djd07 (8791) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Chow. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is candy sugar, toffee, booze. Medium mouth, similar flavors to nose, nice dark fruit, boozy finish, very good.
Douberd (4537) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(North Coast Class of ’88 Barley Wine) Bottle 750 ml at home, corked and caged. Gotten from a trade wth a swedish guy it seems, but can’t remember whom. Thanks anyway! Served into a snifter, ABV 10%
Deep orange to red colour on the body, mostly clear, with a good sized and thick enough off-white head on top, with average retention.
Aroma has still strong hops, caramel, alcohol,tropical fruits, apricot.
Taste is sweet, nice caramel notes, notable alcohol, hops, red fruits, apricot, peach, light orange peel, some pine even.
Medium thick body, biting carbonation, quite dry on the palate.
Very good and not your usual barleywine, this still tastes like a fresh DIPA with Hopslam coming to mind. 10% but so easy to drink, great beer.
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy reddish brown. Aromas of hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is to strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a dark fruit taste.
fiulijn (18446) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 19, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver, corked
if it was released in March 2013, it’s 2 years old
Hazy amber color with creamy and persistent head. The aroma is very nice, more fruity than the usual American Barley Wine, adding a dimension; there is also a delicate Bourbon vanilla touch. Good body strength, moderate sweetness, but expect less thickness and sugars than usual; instead this Barley Wine has a remarkable spicy character, like rye; good bitterness level, the hop participates with some fruity resins, more was expected.
Even if it’s a Barley Wine, I suspect it was better when fresher; good brew, a bit different, but not mind blowing.
jtclockwork (13523) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle - pours orange gold white head - nose/taste of old hops, orange peel, toffee, metallic notes and resin - medium body.
vtafro (6267) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Golden pour with tan head. Fruit, boozy and hoppy aromas. Herbal, fruity, boozy, hoppy grassy Flavors.
Lowe1983 (1480) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy, dark amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel malts, and some alcohol. Flavor is similar but not as thick on the mouth feel as I usually like with barley wines. Some warming on the finish but not a whole lot.
AirForceHops (5877) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 17, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 bottle, thanks Adrien! Amber color, mild traces of sediment floating around, no head. Aroma is toffee, pine needles, dough malts, and booze.
The flavor still has plenty of bitterness, more bitterness then should be here for a three year old bottle. Plenty of pine, floral hop hints. Tobacco leaves, earthy notes. Body is damn near syrupy. Carbonation is still here. No oxidation can be found.
koleminer20 (2115) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. Enjoyed at the 3rd Annual Barleywine Tasting at Travis’s house on February 20. 750 mL bottle. The pour on this one is interesting. It’s a brighter orangey color with a small cap of light tan head and a light lace as it falls down. This one is definitely an American. There is a nice light caramel and toffee up front, and it then just rolls through a huge hoppy bitterness. There is a lot of pine resin, and not really any more sweetness once the pine sets in. The flavors are very similar. It’s got a strong hoppiness up front, backed up with a strong resin on the back end. There is a little sweetness in the middle. A touch of citrus and the toffee come back through, but are definitely overshadowed throughout. The mouth feel is a little thin and light, with a touch too much bubbly carbonation. The aftertaste is lingeringly bitter and carries a touch of fruitiness. This one is definitely interesting. The booze that exists is really well hidden. It’s a nicely done American.
bytemesis (6312) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 4, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy orange, small beige head, decent residual and lacing. Aroma is caramel, toffee, pine. Flavor is medium sweet, light plus bitter, hints of orange zest, caramel and toffee with piney hops adding bitterness on the finish. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Pretty much right down the middle of the American barleywine fairway on this one.