1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler kindly shared by Jason! The beer pours to a deep mahogany body with a creamy khaki head. The aroma is sweet barley sugar and light tobacco. Some grassy hops and molasses. The flavor is fantastic. Very, very easy to drink. Deep malt flavors and sweet barley. Tobacco and a light molasses. Rich but finishes clean. 11+%? seems more like 4.5%. :) The beer may be the most session-able high ABV one I’ve ever had.
suprchunk (2949) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Garnet colored pour with a brownish tint. Small khaki head that last for a bit. A little lacing. Malty, bread, cereal aroma. A slight fruitiness. Very fruity front with some big malt notes. A bit of an alcohol burn. Slight bitterness. Very quaffable and not as big of an alcohol presence as one would imagine. Nice.
ilovedarkbeer (2703) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours a dark tawny color. Notes of burnt hard caramel candies, and flowers. Medium sweet mouthfeel and decent finish.
dnstone (2632) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy ambery color with slight off-white head. Sweet, malty aroma. Fairly sweet...a great, well-balanced barleywine.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Exceptionally dark ruby pour with a very nice beige head. Aroma holds plum, peach, orange, caramel, some grape and vinous notes, and some grapefruit hop character. Flavor is packed with citrus hop, caramel, spruce, molasses, a nice piney bitterness, and an excellent combination of sweetness and alcohol burn; classic barleywine. Very good representation of the American style of barleywines. Great brew.
rejtable (2302) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice beer! Pours brown with little head and no lacing. Nose is toffee and plums. Notes os toffee maybe some molasses, dark fruit like figs, and maybe a trace of leather. Taste is heavy sweet and light bitter. Alcohol is well hidden. Full body with lively carbonation. Maybe poured a bit too cold at brewpub.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap- 10.5% on this years batch. Black pour with garnet hues and a robust beige froth that lingers nicely. Aroma is caramel and toffee with some aromatic pine and citrus. Flavor is very sweet. Caramel, toffee, and bread with sweet citrus hop balance prevail, while the malt complexities remain robust. Palate is rich, thick, full and creamy with a chewy mouthfeel and a sticky finish. I was quite surprised with the quality of this one- got a growler to follow up... ***Growler Re-Rate*** Yeah this pairs a lot better with nothing than an arugula salad. Served a bit too chilled at the brewery- 10 degrees of warmth has done wonders to this brew. Pours super dark- almost stout-like with reddish tints around the edges and a half finger frothy head that lingers nicely for the style. Aroma is molasses, grassy pine, citrus, and candi sugar with mild hints of roasted barley. Dark fruit notes really come out as she warms- as do the further complexities of the dark sugar bouquet. Flavor is bursting with all sorts of malt components- caramel, brown sugar, toffee, confectionery sugar, and candi sugar round out the arrangement. Hop character is surprisingly subdued for 100 ibus- must be the outlandish sugar quantity. Hop character is still present and welcomed with notes of mandarin and spruce prevailing. Palate is super rich, full, velvety, caressing, and sticky. My favorite example of an American style barleywine. Time to take this snifter to the fireplace...
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber-mahogany body and nice rocky medium-sized off-white head. Great earthy, nutty nose. Full-flavored, complex and rich. Nice lacing and wonderful balanced finish.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Dark reddish mahogany with a nice beige head. Sweet nose and flavor, sweet malt, fig, raisin and earth. Alcohol is very well hidden. Easily one of the most drinkable barleywines I have had. Well done!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber courtesy of MrRetardedMonkey poured into a snifter.
Pours a deep reddish brown that shows a clear copper when held up to the light. There is a small short-lived off-white head that stays on as a swirl of bubbles and a collar.
The aroma is very sweet, like caramel apples, and definitely more fruity than most barleywine aromas. There is plenty of dark sugar sweetness as well, with only a hint of hops.
There is more of a citrus presence in the taste, especially up front. The taste also has more of the toffee sweetness I was expecting in the nose on top of the caramel malt base with lots of apples and raisins in the there as well. The alcohol is not hiding much in the finish and leaves a noticeable burn going down.
The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium-bodied and has some soft carbonation that helps the sweetness stick on the palate between sips.
This is a great barleywine and, despite the alcohol presence, is still very drinkable. The fruitiness makes it a bit original and I thoroughly enjoyed it.