emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle to tulip. Aroma has some nice floral notes and some nice citrus as well. nice sweet malty nose with a little bit of biscuit. Nice amber gold pour with a moderate white head. Very bitter finish with not much booziness. This is an awesomely drinkable barley wine. This beer is super awesome. Ties with bigfoot as my favorite barley wine
douglas88 (6307) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a very bright orange color with a medium white head. A sweet nose of citrus hops, biscuit and berries. The flavor is quite interesting; sweet banana and strawberry, some bitter hops, citrus, light toffee, something akin to a fresh Bigfoot but with more phenolic banana and fruity elements. Good.
Guerde (1182) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) Pours clear orange with a very thin white head and absolutely no lacing. The beer possesses somewhat of a sheen to it, and there are some legs produced when swirled which hints at the viscosity. Aroma is certainly some weird, wild, stuff with multiple scents invading the olfactories at once. Scents of black licorice, peaches, strawberries, mango, rubbing alcohol, gummy bears, cotton candy, lime zest, and orange rind coated in toffee. Double IPA, barleywine, whatever it is, there are some odd scents here that somehow coalesce into something both interesting and pleasant. The taste leaves something to be desired however, with the complexity displayed in the aroma not even halfway translating over to the flavor. Granted the case can be made for some graham cracker flavor towards the finish, but this is quickly replaced by significant alcohol warmth (but no sting) and bitterness. Other flavors are ample caramel, lime, candied orange, prunes, and dried strawberry. For how thick this appears, the mouthfeel is not overly sticky and the alcohol is relatively subdued for how big a beer this is (apparently 12%). Overall this is a pretty unique barleywine, and it will be interesting to see how it morphs with age.
jlruthven (562) - 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 (3516) - 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 I’m somewhat surprised by this as it’s very messy and not to style, which is rare for New Glarus.
flatmatt (1155) - Northville, 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 (1418) - 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 I’ve had; the alcohol content is there, but this is much more citrus hoppy and light fruits than dark grapey or raisiny fruits. I’ll be interested to age this a bit, and also to get some more as it is quite intriguing.
nsquishee (615) - 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 (7866) - 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 doesn’t 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 aren’t 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.