tcanapa (17) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours orange-amber with 2 fingers of light head, aroma is very strong citrus, a little thin on the body, no lacing, solid hops flavor with a hint of caramel, if I had poured this blind, I would’ve thought it was an IPA
nimbleprop (3004) - 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 (3806) - 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 (380) - 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 (133) - 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 (786) - 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.
Sammy (7040) - 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 (7628) - 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 (1402) - 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.
dfinney23 (1004) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of many New Glarus bottles courtesy of GhostFace. Pours slightly hazy orange. Aroma of caramel and citrus. Taste is maybe a tad too sweet. Hides it’s alcohol amazingly well.
peteinSD (958) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Neal - thanks! Bright and hazy golden yellow pour with a froth of white foam. Aroma is heavy caramel, toffee, raisin, crackers, and thick, sweet malt with pine and hop bitterness on the finish. Taste is very smooth with a heavy toffee/english style barley wine malt flavor presenting plum, raisin, etc. that is nicely complimented by pine and hop bitterness with some alcohol heat slipping through on the tail end of the sip. Clean, coating mouthfeel. Unique, and of so tasty take on the style.