xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is sweet orange, cardboard, , a slight booziness, biscuit, and some sweety hop florals.
Taste is spicy, somewhat odd, the aroma and flavor are completely dichotomous. Yeasty, sweet, slightly oxidized.
Finish is sweet, and orange bitters.
Great aroma and head retention. Finish and taste is a let down.
douglas88 (7583) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Jeff. Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. A big sweet malty pine nose. Awesome. Huge sweet malts, toffee, caramel, oxidation, awesome.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle: Pours a clear deep copper amber with a stringy-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty caramel nose with a touch of oxidation and light fruits and faint piny hops. Starts with good fullness and fine carbonation with sweet toffee and brown sugar notes with some raisins and resiny hop bitterness before a drier, slightly warming, but mostly smooth finish. Has good complexity and balance and seems to have aged nicely.
wchesser (1577) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed X-Mas day, 2011. Great floral hops aromas, but also big english toffee and caramel as it warms and airs. Gorgeous orange blossom honey color with a medium head that fades to moderate lacing. This has a big malt core that carries the 100 IBUs incredibly well. Terrific balance. Molasses and hop on solid malt. I’m not a big barley wine guy but this stuff rocked.
deyholla (8866) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by someone at freetail release. Pours near clear amber brown with a near white head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma is sweet with caramel, toffee and bread, bit of grain. Flavor is a bit more hoppy but still sweet with toffee and bread.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big thanks to bmanning for pulling out this Midnight Sun bottle from his stash. Served in a snifter.
Poured a hazy peach-amber color with a good white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brought forward some dough and brown sugar plus a good dosing of booze. Lightly tannic, even though I don’t think this was oak-aged. The flavor falls along the same lines. Some sweetness, but not all that much goind on. Medium body and fairly boozy; dry and slightly astringent. Not one of my favorite MS brews.
JohnnyJ (5070) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from bottle. Dark orange pour with a small off-white head. Toffee, sweet malts, some fruit, and lightly bitter hops. A balanced barleywine that hides the abv. But still not that interesting.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I brought this to BA Speedway release, but only because Daknole is such a great guy. Hazy orange golden or so in the glass. Sweet malty without being overpowering. The 12% abv is totally hidden. Little bit of oxidation, but not bad at all. Fun to have something like this. Thanks Dak.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via lagunitasfan. Cloudy orangish brown pour, thin barely visable head. Sticky, resiny barleywine nose...some overripe fruit notes and ribbon candy. Clean, sweet flavors...decent but nothing complex going on, tastes like any other decent barleywine...the style is boring though...here, the normal bw flavors surface, not overly bitter nor sweet, so its got that balanced thang going on, which is nice.
jrallen34 (3499) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Alex for this bottle served in a tulip...Pours a light brown, really clear and watery on the edges. A light tan head that is thin and whispy but has great retention and lacing....This is a very hoppy barleywine, but besides being more hoppy than the average bw it is what a typical bw smells like. Not much else going on, average aroma; hops, caramel and spice...The taste actually backs off the hops but its replaced mostly by alcohol and a little more sweetness. Its still more hoppy than your average bw but a drinkable beer it is.
This is the epitome of a regular bw from every aspect. Slightly more hoppiness makes it an interesting and drinkable bw worth trying