cap. Aroma is really deep, rich malt, with a hint of rye, molasses, and smoke. Taste is all malt with dark fruit, chocolate, raisin, and roasted and caramel malts. Slight spice from the rye, and roastiness increases as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice but not overwhelming thickness. There’s just enough hop bitterness on the finish to balance it out, and definitely a nice bit of alcohol warmth, common for the style. Leaves a nice roasted malt flavor on the tongue that doesn’t linger too long
wlajwl (3567) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is rye, caramel malts and a hint of bubblegum/astringency. The flavor is caramel malts, an undercurrent of the rye, mild fruit and a mix of warming alcohol and tartness in the finish. Decent barley wine.
chucklemation (322) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a copper color with a white head. Has a nice aroma of dark fruits. Flavor is honey sweet dark fruit, along with a touch of spices. After taste leaves a little to be desired. Has a medium body mouthfeel, much less thick than most barley wines. Still, this is an enjoyable ale, and I’m glad I picked it up.
kidmartinek (3316) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours rich but clear amber and maintains a nice head. Aroma of bitter hops and leather. Tastes like a bitter, malty medicinal leather with all of those flavors coming through a medium body.
ElCapitan22 (40) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish color and has no lacing. Tastes sweet and of rye. I am not usually a barley wine person, but this is quite good. I will get this again.
rumproasts (2596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Deep amber with minimal head. A bit syrupy with light carbonation. Strong rye with the booziness you’d expect from the style.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sampled on draft at Rivertowne this beer poured a bright golden color with a small foamy white head that faded and left a bit of lacing. the aroma was cider vinegar, bread, citrus and a bit of Sprite. The flavor was tangy and bready with some vinegar, butter, perfume and pepper. Medium length bread, vinegar and perfume finish. Medium body. Not good.
5000 (6031) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Bit of a slightly rough and thin Barley Wine. Not rich or overly malty, nor overly hoppy. Has a bready aspect, rye, some pithy bitterness. Does hide the 10% ABV well. A little rough, witih a very faint cough syrup like sweetness. Could be a little smoother, but its not green or young. Moderate example that could use a little work. Thanks Bob!
DuffMan (6171) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Dark mahogany pour with a coppery luster. Aroma is sweet and malty, with vinous traits. Very sweet, sticky palate, lots of caramel and dark fruits, spicy and vinous nuances, but really just very sweet. Glad I had Parksy and Grippits for this one, as there’s no way I could finish this bottle by myself.
edgallow (1662) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle pours amber with a tan head. Aroma of sweet malts, spice and pine. Taste is spicy , malts and some nice hops.
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MarkSachon (506) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. Everything about this delicious barleywine seems just right. Lots of complexity and darkness along with an extra alcohol boost. You’d be well served to have one of these.