SnobbyBeer (1) - - FEB 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served in a Belgian tulip. Enjoyed on 2-21-12.
This beer pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow-honey color. Itís fairly light compared to other barleywines Iíve had, and it looks very much like an IPA or double IPA. The head was massive, about 3 fingers, and just the slightest bit off-white. It leaves some nice lacing along the side of the glass, and after the initial pour there is almost no carbonation bubbles to speak of.
This is a citrus bomb! Tons and tons of fresh hoppy aroma come out, bringing grapefruit, tangerine, and fresh orange zest. Some slight alcohol follows. I tend to enjoy the hop/alcohol combination, so it definitely works. There is a slight malt smell after the hop barrage. Like the bottle says, there is a bit of graham cracker detectible. Overall, WOW this brew smells fantastic.
Could it be? Is that MALT I taste?! Indeed it is! And plenty of it - I was worried that this was going to be like an IPA in terms of bitterness, but to my surprise there is a lot of sweet malt in this bad boy. It brings notes of caramel-covered graham crackers and toffee. The hops bring a wonderful complexity, bringing some old familiar favorites: citrus, tangerine, tropical fruits, mango, and everyoneís favorite "cat piss". Yum. The booze is definitely evident. This beer drinks like a 12% ABV brew, which I think holds it back slightly. The flavor is wonderfully complex and intense, I very much dig.
For as big of a beer as this is, itís no struggle to drink. It drinks more like an imperial IPA than a barleywine, which can be a dangerous thing! Itís not as thick as one would imagine, and it has a (dare I say it?) DRY finish! What a mindf**k. Thereís a medium-low amount of carbonation - perfect for this particular beer.
I usually donít like hoppy, American barley wines, but New Glarus just canít seem to get a bad beer past me. I was worried about this beer being too bitter, but the bitterness and hop character are just about perfect. Iím glad to taste the sugary-sweet malt mess that I like in barley wines. Iím also glad they made a BIG barleywine, not a casual 8-9% ABV barleywine. I can only imagine what this beer tastes like after a year or two of age on it.
VERY special thanks to Duff27 for sending me a whole 4 pack of this delicious brew.
Prufrockstar (1528) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, with thanks to Homer. Mostly clear ruddy amber pour with thin white head. Aroma is a mixed bag -- thick caramel and plums mixed with cheese and cardboard. Taste leans more toward the good: strong, rather sweet (molasses brown sugar) but finishes with what I imagine is age-induced dryness. Some heat to this, but pretty well-rounded, making itself felt mainly in the way it lingers on the tongue. Full body, average carbonation, thick texture. Overall: Not exactly a hit, but not exactly a miss either.
BiiruBierBeer (651) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
SUPER weird smell. No idea how to describe it. Odd malty taste with a bit of pool water, especially in the aftertaste. Not a good beer.
bytemesis (4762) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Homer! Pours hazy amber, medium beige head, dissipates to a ring that laces well. Aroma is pleasant, malty, bready, toffee, some sherry notes. Flavor is medium sweet, light plus bitter, a tad oxidized, lingering bitterness gets a bit metallic. Medium body.
RobertDale (4346) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle. Pours a somewhat cloudy golden brown with a decent off-white head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is caramel malt, fruit, citrus, spice, and some alcohol. Very nice. Very easy to drink.
jbruner (2985) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at catch 22 bottle share! Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with thin white head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts over earthy hops and light tobacco. Taste is mostly the malt, nice sweetness but not too crazy, booze well hidden. Wow, different for the style, but very nice.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Thanks, Mike. Shockingly light hued for a barley wine. Deep, golden-yellow with a mild haze. Instantly fading head leaves a stark white collar around the brew. Hoppy nose. Floral, grassy, & heavy with perfume. Undercurrent of citrus, tart lemon zest, & herbaceous notes cascaded over caramel, stale toffee, & toasted bready malt. Flavor is also quite hoppy. Herbal, leafy, peppery, & grassy with each sip, lots of citrus peel, both sweet & even a bit tart. The back-end shows a bit more barley wine character with sticky caramel, toffee, & honey-coated toast coming out. But the hops are still the king of the hill. Modest finished red apple sweetness. Heavy & sticky body. Either an overly malty DIPA or an overly hoppy barley wine. Both "styles" I donít really love. While still a decent brew overall, this one has a small identity crisis.
czar (5843) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks bro! pours unclear bright golden orange with a nice off-white head, good retention and lacing. caramel and oranges, resin and pine, minty and peppery alcohol - pinesol *TM reminiscence, sugary - brown sugar and caramel sauce; dill and other spices. light carbonation, medium to full body; sweet, hot and grassy-spicy-resinous finish. o-k, which is far from new glarusí standards.
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on 2/18/12 from a capped 12oz bottle. Pours clear golden with an average white head that leaves thin lace. The nose is more hoppy than anything else, with some underlying lightly sweet caramel malt. The flavor is more focused on the sweetish caramel malt, but still very hoppy bitter. The body is fairly full with lively carbonation and a long caramel and bitter hops finish.
tom10101 (4026) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (12 oz). Split 2-ways with czar. From Marheb, thanks!
Appearance: Clear bright golden/orange with a small persistent off-white head and little lacing.
Aroma: Bold resin with heavy sweetness, citrus notes, herbal presence and caramel.
Taste: Super resinous and quite sweet with a lot of residual sugars, citrus, alcohol and medium bitterness.
Palate: Full body. Moderate carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Burning and bitter finish.
Overall: Unbalanced, cloying and not enjoyable like many of those American BW / Triple IPA hybrid. Itís not complex, thereís almost no malt depth (try the Barley Wine from LíAlbion to see how rich malts can balance the massive hops presence). Weak.
slowrunner77 (7278) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"rarely do I keep a beer Iíve had (and that is not available in the local market) on my wishlist, but this is a keeper. Thanks Lou! I couldnít imagine that this would match, or perhaps even top, the Unpugged Iced Barleywine, but it did. Itís like a Sam Adams Griffins Bow (unique in itís lighter color and palate, while still being hefty, and full flavored) perfected. Citrus hops and vanilla!! I had to read the label to see if this was oaked (it was not) but damn was it delicious. One of my favorite NG beers...ridiculously drinkable for a 12% brew. I dreamt this was a bomber last night. 6/12 - oddly showing more heat with more time in the bottle, still awesome,