Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at NECI Commons. Mild roasted malt aroma. Not big on nose - just a bit of bitter hops with some bittersweet chocolate and mild smoke. Dark red-brown clear with thin off-white lacing head. Medium light bodied with heavy carbonation. Carbonic tongue burn. Starts dry with toasted malts. Light level of acidity throughout. Very disconnected. Notes of rye and horsey grains, burlap. Bitter finish and nutty grainy bitter after. Not a great one, though it went better with my lunch than by itself.
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bronze, but not quite opaque, with a ring of lace that hung on well. First off, a wall of sweet malt hit my nostrils, but I was able to detect grape and/or prune, and with just enough hooch to give it a winey character. Not like Madeira or port, maybe more like icewine.
The malt is there on my tongue, but itís thin, and there doesnít seem to be enough alcohol or bitterness for the style. This apparent shortfall does however give it extra drinkability points from me, I tend to get an overdose of sugar and booze from big Barleywines, but not so with this one, I easily could have downed an extra pint.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 18, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
What makes this a Barley Wine exactly? Consumed while on a trip to the Northeast Kingdom of VT. Closer to a poorly made Scotch Ale than a Barleywine. Served ice cold ??? had a decent head ??? very watery and taseless.
Suttree (5767) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2005 So, Iím hosting a beer tasting, and one of the tasters was new to the craft beer scene. I saved this "barley wine" for last, hoping to blow her mind with all the big, complex over the top flavors associated with the style. Well guess what - there arnít any in this beer. It would be a halfway decent pale ale - but it was over carbonated, under hopped, and it made me look foolish. I do not like you, Rock Art Ridge Runner Ale.
ClarkVV (4841) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle compliments of Bucknaked. Good dark brown appearance, cola-like with even the fizzy bubbles. Small fading light beige head. There is some sediment at the bottom of the bottle, Iíll be damned. Aroma gives off characteristics of an English barleywine. Youíve got the rich toffee, dry caramel, with a touch of raisins and brown sugar. No hops detectable either. Flavor begins brilliantly of sweet toffee and lightly sweet caramel malts, with a lightly dry roasted barley flavor coming in strong as well. It ends with a lightly sweet raisin and brown sugar note. Taste is almost exactly like the aroma. Somehow a bit of spiciness creeps in, but I dont think itís from the hops, as there is nearly no bitterness in this one. No alcohol notes apparent, no yeast apparency unfortunately, would have liked to see some of that. Regardless, itís got a great English barleywine flavor, but the problem is the body. Quite thin and fizzy, with a strange mineralesque flavor, almost like there is silt or chalk in there creating a dull sensation on the palate. The carbonation is horrible, itís like soda water carbonation. Flavor does get a bit boring towards the end as well. Could the problems with the body/flavor be the water they are using? I donít know, but this one is well-founded, just needs a good deal of work.
JdoubleyouS (82) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brought back fresh from the brewery to good olí Erie. Not an especially great beer. Lacking flavor, not alcohol though.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Calling this a barleywine is the same thing as calling an extra pale ale a double ipa. Thereís just not much malty complexity or hoppy flavors here at all. Bland almost to the point of tasting like a macro lager or Sam Adams Boston Ale. Too many off-flavors here as well. I didnít bother taking detailed notes on this one as it was just not worth the effort.
ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2004
2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Reddish brown that looks purdy, with a maltyhop aroma. Then the taste...*ptooey!* Wicked watery without much in the flavor department.
egajdzis (5782) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled on 06/04... Poured a dark crimson with a white bubbly head and light lacing. Musty fruitiness, apples and sweet malts in the aroma. Roasty, sweet malts, nuts, fruits, and a little pepper in the taste. The heartburn reminded me there was a little alcohol here, but not much. This was not a very complex barleywine.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light caramel malt aroma. Dark amber-brown with two finger tan head that recedes to a fine cover. Bitter sweet chocolate with light roastiness. Tangy raisin towards the finish. Some cardboard-like oxidation noticeable. Body is a bit light for style. Mouthfeel fairly simple. Overall, itís really a bit plain but not bad. Bottle.