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.
oteyj (2130) - 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...
Ughsmash (7124) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler! Poured a rich shade of dark brown with a moderate cap of beige head. The aroma picked up warm, aged caramel, molasses, and a touch of dark fruit with alcohol undertones and leafy hoppage.. very good stuff! The flavor found well-caramelized biscuit and molasses malts with lesser caramel and fruit.. dry, earthy spices and brown sugar around.. alcohol warmed it up, but nowhere near the supposed 11.5%! Heavier-bodied and very malty overall on the palate.. balance was spot-on, and this is one that’ll sneak up on you.
1FastSTi (3334) - 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.
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.
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours brown with a mere film of white swirls.
Aroma: Spiced pear and burnt sugar..
Taste: Brown sugar, caramelized fruit and booze..
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very coating..
Overall: Nice, bold and balanced. I was very impressed with my first Portsmouth beer.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours mahogany with crimson hues and a half inch head of off-white. The humble layer of suds retreated quickly leaving barely a trace on the surface and zero lacework.
Aromatics are malty, figgy, and caramel stuffed.
Tropical fruit lay underneath a massive malt presence, and layers of toffee, wet leather, and nougat rise up as it warms.
Very much in the English vein in the nose.
Creamy, sticky and chewy mouthfeel. Substantial.
Raisins, plump malt, chewy caramel, toffee and alcohol lead off the pallet.
The throat warms as residuals and a firm bitterness linger and ripe fruit pulls through.
Finishes with a blend of resinous pine, boozy alcohol, and leathery malt.
This bottle at cellar temperature is superior to the draught version served fresh and cold.
Not even close to peaking.
zathrus13 (1715) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks Nelson. Pours hazy copper/brown, with aa off white head. Aropma is caramel, fruit, and malt. Flavor is toffee, caramel, malt, alcohol, raisins, and a bit of hops. Nice creamy, medium to heavy body. This one is a wonderful surprise.
craftycarl21 (2220) - Washington, Washington DC, 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.
MrsUghsmash (24) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler. Pours cherry/burgundy. I’m sick so I can’t smell much on it. Tastes rich, but extremely smooth. Would never know that it has as much alcohol as listed. A little bit sour at the end. Good molasses taste to it. Extremely tasty.