jstraw (1942) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear, brilliant, orange with fair, creamy, white head / Sweet, bright, nose of spun sugar, pine, and citrus / Medium to full body, sweet, somewhat syrupy, and biting, with good balance and finish /Soapy flavors of candied cherries, apricots, and dates, plus pine, spun sugar, and resin / A very unique flavor profile, and quite excellent.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 vintage. Pours to a vibrantly glowing amber body with a rapidly dissipating off-white head. Aroma is lightly sweet barley with some lemon zest, lemon flesh, granny smith apples, and light resin. Once tasted, the hops are quite apparent. Zesty lemons with a modest resin and grassy bitterness. Fruit compote and graham crackers. Very well balanced flavors. The palate is medium bodied with a moderate sweet lingering texture. A crisp carbonation livens this up.
Pailhead (5365) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of ughsmash via trade
Bottle: The aroma has lots of citrus, grapefruit, and apricot. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a small soapy white head. The flavor starts with sweet apricot, peach, and oranges. The finish moderate grapefruit and light alcohol. Overall, you could tell me this was a IIPA and I wouldn’t think twice.
Frank (3218) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sort of strange and minty but good. Hoppy and pretty light for a barleywine. Hoppy and light for a barleywine with a bubble gum like sweetness.
jabo134 (12) - Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
New Glarus is one of my favorite breweries. This beer did not disappoint. It was very good but I would never guess this was a barleywine. The American hops really came through.
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 (6787) - 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 (1203) - 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 (583) - 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 (3638) - 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.