after4ever (5859) - 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 (6440) - 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 (6532) - 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 (2292) - 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 (5557) - 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.
boFNjackson (4006) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
PIB, tap... Poured dark, reddish/brown with a beige head. Aroma is very unique, like bitter, tart cheese and cocoa. Palate is intense and assaults the mouth (one that clears the nasal passage way). Flavors of warming, smooth alcohol while buttery toffee-malt that comes to play, and some bittering hops. Nice to take slow and very enjoyable.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hard Liver ’08
Chestnut brown, opaque. Milk chocolate nose with light alcohol and toasty hops. Rather bitter, with some toasty, chocolate malts. Fun stuff. A bit boozy...but a tasty finish.
t4h2c0 (89) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark for a barleywine, redish brown. Nice and malty with a well balanced flavor. Taste like candy and goes down easy. When it comes to barleywine the darker the better in my opinion and this one is very dark. Very strong beer that gives you a good kick in the mouth up front and in the aftertaste. Great beer!!!