palner (23) - - JUN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 Reserve bottle 2847/6200. Amber red to caramel in color with nice airy foam. 11.7abv but quite drinkable. Can feel the alcohol after first glas. Taste is sweet but with a bitterness from hops. My first barley wine.
reebtogi (5525) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bomber pours amber in color with a 2 finger white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus and caramel with some earthy and grainy notes. Taste is a citrus and earthy hop bitterness with a fruit and caramel malty sweetness with a light alcohol burn in the finish. Medium to full bodied with good carbonation for the style. Overall, a very nicely done barley wine that is hoppier than most beers of this style, but still balanced and not too over the top. Highly recommended.
stantheman (881) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2016
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Alibi Room in Vancouver. A very dark copper color beer with minimal beige head and tart vinous nose. A big load of bitter hops nicely balanced with sweet malts. Well done! 4
beerplace (613) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Alibi Room. Vintage 2014. Pours a dark amber with a white head. Aroma is sweet, with caramel and dried fruits notes. Taste is complex with tropical fruits and piney bitterness, caramel, roasted malt. Hoppy bitterness aftertaste. Very good!
Oakes (15294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown amber, thin head. Lots of bitterness, hop earthy foresty notes. Sweeter caramelly malts. Has light fruits. Decent bw
djd07 (9563) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Derek. Pours a cloudy brown with medium white head that lasts. The aroma is earthy malt and citrus. Medium mouth, roast, earth, dark fruit, bitter finish, ok.
slowrunner77 (9661) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 14, 2016
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Still don’t know quite what to think of this one, but bottom line was, I didn’t finish it.
The nose is fantastic, classic malty barleywine with some age on it, leather, berries, bread. Hops as it opens. Flavor starts nice, then BAM - my tongue tries to recede into the roof of my mouth as the ridiculous amount of puckering bitterness hits me in the finish. As much as I tried to get past that, I could not. Such a shame, as after the first whiff, I was ready for a classic. But...too abrasive for it’s own good.
dwyerpg (5498) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 3, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma doesn’t have that delicious molasses, but other than that, this was stellar. A great Barley wine molasses flavor that isn’t too sweet or heavy. Went down quick.
Gerbeer (3027) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a dark copper with moderate head. Aromas of brown sugar toffee and fruity/rubbery hops. Flavors of same with additional elements of grass, copper, and bitter citrus peels. Really nice and should cellar well.
furthur (849) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 23, 2016
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 2/20
GABBF draft. Dark amber, cream skiff of foam. Aroma malt, dark fruit. Taste malt, spruce, rubber, not good. Palate ok.
hayduke (4629) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at GABF 2015. In the tasting glass red brown with a beige form cap. Nose of fruit, and some citrus. Goodness knows what else but there are other aromas. there. Very full body. Flavor is malts, raisins maybe, and citrus for sure. Finish is fruity and somewhat bitter. Almost overwhelming in the complexity of flavors but there is almost too much going on. A bit rough overall, but still OK.