wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from argo0, thanks. Full beige head, dark ruby red, clear. Aroma is caramel, nuts, raisin. Flavor is full malty and interesting. Tiny bit of chocolate, hops, pine, grassy alcohol aftertaste. Overall, nice malty flavor, I would like a little better hop characteristic, but I appreciate the attempt from my hometown brewery.
GTAEgeek (1536) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, shared by Hamp at Ale Alpharetta. Cloudy, ruby brown color, with a small, tan head. The nose is toffee, burnt oak, syrup, and chicory. Sweet and malty, with a roasted bitterness in the finish. Heavy body, syrupy, chalky, and a little harsh. This is a pretty nice beer, but the flavor has some off character, and the mouthfeel is a littel unpleasant. Lots of potential in the aroma, but doesn’t quite pull it off.
Cybercat (4169) - Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours nearly opaque sable - a little daylight gets through at the top - with a thin light tan head. Aroma has earthy, roast malt and licorice notes. Flavor tosses some woody hops into the mix, adding a little bitterness. Texture has good body of not a lot of fizz. Walk he Irish walk! (Insert inevitable joke about how the Irish drink here.)
zoucrew102 (947) - - APR 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, 2013 vintage, thanks Russ! Boozy dark fruit aroma with caramel and hops in the background. Pours dark caramel brown with a thin tan head and very little lacing. Starts with sweet dark fruit including raisin as well as quite a bit of sweet caramel. Finishes smooth but slightly dry with some hops joining the party with a nice alcohol burn at the end. Excellent barleywine!
Art (2413) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark brown pour. Off white head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruits, vanilla. Sweet taste with a medium thick mouthfeel. Almost liquid candy.
djd07 (6461) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle during RBWG. Pours amber with small beige head. The aroma is caramel and floral. Medium mouth with earthy malts, caramel, candy sugar, sweetness throughout, very good.
mixmasterob (983) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014. Dark brown pour with a small frothy brown head. Looked like a stout/porter. Wonderfully inviting aroma full of rich dark fruits, booze soaked raisins and figs, touch of herbal hops. Real nice and subtle. Flavors were balanced to a T. Lots of caramel, dark fruit, tons of raisin, prune, earthy hop finish, bittersweet. Mouthfeel was medium to full with moderate carbonation. Balance was the big takeaway from this one. Rich and malty with a perfect hop bitterness. Top notch stuff.
tillmac62 (476) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 release. Pours a dark brown, just like a porter. Normal head volume and retention, excellent lacing. Dark fruit nose of plums, raisins and dates over a light note of alcohol. As it warms, molasses is evident along with a caramel note.. Light full body with a nice creamy texture. Slightly below normal carbonation, with a bit of effervescence in the finish, buttresses the body/texture. The flavor profile is intense, very complex and reasonably balanced. It begins with a burst of blended dark fruits that flow into a molasses sweetness. In the middle, the molasses fades into a caramel note that is rather sweet and covers the alcohol that lurks underneath. While reasonably covered, the alcohol still exhibits a slight astringency in the middle. In the finish, alcohol dominates and leaves that nice burn at the back of the throat. As it all fades away, it is a bit dry and prune notes are detected. I’m not a big barley wine fan, but this one hits the outstanding mark.
drowland (7103) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1/6/15. 22oz bottle. Deep amber red brown pour with a nice tan head and mild lacing. Looks good! Rich aroma, some booziness popping through, caramel, figs, blueberry and grapes, and something that reminds me of cinnamon in a way. Sweeter flavor at first, blueberry and grapes, toasted caramel, bitterness, cinnamon again. Not bad!
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with Butler. Thanks Chris! Pours brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is really sweet. Lots of dark fruits. Lots of malt sweetness. Flavor follows and is really really sweet. Balanced bitterness. Huge beer. Good beer.
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MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Burnt sugar and strawberry purée lead to light bitterness and caramel in this flavorful but rough Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the dark mahogany haze.
-Alcohol is well hidden throughout.
-The flavor profile is very fruity, which increases drinkability in this otherwise very sweet concoction.
-The soft carbonation makes the body feel heavier that it should be.
On tap at the Olde Hickory Station.