jlruthven (533) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours clear orange with...faintly pink highlights, I think? Not much head. Nose is astringent for a barleywine, with upfront grapefruit, a bit of pine. Resinous palate, with more grapefruit, hint of pine, big, bitter hop profile. Lively mouthfeel, surprising amount of carbonation. Odd example of the style, but largely successful. Wonder how it ages.
HonkeyBra (3113) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazed orange hue with barely any head. Small rim around the glass and few bubbles on tap. Aroma of leafy hops, golden malt sweetness, some bread dough malts, some crackers, some pine and tropical fruit hops. Flavor is fairly hoppy, lots of citrus and pine. Medium to strong bitterness, fairly sweet want component. Pretty heavy and syrupy. Basically, you could tell me this is a DIPA and I would believe you. I would say Iím somewhat surprised by this as itís very messy and not to style, which is rare for New Glarus.
flatmatt (1025) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours an orange amber, clear, with just a ring of a white head. Aroma has lots of citrus, including lemon, maybe little hints of caramel, and a slight alcohol sting. Flavor is also quite citrusy, with grapefruit and lemon, orange, some caramel hints, and a bit of pine. Quite sweet. Pretty nice, and not quite what I was expecting.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear orange. Thin white head. Aroma is magnificent and hoppy. Honestly, better than hopslam. But the flavor is a blend of hoppy floralness, malty sweetness, and yeasty fruitiness. Marvelous.
AWISLguy (1048) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sendiks in Brookfield. Pours a very clear orangey brown - like a good brandy - without a head. Aroma has overripe citrus fruits, some pine and resin. Taste brings sweet hops, honey, some lemony bitterness and a bit of malt back. Very crisp and clean. Syrupy flavor depth without the thickness. Finishes with some length and some alcohol. Not like any barleywine Iíve had; the alcohol content is there, but this is much more citrus hoppy and light fruits than dark grapey or raisiny fruits. Iíll be interested to age this a bit, and also to get some more as it is quite intriguing.
nsquishee (570) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
New Glarus never fails to impress me! This barley wine is very hoppy, sweet, and boozy. It has a pleasant, floral & citrus aroma and looks like honey. It greets you with a tingle on your tongue followed by a light bitterness, then sweetness, and finishes with a lingering, boozy, hop-bitterness. Seems like a very potent combo of a beast of dIPA and unique barley wine. It was definitely worth my trip over to Wisconsin (New Glarus is only available in WI...bummer).
crossovert (6352) - Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle.
It pours a brilliant color, a perfectly clear honey-amber with a foamy white head that is a bit fizzy and doesnít leave much lacing. But the beer itself is beautiful.
The smell is huge, as soon as you pop the top a nice combo of zesty almost tropical citrusy hops and clean honeylike malt. It smells a bit like Hopslam or Double Jack. Not quite as hoppy but in that ballpark.
The flavor is great. It is definitely a hop-forward barleywine. It is crisp and dry rather than thick and chewy like normal beer of this gravity. There is a nice fruitiness to it, moreso light fruits than the typical rasiny flavor. The malts bring a big hit of sweetness but it is controlled. There is a light bit of perfumey alcohol presence but it is more flavor than heat. I have to stress it, for a 12% beer, yes it has alcohol prescence, all 12% beers do but this one is far and away the smoothest one I have ever had in this territory.
Barleywines arenít really my forte, I like them, but this one I loved. Non-traditional, but super delicious. And this is not an IPA at all, there is still a distinct malty alcoholic sweetness that would never be welcomed in a DIPA.
Hair6a11 (1268) - Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; Pour is clear honey golden with an average off white head in this glass; retention is on the average side here. The nose is caramel and sweet breads, apricot, grapefruit, and general citrus notes really. This one starts off with more apricot and sweetbreads, it feels a little thin bodied, but what Iíve realized is that this one comes off as a great value for the money - more grapefruit, pine, breads, caramel, resiny hops with a hint of florals here as well - there is some booze that comes through at the end
ElGaucho (2156) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Aroma Iíd faint but rich , sweet malt evident. Crystal clear dark gold body. Thin off white head. Super strong alcohol profile. Nice hops. Really good beer but tastes like an IIPA with a ton of malt added instead of a true bwine. Almost more like an American Strong.
tcanapa (17) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours orange-amber with 2 fingers of light head, aroma is very strong citrus, a little thin on the body, no lacing, solid hops flavor with a hint of caramel, if I had poured this blind, I wouldíve thought it was an IPA