bvc (1180) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Uber. Deep rich looking toffee brown with a creamy khaki head. Nose is really big and rich. Malty toffee, brown sugar, banana fosters, with some light resinous hops lingering. Medium creamy body feel with carbonation a bit high. Caramelized nuts, brown sugar, dates, light esters, with subtle hops on the end. Sweet and earthy to really break it down, but zero flaws and a well done American barleywine.
neepsntatties (1416) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Horse Brass. Colour... dark brown a little head. Nose... caramelized sugar, dates and treacle. Palate... some carbonation, brown sugar, booze, oak, vanilla, marshmallow, dried stone fruits and a moderately long finish. Hardly seems like 11% ABV!
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Notes from Seattle International Beer Festival. Nice and mild barleywine. Smooth, drinkable and remarkably mellow for only a one-year-old BW.
after4ever (6725) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Horse Brass. This is a big, bold barleywine meant to drink fresh. Pours dark brown with a thick, creamy, dark tan head. Big roasty, toasty, resiny, piney nose. Thick, chewy, creamy body. The nuts, toast, roast, dark malts, dark pitted tree fruits, and sharply resiny hop all work together across a dense and satisfying mid-palate. Nothing too sharp about the hops; they’re not there to age for years; they’re there to enjoy now. It’s a big and very intense PNW style barleywine that would probably age in some interesting ways, but really feels good to go right now, today. Hides the 11% incredibly well.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one big beer. Sampled at the brewpub. Very sweet, but overall their best offering. Nice.
Ibrew2or3 (7511) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival.
Pours deep amber with copper edges and tan head. The aroma is a mix of figs, prunes and dates to go along with aged chewy malts and faint wood. Good nose yet a bit modest in strength. Very nice taste that will yield increased goodness with more age. I get musty dusty dates, yams, figs and prunes. Before midway the barrel notes rise up with bourbon, vanilla and oak adding to the complexity. Well balanced flavors that demand additional quaffings. I could sip this all day/night.
bb (7642) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Toffee color with a dark cream colored head. Rich malt aroma with light darker malts. Caramel, piney/lt grapefruit flavor with light darker malts. medium-plus bodied. Caramel lingers with light pine/grapefruit and light darker malts.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the 5th Quadrant location. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a solid off white head. A sugary malt aroma with a bit of a pine smell behind it and some earthy notes. Mild alcohol taste with a very creamy mouthfeel and a bitter hop finish. Solidly balanced barleywine that I would drink every winter with no qualms.
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Poured dark brown/red with a thick off white head. Aroma of malt, caramel and old sugar. Malty and caramelly flavour with some coffee notes. Lingering unsweetened coffee finish. Sip this and savour
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hard Live 08. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Nice looking brew. The aroma has some light roast and dark malt sweetness accompanied by earthy and piney hops. Earthy hop flavors, roasted malt, chocolate, moderate sweetness and a great medium hoppy finish in the form of earth and pine. Alcohol is not overpowering but a pleasant accompaniment. Balanced and drinkable. One of my faves.