Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle, fresh. Pours a crystal clear, glowing, orange-amber shade with a tall, foamy head of beige suds. The froth subsides fairly quickly, settling as a lasting blanket with a fat edge, but leaving just scant flares of lace behind. The nose is massively hopped, booming with distinct tangerine and naval orange notes, both floral and juicy. Some pine oils also emerge, lending further resinous hop character, asserting bitterness over the underlying golden grain and toffee malts. The first sip confirms the hop dominance, pine resin and bitter tangerine pith striking first, paving the way for a rush of golden barley and toffee glazed cereal grain malt. In the mouth, alcohol warms the underlying sweet, syrupy body, balanced carbonation keeping it on its toes. Somehow, the finish isn’t overly cloying, as it dries out a decent bit. This reminds me a lot of Smuttynose Barleywine with its golden base and citrus-hop-forward tendencies, only Smutty nailed it and this is slightly off mark. Decent slow sipper, but ultimately not crazy about it.
JoeTheYounger (1113) - Claremont, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2012 Bottle from cbfobes. Clear golden pour with thin white head. Aroma is sweet pineapple and honey. Taste is almost like a sweet double ipa. Different and unique for a barley wine
TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Clear golden orange with a lacy white head. Nose is caramel, leather, pear and apple. Also detecting some brett? Delicate and enticing. Slick medium body with a lively tingle. Taste is semi-sweet apple, grass, yeast and woody white wine. Ends with alcohol and citrus pith. Somewhere between a west coast barleywine and something else.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle: Pours a clear bronze amber with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a lightly sweet caramel malty nose and some light grainy character with lots of citrus hop character and a touch of tartness. Starts with pretty good fullness and effervescent carbonation with decent caramel malty sweetness and citric hop bite with a touch of fruitiness before a drier, slightly warming finish. Has a little too much tartness for the style, which almost seems like it could be from a hop addition, but there’s not enough aroma hops to balance it out.
msante79 (2187) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from ncmussel. Pours clear dark orange with white head. Aromas of orange citrus, tropical fruit, and sweet caramel malts. Flavors of sweet caramel, some citrus, good amount of bitter hops, and some alcohol warmth in the finish. This is definitely of the American variety of barley wines. Looks and tastes like DIPA in a way. Solid.
patrickfannon (1200) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. 12 oz. Split with and courtesy of Vinny. Pours a brilliant orange with near perfect clarity-which is quite stunning, for a barley wine-and a fluffy white head which recedes to leave a fuzzy, spotty lacing. Aroma of cotton candy, pink lemonade, grape Hi-Chew, strawberries, fresh hops, and some subtle cherry. Taste is is cherry, cranberry, honey and some ultra-smooth whiskey in the warm ass finish. What a fantastic barley wine.
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is impressive, fragrant floral hops, mostly of the piney variety dominate the nose. It’s golden ambler with a half finger of white foam. Taste starts out with piney hops then fades into rich bready/caramel malt. A delicious American barleywine.
bookman10 (539) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear orange-copper with thinnish head. Floral and citrus aromas. Flavor is very much marked by the fruity--lots of citrus. There’s some sweetness and some hop bitterness. Almost more like an IPA than a barley wine, though bw’s aren’t a style I’m all that familiar with. Very good.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to Adam for this bottle.
Pours much lighter than any barleywine I’ve ever seen. It’s a clear golden with a small beige head that recedes quickly and leaves a collection of bubbles in the middle.
Aroma is massively hoppy for a BW with lots of herbal character as well as a ton of citrus, pineapples and mango. The malts are definitely in the background with some faint caramel and bready malts. Smells like a DIPA.
Taste brings the sweetness, much more than in the aroma. That said, the initial flavors are oranges and pinapples from the hops. The sugary sweet malts are definitely more prevalent than in the nose creating a stickiness after each sip.
The mouthfeel is smooth and extremely boozy. Every sip leaves a sticky hop resin on the palate with alcohol burn.
I’m not exactly sure how to compare this to other barleywines as it seems much more like a double/triple IPA. A really good beer, if not slightly miscategorized.
Marheb (1517) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouquet de houblons spectaculaire, miel, tangerine, herbes avec un corps au malt délicat. L’amertume terreuse bien affûté laisse croire à une impériale ipa. Version on ne peut plus américaine d’un barleywine avec une étonnante légèreté.