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.
olr1984 (709) - 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 (516) - 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 (425) - 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 (1441) - 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 (5606) - 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 (2344) - 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 (3864) - 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 (685) - Wisconsin, 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 (320) - 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.