smith4498 (3285) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear copper color with tan head. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar and earthy hops. Sweet caramel and brown sugar flavors with mild bitterness. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at brewer. Pours a cloudy red/brown with a medium beige head. Scent is fruit, molasses, and brown sugar. Taste is molasses, fruit , brown sugar, and malts. Strong and sweet.
chinchill (3234) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz serving at the brewery. This is a fine barleywine that feels and tastes like it has a bit of aging. Not much head to cover the clear copper body. High ABV fairly well hidden.
NachlamSie (3026) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
draught. Hellbender is a rich ruby color with a thick white head. I wasn’t really expecting the fullness of the hops. They were quite nice and foresty over the rich caramel and berry notes. Nicely aromatic brew. There’s a great balance of pine, citrus, caramel, juicy berries, a bit of wood and barley all of which culminates to finish dry and slightly puckering. Very nice!
OldGrowth (2987) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, from brewery. Good aroma, sweet. malty, chocolate, caramel, fruity, orange, fig/date, little berry, little orange, little leather, little candied sugar. Clean dark orange color, Big Head, good lace. Bittersweet flavor, doesn’t have quite as much as aroma. caramel, candied sugar, berries stand out to me, Medium body, oily creamy mouth feel, bitter dry finish. Good brew, was still a little on the hot side with the ABV and could of sat a while longer, IMO. Aroma, was good for a lot of little nuances as it warmed.
jrob21 (2972) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle back from Bruisin’ Ales. Murky reddish brown color with a decent fizzy tan head that lasts for a while. Smooth, malty bw that is not hopped up but still tasty. Raisin and molasses aromas with a bit of caramel and floral hops in there to balance. Well carbonated, medium bodied beer. Finish is a little bitter and alcoholic. Before that though you get some plum and raisin flavors. Would expect a little more body and malt backing from a bw but this one is pretty good and relatively easy to drink.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle from trade with TURDFERGUSON. Poured a murky dark brown, with a tan head. Big rich maltiness, very aromatic. Slight harshness in the front, very bubbly. Nice overall, glad to get my hands on a bottle.
dchmela (2854) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to MGumby10 for this one. Chunky brown caramel pour with a thin white head. Lots of caramel and brown sugar aroma. Big bold caramel malt, spicy hops. Slightly hot finish, but very tasty.
jcnielsen (2738) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Pisgah. Pours a dark brown color with white head. Malty, caramel, malty sweet flavors. A little above average barley wine.
Shag (2718) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured an amber color with a large bubbly white head. The aroma contains some alcohol, bread, lemons, and brown sugar. The flavor has a sour presence but is mostly sweet with some brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel, and a hint of citrus. Overall a nice barleywine.