5000 (6300) - 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 (3548) - 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 (5568) - 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 Iíd fully expected this to lean more towards the malty, English-style end of the spectrum. Certainly loads of candy malts and biscuits, but thereís a clean, bright character thatís compelling. Carries over in the taste, too, providing a nice balance to a generally sweet beer so that itís not cloying, heavy, or even especially boozy at 12%. Very fine, and will be curious to see how this one changes with age.
beerbaaron (1580) - 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 (654) - 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 (1629) - 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 Iíve had and thatís okay. This is an excellent beer and I enjoy it a lot more than the rating indicates. Well done.
Sammy (9326) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An American strong ale. Big bubbly head on clear orange body. Lacey.Lots of orange aroma, and orange taste. Honeyish. Lots of flavour, a dangerously drinkable beer.
Ratman197 (10870) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear golden amber with a small lasting creamy ivory head. Aromnas of crackers, lemon zest, grapefruit zest and a hint of pine. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of crackers, earthiness, grapefruitr and light lemon zest with a crisp dry lightly bitter lingering citrus finish
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with friends. Honey orange pour with a nice white head. Aroma is slightly citrus and toasty. As we were drinking we all tried to guess the ABV, and the guesses ranged from 7-9%. We were all a little floored when we found out it was 12%. The alcohol is very well hidden. The citrus notes carry through on the palate. Really excellent use of hops in a barley wine. Very well balanced and tasty. This was an excellent beer.