queenholly (2568) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Warsaw location. Sweet caramel malt and orange aroma. Hazy rufous with a small ivory head. Sweet caramel malt, saccharine, and herbal hops flavor. Full body, low carbonation. A little lighter than most barleywines Iíve tried, but highly drinkable, which could be dangerous. The alcohol is very well hidden. Per a conversation I had with the brewery, this is the same barleywine they make every year.
deyholla (5851) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 2, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the 2010 Indiana Winterfest. Poured a dark amber brown with a near white head. Aroma was surprisingly hoppy with pine notes and undertones of grain and alcohol. Flavor was also surprisingly hoppy, the beginning had some sweet grains, but pine hops quickly take over.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft...08 version. Muddled amber color with a wispy white head...massive amounts of lacing present. Intense, complex nose consisting of loads of berries, caramel malt, pepper, citrus zest and an underlying piney hop and sweet tart note. Medium full body...sticky sweet, syrupy. Flavor is toffee, raspberries, floral and sticky ass piney hops finish it out. Top notch, elite brew.
shrubber85 (6804) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap (just called Barleywine). Cherry, raisin, malt and alcohol aroma. Ruby red color with small head. Iniitially a cherry/floral malt flavor followed by a strong pine hops finish. Nice malt flavor - very hoppy.
patrick767 (3333) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 2005 bottle - The barley wine has been on tap this month, but I sampled an aged bottle from last yearís version. I poured it into a large snifter. It was a medium brown color with a thin head. The aroma was a nice mix of malts and hops. The flavor was something of a surprise for the style with a very strong hops presence. It made me think of a barley wine crossed with an IPA. Full bodied and flavorful, this is a different take on the style and quite enjoyable.
2nd rating, 2006 version on tap - Similar to above but this is more of a hoppy beast. While enjoyable, it wasnít as well balanced or complex as the year old version. 7/4/7/3/15. I gave the year old one 8/4/8/4/16. Averaging the two to a 3.8 total. I think this one benefits with some aging.
2004 bottle in Dec. 2007 - Even better... itís still very hoppy, but it does mellow a bit too. This beer ages nicely.
jsquire (3309) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had a barley wine on tap at the pub, and I can only assume this was this one. Served in a snifter with an attractive cascade of bubbles. Creamy beige head that left sticky lace. Nice aroma of pine, grapefruit and dark sugars. This is a hop dominated barley wine. Very fruity with apricot, pear, peach, some cherry pit but mostly grapefruit rind. The alcohol grows as it warms. I canít tell if the burn is hop based or alcohol based (waitress told me it was 12% ABV). Nicely dry in the end with long citrus bitterness on the palate. The middle seems a little thin, but still a very tastey, hoppy barley.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewery, aged over one year, served in a snifter:
Mahogany hued with a small tan frothy head and very good lacing. The aroma has notes of floral and piney hops, pineapple, caramel and burnt malt, earthy yeast esters, light oak and vanilla, and some sugary component. The taste starts with a sweet burnt sugar base and some vanilla oak chiops leads to lime leaves and twangy peppery hops. A nice olde ale oxidtion gives an aged aftertaste. Some complex yeast driven background. The feel is sharp and biting with a lot of spice notes on the palate, vinous smooth finish. I donít what the otherd had but this is a wonderful classic English styled barleywine. Maybe some aging or a different batch has improved the quality and complexity. I dunno about all that but I do know I like it!
temporrari (380) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad. Served in a 12oz bottle. Strong flavor, slight sweetness. Alcohol, and another strange scent I can't figure out. Pours a deep and cloudy brown with a thin white head that disappears fast. Not a terrible barley wine, but no where near the best.
hotstuff (3732) - Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This brew had a definite aftertaste to it that stuck around for a while.Not my kind of brew.
thedm (4867) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 8, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2003 This brew poured a cloudy dark brown body with little to no head. It's aroma was very mild and left me wondering if it had any at all. It has a strong barley wine for and after taste. You can clearly taste the alcohol in it, but not my favorite flavor. I much prefer smoother beers.
On 12/23/2003 we had a 2002 bottled version of this brew. Here I rated it a 4-4-6-4-13 and made the following notes. Served in an unlabelled brwon glass bottle, this brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized off-white almost light brown colored mosrtly diminishing bubbles that transparent softly carbonated brown colored body. The aroma was a simple mild malt hop one while the mouthfeel was centered around the hops with an initial hop bite that lingered in the finish. Itr had a brown malt hp[ flavor with some cramel to it in the bacjground. It was not as hoppy as I expected for a Barley Wine.