Dorwart (2386) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent head for a barleywine of varying sized bubbles that surprisingly does not last all that long. Sweet caramel aroma with lots of malts, brown sugar, ethanol and a bit of smoke. Color is a nice crimson orange. Flavor is loaded with sweet malts, caramel, a bit of spicyness and some peat. A very earthy barlewine. Pretty noticable alcohol kick and presence. Lingering smoked malts and caramel at the finish. Super smooth going down. I like this barleywine a lot.
CampesinoTino (781) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Light reddish brown in appearance with a half-inch of foamy head. Lots of caramelized sugar and malt aromas as well as brown sugar and rum. The flavor starts with a heavy dose of caramel and toasted malt followed by molasses, candied figs, resiny hops and alcohol. The mouthfeel is a little syrupy with medium carbonation and a sweet, boozy finish. Overall, I would say it’s a solid Barley Wine with a fairly smooth blend of dark sugar and malt flavors. It’s good to see Redhook finally venture into the land of strong beers.
thornecb (4530) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Amesbury Ale House. Pours deep amber into a shaker. Off-white head recedes to hug rim. Orange citrus aromas. Well balanced with fruity citrus and dark caramel. Lasting toffee and hop finish. ABV very well hidden.
BelgianBeerGal (3240) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle from Vegas. Pours a clear, copper-bronze color with a medium khaki head and foamy, sticky lacing. Big, sweet aroma with some caramel and hops with maybe some cherry? Pretty classic barley wine flavor but maybe a little thin. The bitterness is strong and leaves a little tingle to your lips. Okay
AirForceHops (3508) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap @ Red Hook brew pub. Pours a dark copper red color with a decent amount of head with large bubbles. The taste is bright and fruity at first sort of like a tart pear, or apple. Would not have guessed the alcohol content was so high, yet it does have a slight warming finish.I drank the 2010 yet would love to try some of the aged bottles. I don’t know a lot about this style of beer. I’m getting ready to try a few more to get an idea of what it’s all about.
mcc5468 (121) - USA - OCT 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours a deep dark amber. Slight head. Aroma is slightly spicy. Taste is smooth. A slightly caramel and maybe banana taste but definitely some kind of fruit-hop taste in there. Alcohol is well hidden. A lot going on but very smooth. A nice beer.
madvike (2843) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Clear brown pour with a small white head. Really sweet with a decent amount of sharp alcohol. Pretty sweet taste, too. Caramel, with some sharp alcohol on the finish. Malty, but really not that much flavor. Just not sure what this one was trying to achieve.
Christian (11274) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber with a lasting off-white head. Heavy malt aroma with citrus hops, white sherry, alcohol. Sweet malty flavour with warm alcohol and citrus hops
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Year-old bottle: Pours a clear orange with a small off-white head, huge aroma with brown sugar and citrus, heavy body, starts lightly sweet and ends bitter. I drank a bottle when it first came out, but it wasn’t anywhere as good as an aged bottle.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle from 09/09. Pours clear deep amber with a thick foamy off white head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, pine resin and alcohol. There is a fair amount of caramel malt sweetness but the hop bitterness slightly dominates the flavor, there is also a light oaky alcohol flavor. Medium to full body with a mellow carbonation and a syrupy mouth feel. Pretty good Barley Wine, good to see Redhook trying some new, big beers.