pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2010 5oz sampler at revbrew... Pours a reddish caramel, for the most part transparent albeit dark, with a thin light beige head... Aroma of dark fruits, strawberry like, and an abundance of sticky malts with some toffee tones underneat ... Flavors are sticky sweet with a presence of dark fruit and berries. Big, sweet, and malt forward and doesn’t hold a trmendous amount if balance for me. Sticky somewhat cloying body with medium carbonation. Tends to have more of a sweeter cough medicine consistency that I don’t seem to agree with.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a mostly clear, deep ruby-amber colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, tannish head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is sweeter dark fruits and strawberries with a light spicing. Almost candyish toffees and caramel with a faint earthy hop and a hint of leafy tobacco. Flavor is quite sweet. Lots of dark fruits with more strawberries and candy sticking out. The sweetness is quickly balanced with a distinct green, leafy and earthy hopping. Some faint mix of spices with a touch of tobacco before a light alcohol slowly grows into the finish, but not so much that it distracts. The alcohol mainly just reminds you that its there. Finishes with a nice mix of sweet, candyish, dark fruity malts and a blend of spicy, green hops. Slowly dries with an increasing, moderate bitterness and a touch of residual sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full, somewhat sticky body and a soft, light carbonation. Overall, a decent barleywine. Fairly sweet, but enough of a spice hop presence to balance. The alcohol is distinct, but plays a nice warming role and never gets too boozy. Not bad.
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub.
Revolution number 33 for me, keeping me at 100%. La-di-friggin’-da. Pours a deep ruby red with thin head that provides a bit of lacing here and there. Aroma is rich with dark fruits, leafy and slightly spicy hops, and malty-sweet goodness. Bountiful flavors are slightly muted (for a barleywine anyway) but show lots of plum and raisin, some tobacco leaf, some meadowy and mildly spicy hops almost reminiscent pumpkin pie spice, and abundant sweet malt. Warm, soothing alcohol gradually creeps up. Palate is thick, a little cloying, slightly tingly, with rich dark-fruit aftertaste. While the commercial description may beg to differ, this strikes me as being more of an English interpretation, certainly compared to the many less sweet and more highly hopped American versions I’ve tried. And in my book, that’s a good thing.