Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 Vintage. Coming down the 40, and I always make a point to stop by this brewpub for a bite and pint (or 2). I see this one on the shelf all the time at my local haunt, but for some reason I always avoid it. Iím just not a huge Barleywine guy I guess. This time though, I was in the mood so I finished my meal with this one.
Came out in a stemmed goblet. As with most "imperialized" brews, this was not a full pint, unfortunately. A ripe plum color with faint ruby edges. The cap of froth was short in size but not short-lived, as each sip left a perfect ring clinging to the glass. Rich aromas of dark fruits, booze, and some light earthy notes. Clean mouthfeel, rich and deep, envelopes the palate. Subtle carbonation lightens this one up just a smidge.
Great decadent fruity flavors of fig, plum, and raisin. The alcohol add just enough heat to this, but in no way overpowers. Sweet candy-like flavors on the back end keep this balanced, and tone down the richness of it a bit. Bitterness is present, but again, subtlety is king. Definitely sets itself apart from the Americanized versions of this style. This was rich, tasty, and ever so easy to drink. I think I need to pull the trigger on some bottles now.
StoutDr (27) - Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Full, but not heavy mouthfeel. Malty and oaky and sweet. Unusually dark for a barleywine. Outstanding!!! I would highly recommend even for people who have never tasted a barleywine before. This could be pleasant to most beer drinkers.
TimsRatings (264) - - OCT 29, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Ridgewood (Raleigh).
Pours dark brown with a touch of head. Aroma carries a heavy malt component, which carries over int the taste. The flavors associated with barleywine don't seem to appear until the aftertaste.
I'm not a fan of barleywines, but this is drinkable in small doses. Won't be tailgating with this one.
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XmnwildX12 (2072) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at GABF 2013, had some sweet malty aroma and a similar taste, but was super dry.
burg326 (2714) - Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle waxed top, poured a reddish brown color with aromas of malt, caramel, sugar, light hops, and some molasses. Flavors are the same, mildly sweet up front with some molasses and light hops in the finish, nice beer overall.
tmongoose (927) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft and sold in bombers at restaurant. poured med to dark brown/mahogany color. sweet malt aroma, caramel malty sticky, dark fruits. the flavor holds the same sweet. not sure but I would age this for awhile. medium bodied. sticky ooey gooey sweet. lots of dark fruits and sugar.
shigadeyo (2917) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
8/31/2011: Olde Hickory Irish Walker Barley-Wine Style Ale... Aroma: Caramelized sugars with just a dollop of molasses and floral-citrus hops. Appearance: Brown color with reddish highlights; dark beige bubbles on the surface. Flavor: Caramelized malt and dark brown sugar; mild citrusy-floral bitterness in the middle; hints of roasty malts in the in middle followed by weak coffee candy, floral and earthy hops, and then some coffee grounds and a bit of yummy char. Palate: Average. Overall: Drinks a bit more like a mild American-style barleywine, but thatís okay... Itís still a GOOD beer! This beer has a unique flavor profile.
1 Pint, 5 Fluid Ounce gold-waxed bottle (10.14% alc/vol) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #94 for this beer.
dbarnold (1106) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mine was actually a 2012....Smooth and sweet but without much in the way of distinguishing flavors. Lots of carmel, sticky, not much in the way of hops. Finish is lingering. Good but nothing remarkable.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled at Kurtís Blarneywine tasting on 3/16/13. Clear copper in color with a thin beige head. Caramelly malt nose with some alcohol. Malt and caramel flavor with some chocolate before a dry finish.
davey101 (562) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 vintage into a Founders 15íth glass. Really digging the wax job with the stamp on top of the cap.
A - Pours a very dark brown body. Look more like a stout than a barleywine. Two fingers of light mocha foam sticks around for a long time. Excellent lacing and retention.
S - Now I know why its so dark. Lots of roasted malts, char, and chocolate combined with the traditional toffee, brown sugar, and raisins. A bit of faded piney hops and some booze
T - Toffee, heavily roasted malts, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, and a metallic aftertaste alongside light oxidation. Its pretty tasty but rather lackluster. The mouth feel is great though, rich and creamy.
O - A very roasty barleywine with a lot of good attributes but none that shine too bright. The metallic aftertaste takes its toll and oxidation is starting to creep in. Iím happy to have tried it but it wasnít exactly memorable.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the Blarney Wine tasting on 03/16/2013: Murky brown color with a medium beige head that dissipates quickly. Short strings of lace. Aroma of malt, grain and fruit. Full body with flavors of earthy malt, caramel and a touch of booze. The finish is slightly smoky with a malt and ripe fruit aftertaste. Decent overall.