changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I got a bottle of this from the recent Secret Santa. Thanks! Reddish-orange with a loose white bubbly head. A ring of roam lasts around the edges to produce some spotty lacing on the glass. Candied orange and cranberry in the aroma, with toffee malt, and whiffs of alcohol toward the tail end of the scent. The flavors are smooth, for the most part, consisting of orange peel and a lot of candied mixed fruit. Thereís plenty of malt here but itís not thick and syrupy, which is a good thing. This is 12%? It seems lighter than that but thereís still a gentle warmth to each sip. Sweetness and a toasty character are noted in the body with gentle citrus hop bitterness in the back end. It starts to dry out some in the finish but never really gets "dry". If Iím being honest, this is pretty mediocre. Sure itís a solid drink but thereís nothing here to set it apart from your run-of-the-mill Barley Wine. The Iced Barley Wine he made a while back was much better.
jgb9348 (4923) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crisp clear ruby and beautiful amber and copper tinted body with a thinnish, fast-dying off-white head that leaves large bubbles. Aroma of alcohol, whiskey, grain, oak, hops, citrus and even a bit of hops! Full-bodied; Deep pit fruit sweetness up front with a large brandy and alcohol burn afterwards, all showing some dry oak, vanilla and piney hop finish at the end. Aftertaste shows a nice complexity with the alcohol, cognac and oak flavours dominating. Then some pit fruits hit with raisins and figs the strongest, all with a pungent oak and piney hop finish. Overall, a very strong and deep beer that is still quite rough around the edges, with some good flavours and a nice complexity - just a bit too harsh, still. Great to try, but I wish I would have aged this for another 4 or 5 years, then enjoyed it. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Discount Liqour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 05-September-2012 for US$2.99 sampled at home in Washington on a chilly evening on 07-January-2014.
2012 Bottle // Purchased September 2012 // Sampled January 2014
jcnielsen (2362) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle in Vail. Thanks to adnielsen for sharing. Pours a cloudy orange color with white head. Malty, boozy, slight fruity flavors. Not a great barley wine.
olr1984 (1178) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle pours a orange amber with a small tan head. Sweet malt and fruit aroma. Taste is the same.
harrymel (1524) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber with a etched form atop a hazy beer. vanilla, nougat, caramel, bits of floral hops. Flavor is caramel, crystalized hops, tea, sweet wort, bits of belgian candy sugar. Nice flavor. Medium bodied with tight, sharp carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer.
Serving type: bottle
ineedbeer (967) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is fairly malty with nice light caramel and faintly toasted bread notes. Some cracker and biscuit notes also present. Medium to medium light hop aroma that is fairly citrusy but with a nice complimentary spicy dank note.
Pours a nice copper orange with a thin white head that quickly recedes to a thin film on the edges. No lashing and medium sized legs.
Flavor is sweet and rich with lots of lighter pale malt complexity. Light caramel, faintly toasted bread and sweet biscuits abound. Medium hop flavors with high bitterness. Hops are mostly grapefruit but with complimentary resin notes and light spicy dank character. This doesnít have the complexity that some darker barleywines has but it has a nice unique complexity of its own without blurring the lines of a hoppy stout. Surprisingly little fruit esters - this one is clean.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall a really enjoyable lighter barley wine. This might be my favorite lighter barley wine that I have tried. The light malt has a surprisingly nice complexity without getting into a darker malt realm. The hop character compliments the light malt well and doesnít rate like an afterthought where a bunch of random hops were dumped in to bring up the bitterness.
jcartamdg (2267) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours golden orange with no head. Aroma of caramel malt and booze. Taste
Is sweet caramel, booze with slight citrus notes. Nice bw.
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Deep honey in color, a bit like Fireweed, large frothy sandy head, nice lacing.   Soft sweet bready nose.   Slight melon like fruitiness.   Strong pale breadiness on the tongue, sweet, a bit melon like.
Not all that hoppy, not overly malty.   This is another one of those strong sweet Golden Ales that are so often called Barley Wines.   I dig everying Dan Carey does, but this one seems a bit mis-labeled.   I donít say
that often, but this one is neither very hoppy nor really heavy in terms of caramel or rich malts.   Its a strong fruity sweetness, so strong Golden is all over my mind.   Okay, enough of the labels now.   Body and mouthfeel
are moderate.   Sticky sweetness on the finish.   Neither English or American, this is a strong Golden that is neither overly hoppy nor overly malty.   I am at a loss to put this beer into a category other than to say its not
like any other.   Lets just say this, very fruity (in the bready/melon sense) without being too malty or hoppy.   However, wished it were more hoppy and malty.   <cry>   Tiz decent, but seems like one of the old English
Strong Golden Ales that no longer exist.
JStax (3344) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a lightir copper to gold. No head. Aroma is hoppy and sweet. Sweet and hoppy taste. Warming. Good beer.
nimbleprop (5329) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours a clear, caramel amber with some thin, eggshell head. Nose is nice, caramel, oranges, a little grapefruit pith, cracker, brown sugar, a little carrot, lots of fruit, definitely more on the English end of barleywines. Flavor is the same, brown sugar, caramel, tea biscuits, orange, lemon, a little soap, bread, roasted root veg, a little minty. Full, sweet and bitter finish. Very nice. Well balanced.