BeerSquare (116) - - DEC 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Iím a little conflicted about this one, because of its unusual appearance and palate, but man is it a very tasty barleywine!
So the issue is this is truly way out there on the barleywine end of the spectrum. . . to the point that itís nearly flat, in terms of carbonation. Traditional, but I prefer a little more bubble (outside the cask).
Nose is unremarkable, but the color gives you a hint something is unusual here, as itís not just the usual carmely hue, but a bit of a blazing (bloody?) red to it.
But man that flavor. So cool to get the unicorn hop vibe, along with all of its raging bitter profile, wrapped around a syrupy, roasty barleywine.
Tastey tastey stuff. . . might make you wince a bit when you first taste, but as the flavors play out of the next couple minutes, going all the way from blazing lemony bitters to rich sweet leathery carmel. . . sigh. . .
Atom (1338) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber pours a murky brown with a small khaki head. Aroma of caramel and toffee. Creamy chewy texture, heavy caramel and toffee flavors, alcohol and some lingering hop bitterness on the finish. Yep, that a barley wine thatís been on the shelf awhile, not bad as far as those go
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle sampled at a friends house. From notes. Caramel, toffee, dark fruits and citrus. Very good.
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
5th April 2014
Almost opaque dark red - brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is mildly crisp, minerals. Rich toffee malt with a dark toffee streak. Light malt cream. Salty hops, pine and spice and a touch of ripe orange. Whispers of marmalade and red berry fruits. Finishes light with a carbonated bite. Very nice US style barleywine.
hopscotch (9113) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Hazy burnt-orange pour with a small, creamy, white head. Fruity, malty-sweet aroma. Full-bodied with busy carbonation. The fruity flavor offers marmalade and fruitcake intertwined with caramel, berries and tropical fruits. Finishes with a kiss of light, rindy bitterness. Bottle courtesy of BBB63!
cbfobes (2289) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a murky dark amber brown with a thin light brown head and spotty lacing in the glass, aroma has a slight hop touch and has a good kick of dark fruit and sweetness, the flavor has a sweet front end with some caramel and a little bit of dark fruit in the finish, the abv is pretty well hidden, kind of a slick mouthfeel and comes across a tad bit light. Interesting, just didnít blow me away.
camborne (655) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn good. Nice hops are balanced out with some ripe red fruit esters. Alcohol content is hidden really well.
Tortman18 (187) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark mahogany with a finger and a half of creamy mocha head that lingers for a whole. Has a very sticky lacing. Nose is very fruity and malty. A lot of plum, cherry, and grape, with a slight presence of citrusy grapefruit. A slight roastiness and caramel stickiness. The mouth is defniltty not what i was expecting. Roasted malts and grain are strong up front with a balanced dark fruit sweetness, mainly plum and cherry. A decent amount of bitterness is present. The alcohol is very subtle. Excellent beer.
madvike (2696) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Pours hazy amber with a thin tan head. Nose is grassy hops, real dark bread, dry and bitter. Taste is the same, with caramel, dry, with muted grassy hops. Thick, with mellow carbonation.
Ryborne (53) - - JAN 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very smooth with barley, citrus and wine overtones for a 10abv beer. Fresh and a little thick. Reddish Amber hue and a medium caramel head. Really tasty.
italianjohn (2314) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber pour with a khaki bubbly/soapy head .. aroma of caramel chewy malts, roasted malts with some bitter earthy hops, light citrus and dark fruits ..... taste is of dark fruits, chewy caramel malts, citrusy and earthy hops .... finishes dry and malty decent barleywine