Odysseyalien (46) - 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 wasn’t sure if it was a British or American barleywine. I almost never drink American barleywines as I don’t 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 don’t 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 I’m glad I found it.
fletchfighters (1158) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ML bottle
Dark brown with ruby highlights. Light tan head that falls to a thick collar. Lingers through drinking. Spotty lacing and good ABV legs.
Nose is Caramel, slightly burnt, toffee, date toasted bread, orange, orange zest, and subtle port/ sherry notes.
Taste is pretty similar. Toasted bread, toffee/ burnt sugar, date, soft sherry and a lot of orange, orange peel and grapefruit bitterness. More like an English take with slightly more aggressive hops.
Oily, bitter and bread like finish. Not sure if it is the date that finishes more or the sherry like. Probably a little of both. Really drinkable and really nice. Probably on the underrated side of things as not as over the top hopped as other BW’s are
liquidhedonism (221) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Appearance: very dark amber color (almost Porter-like), with lots of stirred up sediment. Aroma: malty and smokey, with hints of burned caramel, dates, and toast. Taste/Palate: thick, crisp, and sweet; finishes bitter and astringent.
julesjis (183) - Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12. Has thick, syrupy appearance. Aroma is hoppy. Flavor is not sweet and somewhat bitter. I kept looking at this beer thinking brown sugar...but the flavor is malty, slightly sweet with a long bitter finish.
hawthorne00 (2596) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 bottle. Very dark brown with a fat coat of beige head that disappears after a while. A: Spiced rummy fruitcake aroma with orange peel. Oily, lowish carbonation. Rich toffee and dried fruit, fruitcake spices, citrus peel. Some Oloroso notes, but nothing really cardboardish. Bitterness stands out a bit much at the end. Not bad. Suspect there will be a brief window in the next year when it will be pretty good.
BOSSbrewer (2076) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at Monkey Paw in San Diego. Pours a reddish brown. Aroma is sweet malt. Caramel also. Sweet and really malty. Toffee. Alcohol is present. Finishes clean. Really nice beer.
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Fatehunter (1414) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours the thinnest head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is grain, both dry and wet, honey and slight barnyard. Nice.
The taste is malty but not too sweet. A mild lemon and grapefruit bitterness in the middle. Finishes with a sticky sweet note and a little alcohol heat.
The texture is thicker and sticky.
It’s got a nice alcohol heat but the rest of the flavor is muddled.
Nekronos (3658) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite nice and aromatic. Spiced and thick in shape. A hint of bread and malty sweetness in it all.
benpickens (420) - Camarillo, California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours opaque brown with a frail head that arises only after a vigorous pour; rum fruitcake on the nose; sweet viscous palate and oily bitter finish. Good barley wine.
slowrunner77 (6165) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a few years ago i had my friends do a blind tasting of a year old, and a new release old stock. they all picked the year old. that year’s john barleycorn, fresh, was mature like the year old old stock, but my friends, once they knew what it was, wou;dn’t give it the nod. old stock has gotten even better, with JB (maybe) at best standing pat, but i still think it’s good, and it’s nice to not have to drop $6-10 on a single 22 oz bottle."
gam (3388) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
small beige head dark brown pour mild carbonation aromas caramel toffee citrus pine syrup apricot flavours alcohol brandy like apricot citrus grapefruit medium bitter toffee grain smoothness resin packs a punch in taste the finish best tastes malt alcohol bitter hop crispness wonderful stuff