hockeybeerguy (1953) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a deep hazy orange to amber color with a one and a half finger white head with a decent soapy lacing clinging around the glass.
The smell had an earthy golden raisin, orange peel, apricot, light caramel, toasted bread with a florally grassy pine.
The taste took those flavors to combine enthusiastically to make a fruity sweet and a somewhat boozy sweet.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with more of a sessionable quality about it. There is a light lingering bitter citrus hoppy finish.
Overall, good blonde barleywine that I would have again.
superspak (2562) - Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 03/2013. Pours slightly cloudy deep orange amber color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of golden raisin, pineapple, orange peel, apricot, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted bread, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, yeast fruitiness, and pale malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of golden raisin, pineapple, orange peel, apricot, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted bread, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of golden raisin, pineapple, orange peel, apricot, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted bread, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, yeast fruitiness, and pale malt sweetness; with a great sweetness/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice blonde barleywine style. All around good complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops, yeast fruitiness, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and fairly crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
fletchfighters (1063) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 corked and caged
Clear orange amber color, off white head that falls to a thick collar. Some spotty lacing.
Nose is soft orange cake, golden syrup and soft citrus. Some soft booze as well.
Taste is orange citrus, pine, golden syrup, sponge cake, and toffee. Booze is there but soft and reserved. Slightly sweet and sticky and quite resinous. Light carbonation but prickly enough to lift this. Reasonable but rather have old stock
puboflyons (2121) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Medium amber to reddish pour with a short-lived but boisterous cream colored head. Not much in the way of lacing though Nice clarity. The aroma is a wonderful mish-mosh of rich caramel and barley malt characters. No booze for 10% ABV although maybe I have just better developed my palate. I think someone who has never had a barleywine before might disagree. Medium to full mouthfeel. Yeasty. I have to say that the taste was mellower than I ever expected from a 10% ABV barleywine. It had a nice rich, sweet barley and caramel malt quality with a lingering bitterness but did not taste boozy in he least. A barleywine that makes one stand up to notice but still not the best in its class.
smith4498 (3009) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours slightly hazy copper color with off white head. Aromas of caramel and bread dough. Sweet caramel flavor with some pine and dough. Medium to full body with soft carbonation.
OldGrowth (2649) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Brewery taphouse. Good aroma. Sweet malty. Fruity. Apricot peach. Clove. Tad hazed golden orange color. Sweet flavor. Medium body creamy oily mouthfeel sweet dry finish. Nice good yeasty on the finish. Flavor real good too. Nice somewhat liter barley wine.
UDBeernut (1676) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours translucent burnt sienna. Yeah, whipping out my box of crayolla crayons on this one, minimal head. Toffee and nutty nose. Taste is sweet malt, more caramel, toffee. Big full chewy body. Mild booze burn on finish. This is an old school barley wine. Like pre TI-82 calculator old school.
blklab2007 (1951) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked and caged bottle poured a light orange amber color with a coating of tan head. Aroma has malt, caramel sweetness, aged hops, and a touch of fruit. Mouth feel is average and the carbonation on the low side. Flavor again has a nicely malted core, resinous hops, wet herbs, caramel, and mild heat.
OscarFalls (44) - excelsior, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow this is a great beer. Smooth flavor and easy drinking, I like this beer after a hard day of working on the lake with my family and friends.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
TheEpeeist (3328) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
25.4 oz bottle. Hazy amber with off-white froth. Nose is caramel, faint grass, applesauce and plum. Oily medium body with a soft tingle. Taste is grassy caramel, aluminum and apple; a bit washed out.