JakeSparks (125) - Alvin, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
first had this in 03-04 i think, ages wonderfully. i like the sherry notes but haven’t found the newer vintages
Austinista (11) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
floral, herbs, citrus, barnyard, leaves, butterscotch, ginger, vanilla, woody, hay, caramel, cereal, banana, amber, orange, sparkling, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly sour, umami, light body, lively, bitter,
Strykzone (6633) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from HEB and opened at Larry’s. Coppery and hazy with a smallblotchy head. Aromas of big complex fruit and caramel. The flavors are those too but with a lot of harshness. A little sourness, too. Not a big fan of this one.
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 vintage. 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass and allowed to warm up a bit.
A - Pours a hazy dark red/orange body. Small one finger off white dissipates quickly into some thin edging. Solid lacing and retention.
S - Sweet caramel malt, dank hops, citrus, and raisins. The finish is a bit warming from the alcohol.
T - Similar to the nose with caramel malts and raisins followed by some dank and citric hops. Very much an American barleywine with the hops still clinging on with some light bitterness. Aftertaste is piney and grapefruit juice and slightly off putting.
M - Medium bodied and slightly syrupy. Carbonation is a bit too high. Alcohol isn’t very noticeable.
O - A solid example of the American Barleywine. I’m really just not subscribed to the idea that they are worth aging though. Thanks for the chance to try this gtermi!
Crispy34 (496) - Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from 2011. Aroma is of any good barley wine with a sharp sweetness towards the end, and some earthiness. Murky golden brown with good lacing. The taste starts kinda backwards as it turns from a rye taste into the barley wine flavor with sweetness coming in at the end. The palate is pretty smooth for a barley wine. Overall, this complex beer does not disappoint. I may not enjoy all of Real Ale’s beer, but they do know how to do a Barley Wine right.
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle. pours a lightly cloudy orange with almost no head. aroma is kind of difficult to pick up with maybe a hint of tartness. the flavor is fruity with a floral hop character and enough malt sweetness. kind of a cross to me between english and american BWs. not the super hoppy american style, but not intensely malty or buttery like some extreme english styles. it has the faintest note of tart and dust. the palate is superb for it’s young age. bottled 3/24/12, roughlyt 8 months ago. no boozy notes or harshness. its going down quick and bringing me a lot of joy in my boring houston hotel.
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - NOV 1, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011- thick & syrupy, fairly dry, seems to be a mineral aspect that I can’t quite place. Kind of a strange aftertaste.
ryanfolty (2382) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Same table that has been rocking my world. Decent barley wine nothing super special but good okay yeah this commentary sucks.
BVery (9503) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Darkness Day 2012. Hazy orange pour, clingy soapy white head. Very sticky sweet - caramel malt. Very nice.
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle
It has been long enough so I cracked this open when I had a chance to split it with others. Thick, syruppy, and sweet, this beer is the exemplar of a heavy dessert like barley wine. Even with four years on it the bottle was a warm gooey distraction.
Aroma / Appearance - The reddish opaque body has a bubbly aspect to it. Long spindly legs crawl down the sides like sheets of rain in a heavy downpour. Bright and malt driven, the sweet nose tickles the senses with the main aspect being watery caramel chews.
Flavor / Palate - Warm and sweet this is boozy from the get go. The bubbly transition tickles the back of the throat with alcoholic figs. This would be more apt as an entry in the Southern Tier series of diabetes beers (Mokah, Choklat, Pumking, etc).