Ibrew2or3 (6436) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival.
Pours hazy copper to gold with off white head. The aroma has a mild mix of pine hops and dark fruitiness to go along with milder notes of malts and alcohol chemical heat. The taste is bold and nearly harsh with pine hop resiny bitterness moving into modest levels of dark fruity esters. By midway it maintains mostly pine hop bitterness only tempered by mild malt sweetness. Nice American style barleywine.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Sweet malt aroma with some earthiness and very light hops. Sweet malt flavor with earth and light citrus hops. Medium bodied. Sweet malt lingers with some light mustiness and hops backing. Well balanced.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from 5000, huge thanks Andre. Clear dark amber color, very little head. Sweet friuty, malty aroma. Very swet flavor, in a good way though. Very easy to drink and very tasty.
Sammy (8022) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Trade with New Hampshire, one of the non-breakingbottles sent to NYC. 2007 edition. Pours medium amber with a bit of foam and minimal head. Good malty barley aroma, though sweet. Medium mouthfeel, nice barleywine not at peak and not young either. Quite drinkable. Bit sugary sweet aftertaste.
jwatkins56550 (17) - USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from a trade at Brawley’s Beverage in Charlotte NC, served in a Duvel Glass. Thanks Mike! Usually not big on barley wines, I find this one to be wonderful. Most of the ones I’ve had tend to be too big, and cloyingly sweet. Although similar to a west coast amber ale, this barely wine is tasty. It is very well balanced an hides the 9.8% alcohol well. Finishes dry with a good bit of residual sweetness but not cloying. No hop bite, smooth, and refreshing. Dangerously drinkable in colder weather, especially for a barely wine.
lb4lb (2171) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle in trade courtesy of joepais (pastor). Thanks Joe!!
Pours semi rich amber with a light beige head. Smell is semi hoppy but balanced with nicel lightly sweet maltiness. Taste is fruity, bright and lightly sweet red fruits and a touch of balancing hops and some tea flavors as well. Bit drying, and medium bodied. Overall I thought it wasn’t bad, but didn’t blow me away.
hopdog (8444) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle shared courtesy of Josh. Poured a medium and clear amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of citrus (oranges), nutty, dark fruits, and caramel. Tastes started out tinny then caramel, dark fruits, oranges, and citrus. Light alcohol in the finish, but overall well hidden.
TomDecapolis (4384) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - SEP 25, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Josh for sharing this. Pours a mostly translucent amber with golden notes and a smaller bubbly white head. Aroma was cheesey, dark fruits, caramel, pine, lightly floral, ligh alcohol and Asprin. Flavor of sweet maltiness, dark fruits, toffee, citrus, hops and caramel.
egajdzis (5152) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a clear, red amber color with a small, off white head that left no lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, and caramel malts. Taste of citrus fruits, cherry candy, caramel, with a bit of a tinny, alcoholic finish.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - SEP 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2010 (Bottle from Gary’s Beverage, cellared for 8 mos. after purchase) This is a decent barleywine...Pours dark amber with a small biege head that recedes to the edges. Aroma of candyish malt, some pine and light vanilla. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, a touch pebbly, a bit sticky, about the normal amount of heft for the style. Light patchy lacing. Flavor of medium-rich candyish malt and light vanilla overlain by medium piney bitterness. Bitterness builds a bit towards finish and provides a bit of a bite at the end. Lightly hot and a nice bit of alcohol warmth. Could stand to be a bit richer but no big flaws. Not the biggest or richest barleywine you’ll find but kind of holds its own. UPDATE 12/3/10: Wow, this aged well (based on about 3 years of cellaring). Big malty flavor, a little smoky with a very mellow, rich, warming character although not nearly as complex as a really good b-wine. Subtle notes of chocolate and toffee and any hotness has really toned down. Current rating is an average of the two bottles.