BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle: Pours to a reddish amber colored body with a small eggshell colored head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, apple & pears with a medium-strong scent of acidic smoke. Taste is light apple, but not tart apple, sweet pear/plum malt flavors, some mild grassy/spicy hops hidden in the back, and a medium amount of smoke flavor. They do a nice job blending the smoked malt flavor in here - it’s fully part of the flavor from start to finish but does not dominate the flavor as it does in a typical smoked beer. In a sense there is a bit of sea salt flavor in the smoke as well. Medium bodied, light carbonation, sweet and slightly syrupy, as would be expected for an English barleywine. This one should age very nicely, although the alcohol content could be a bit higher to match the style, and for better aging.
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Poured a copper color with a smaller sized off white head. Where’s the smokiness - trace if at all. Toast, caramel, some vanilla, some woodiness, and lighter fruitiness.
puboflyons (2120) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. The pour is amber copper with a modest head and good clarity. The idea of a smoked barleywine intrigued me but on the nose the smoke was muted while the alcohol-seeped malts were forward. The body was medium and on the creamy side. The flavor was pucker-up biting with noticeable alcohol and an astringent paint thinner type aftertaste. Cellaring this might mellow it.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - Pours a foggy dark amber brown with glowing red hues around the edges. A micro bubble off-white head that leaves beautiful lacing.
S - Smokey rich toffee malt, toasted sugar, cherries, notes of pine, alcohol.
T - Toffee malt with hints of smoked wood. The subtle smokiness is evident from the start all the way to the aftertaste and produces a welcomed dryness to balance out the malt. Hints of grapefruit and pine towards the finish.
A highly drinkable Barleywine. The smoke adds a nice twist. The is not an in your face beer. It is definitely worth trying.
Serving type: bottle
malrubius (1682) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Grain & Vine. Muddy orange amber with ring. Caramel fruit cardboard aroma with a touch of smoke and alcohol. Sweet fruity caramel with sharp bitter astringency and lingering medicinal smoke. Gets better as it warms.
Much better warm. An extra point for Overall and for flavor despite the medicinal aftertaste.
rocbyter (1896) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dry and lightly chalky malt aroma. Clear red color with a small tan head. Mild quick bitter beginning with a building sweetness to a smokey, light medicine finish.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2012
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of smoked barley. Poured deep amber/brown in color with a small, off-white head that disappeared except for around the edges. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of small-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, bacon, slight vanilla, and slight smoke. Medium body. Oily, then lightly dry, slightly chalky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, smoke, bacon, vanilla finish is medium sweet and lightly dry. 7.7%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
adrian910ss (2348) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a rusty amber color with a medium sized light beige head. Aroma of Candied malt and light hints of smoke. Taste is much the same
DocLock (7829) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Dr. Capone. Pours chill hazy deep coppery with 2-finger off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, fruit, mild rauch and big hoppy wafts. Tastes caramel malty, with a solid rauchy flavor, big hops, fruit, and a complex finish. This one finished bold with well masked Ethanol and a smokier and hoppier finish as it warmed.
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a slot barleywine style beer. It certainly has the heavy maltiness that one would expect, but it is well balanced by just enough hops. I am not sure why this rated so low, expect to think that those that have rated this have not had many beers of this style. This is a good representation of the style.
ben4321 (3862) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 12/28/11
Aroma: The nose is fairly light, some yeast, a little spice, some malts, and notes of smoke
Appearance: It pours a rather cloudy orange-brown color, with a beige head and streaky lace
Flavor: The taste is pretty much on the malty side, smoke is fairly subtle, and basically no bitterness
Palate: The body light-medium, with an average-to-soft carbonation, and it has a fairly short duration
This beer was alright, but it wasn’t what the label had lead me to believe that I would be getting, because the smoke was actually pretty reserved. Still though, the beer was rather drinkable, but it just didn’t completely live up to my hopes.