BOSSbrewer (2685) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this at their place in Chicago. All the beer unless noted otherwise were good to very good. Unfortunately this was rated with another program and I can't import my comments.
TheEnemy (562) - 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.
drowland (6770) - Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/11/12. GTMW. Rich amber pour with a solid khaki head. Rich aroma of sweet and dark fruits with some berries, and plenty of brown sugar, molasses, and malt character. Rich flavor as well with plenty of dark fruits, brown sugar, sweetness, berries, and more. I dig it!
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Brewpub. Pours a deep copper amber with an ivory head. Aroma of ale esters, raisens, and alcohol. Soft carbonation and syrupy texture. Flavor of caramel, brown sugar, wet grains, and brandy. Lot’s of residual sweetness, and bitterness level is more on the moderate side, British style. I think 5oz was the perfect size for this, as this was just a little too sweet for my tastes.
deyholla (8028) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Poured a clear reddish amber with a tan head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was surprisingly fruit forward with sweet grains and a bit of alcohol. Flavor was surprisingly fruit forward as well with some red fruits joined by a strong sweet grain and biscuit backbone making for an interesting take on a barley wine.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub - December 27, 2010.
Pours a reddish-garnet brown color with a single-finger white head. Pretty good for the style. Low retention time but fades into a nice collar. The nose is really quite nice with a good amount of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. Really quite sweet in the flavor with some noticeable hops, though not too far over the top. Mouthfeel is nice with a creamy body and nice carbonation. Mild booze throughout. Drinks well. A full snifter of this might be a bit much, but I enjoyed the half glass that I had.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-04-2011
dinkle50 (1134) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish pour with a caramel aroma. Smooth mouth. Taste is very sweet. Caramal & toffee. Delicious.
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.
ccex (1061) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at brewery today. Pours a clear brownish amber with fair khaki head. Aroma is full of dried fruit, molasses, caramel and brown sugar with alcohol definitely present. Taste is sweet. Body is medium to full, with a creamy mouthfeel and some hops coming out in the finish. An interesting take on a barleywine.
Dogbrick (9357) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub. This brew is a clear reddish-bronze color with a medium white head that dissipates slowly. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of fruit and caramel malt. Full-bodied with flavors of grainy malt, resiny hops and fruit. The finish is malty up front with a piney hops aftertaste. Decent overall.