Odysseyalien (33) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Single bottle found at Cable Beverage, Nanuet, NY. I may also have had this on tap back during the Spring of 2012 at the Blind Tiger in Manhattan. When I found this at Cable Beverage though I wasnít sure if it was a British or American barleywine. I almost never drink American barleywines as I donít care to mix my beloved DIPAs with my beloved British barleywines. (American barleywines are usually hopped up compared to the British.)
So it was a very pleasant surprise to open this bottle and find that it was only moderately hoppy. The head was only about an inch deep and dissipated fairly quickly. Lacing on the glass was slight to say the least but I have no problem with that.
The smell -- molasses, raisins, dark fruit. The taste -- molasses, slightly sweet...just the right amount of sweetness to make it welcome as a dessert or after dinner beer or a nice mid-afternoon refresher.
Was there some real age on this bottle to make it less hoppy and thus more pleasant? I donít know. I do know that I want to get some more and open my mind to more American barleywines. This was a real pleasant surprise and Iím glad I found it.
rbrazell (1308) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Market Square. Deep chestnut pour with ruby highlights and a small white head. Raisin and cherry aroma with caramel malts, brown sugar, almonds and peanuts. Sweet smooth flavor with the above mentioned flavors. Medium thickish body that's not cloying and has warm alcohol. Not too shabby
beerbastard (606) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, pours dark reddish brown. Some fruit and malts in the nose. Malt flavors mixed with caramels, followed by well blended hops in the background. overall, quite smooth with a lot of burn from the alcohol in the finish. Nothing outstanding.
Nocturne (546) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle. Pours a hazy orangey brown. Half a finger of head that recedes to a ring. Nose is very hoppy, red fruit sticky. Nice caramel, butterscotch taste. Pretty good I have to say, the taste isnít too heavy on the hops and itís nicely balanced.
kerenmk (1568) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at our place. Hazy brown. A little alcoholic, apple and some chocolate aroma, chocolate, earthy taste - rich and lingering. Smooth, full-bodied, hardy any carbonation and long, chocolate-like finish.
beerandbeyond (552) - ISRAEL - MAY 29, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle poured into a goblet.
Hazy mud color with a small tan head.
Heavy malt nose, with sweet toffee, raisins and earth.
Sweet, cloying malt, lo-med bitterness, juicy baked fruit, date honey, some alcohol, light milk chocolate, faint dulce de leche.
Full body, hard to drink, not balanced.
Chuckaduck (577) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 5/25/13. Pours a deep translucent ruby color with a very thin white head. Aroma is bread, dark fruit, spice, vanilla, yeast, caramel, toffee. Taste is crisp, fresh; alcohol, dark fruit, vanilla, earth, wood, lots of malt with a hint of citrus; finish is leather and fruit rind. No lacing. Mouth feel is big, rich, chewy. Medium carbonation; aggressive bubbles. Really high quality. Strong; though alcohol is considerably well-hidden.
jehoesefat (163) - Kapolei, Hawaii, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is deep, malty, and toasty. Pours clear dark orange with a creamy head. Deeply flavored with strong malt aftertaste, goes down thick and creamy.
BEENJAMIN (188) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 vintage, cellar temp. Incredible coca notes with sweet fruits and caramel. Spicy citrus with a milk chocolate flavor, ends with a sweet malt finish. One of my personal favorites; age worthy and always complex.
Bule (428) - California, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a reddy dark brown color. Strong malt and a bit of a harsh taste with it.
ben4321 (3347) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: Draft at Blind Tiger, 4/8/13
Aroma: The nose is heavy malty, sweet, a bit fruity, and with some boozy notes as well
Appearance: It pours a dark reddish-brown color with a beige head and some light lace
Flavor: The taste is also plus sweet/malty with plenty of booze, similar to nose
Palate: The body is medium-full, it is fairly thick on the mouth, and finishes a bit warming
This wasnít a favorite for me. It isnít a bad beer, but it certainly isnít a standout Barley Wine. Decent describes this one pretty well.