harrymel (1477) - 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 (618) - 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 doesn’t 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 doesn’t rate like an afterthought where a bunch of random hops were dumped in to bring up the bitterness.
jcartamdg (1861) - 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 (6180) - 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 don’t 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 (2772) - 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 (4536) - 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.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks, Adam! Nice vibrant copper pour with a thick, rocky head. Surprised by the bright fruitiness in the nose, as I’d fully expected this to lean more towards the malty, English-style end of the spectrum. Certainly loads of candy malts and biscuits, but there’s a clean, bright character that’s compelling. Carries over in the taste, too, providing a nice balance to a generally sweet beer so that it’s not cloying, heavy, or even especially boozy at 12%. Very fine, and will be curious to see how this one changes with age.
beerbaaron (1126) - Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden orange. Medium creamy white head, mostly lasting. Drippy lace. Sweet, hoppy malty, caramel, slightly fruity, citrus, floral. Full body. Pleasant hoppy bitterness. Some alcohol warmth. Very nice balance. Great drinkability for the style.
MarinEvelyn (524) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma- sweet and sugary. citrus. earthy freshness. floral.
Taste- sweet, like flowers. wine/alcohol. smooth. sugary. hoppy, bitter. Complex and delicious.
keanex (1379) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled December 30, 2011.
Appearance: This pours the color and texture of apple cider and appears a hazy dark amber in the glass. The head is minimal and almost completely disappears quickly, outside of a thin ring.
Aroma: The aroma is a fruity with a strong sweet orange aroma primarily. Sweet malts back it with a slight musky aroma giving this a sweet leaning aroma.
Taste: Citrus is prominent here from the intro through to the finish with a sort of menthol cooling finish that I find very interesting. It reminds me a bit of the fruity Halls. Sweet and slightly musky malts back this with a slight bready finish. This is interesting and enjoyable.
Palate: Medium to thick with moderate carbonation, slightly sharp towards the end.
Overall: This is unlike any barleywine I’ve had and that’s okay. This is an excellent beer and I enjoy it a lot more than the rating indicates. Well done.