Odysseyalien (38) - 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.
mattkorsgaard (7) - Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008 bottle poured 2014. Very smooth and great aroma. Dark burgundy appearance. Silky smooth and sweet sticky. Just what an aged barleywine should be.
Beachmaster (44) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a medium reddish brown, with a small khaki head which rapidly dissipates. fair lacing. Nose is sweet malt and caramel. Taste is caramel and malt up front, with a slight bitter hop finish. Alcohol is readily apparent. Not bad, but not outstanding.
DCLawyer (1299) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle->snifter. Dark brown with bare offwhite film. A: deep caramel malt, cardboard, bread, grains. T: caramel malt, booze, nuts, grains. Ok, but lacking depth.
Ferris (1868) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft - Brown sugar, raisin and oaky notes. Cloudy maroon with a thin head. Oaky, brown sugar, raisin and some light bitter boozy sweetness. An absurdly cheap and good Barleywine.
Drjohnrock (416) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Twelve ounce bottle received from Tmoney99 (thanks, Tom!) at ’Natifest ’08, tasted on February 9, 2013--yes, it’s been sitting in the back of my fridge all this time. Medium amber hue, strong sweet aroma with fruit and licorice notes, small tan head, smooth but assertive complex bittersweet flavor with fruity elements, somewhat bitter finish--the ABV certainly makes its presence known. This beer certainly held up well.
Salmoniform (201) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle to glass 2012. Copper hue with off white head that dissipated to a ring with yeast sediment in the bottle. Aroma is malt centric with essences of caramel, floral, butter, roast, earthy. Mouthfeel is great with medium body and good carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with a bitterness following and a slight sharpness in the finish. Overall, this is a decent barleywine that I enjoyed. Not quite as malty as an English but not as hoppy as an American...kind of in the middle and nice.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vintage 2008, 9.1%ABV
A: Pours a dark, murky chestnut ale. Single finger head of vanilla foam dissipates in a few minutes to a moderate sheet of the same. Spotty lacing.
S: toffee, caramel, good sweet malts. Slight hints of piney hops continue to live in this beer which is a surprise. The beer has a slight oxidized nose, which provides good balance actually. Slight hint of cinnamon.
T: Graham, brown sugar, toffee, raisins. Although nice, quite one dimensional. Fair amount of bitterness at the back end. ABV well hidden, but still detectable.
M: Medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation apply well here. Sticky and chewy.
D: Very drinkable beer. Not the best, but good. Have a few bottles still and will hold onto them and send out as extras.
Serving type: bottle
Westchesterco (769) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from s bottle it is a dark brown with a flight head. The atoms is of dried sweet fruit and dome boozey overtones. The taste is sweet boozey flavor that lingers bitter on the palate
Iphonephan (2609) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a deep coal brown with a thick tan head. Caramel nose. Flavors of caramel, butterscotch, raisins and licorice with some grassy hop notes.. Medium full bodied, moderate carbonation, bitter finish.
icehawk (831) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown/black with no head. Aroma of alcohol, dark malts, spices. Big, chewy mouthfeel. Flavors of dates, dark fruit, molasses, oranges, and licorice. Very rich flavors, with a fairly sweet overall flavor.