sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, - AUG 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Single 12oz bottle, consumed in August 08, purchased back in April 08 - I think it was from Charles Street Liquors in Boston. They are known to have some pretty old stock sometimes, and this one is difficult to place. The side label has a notch beside March, but no year listed. So with that out of the way, what do we have here. We have a very dark brown pour with little head. Pretty nice aroma - a little sweet, and I’m oddly getting some coffee notes. First taste follows the nose - and it’s pretty good. A bit of sweetness, but certainly not too sweet as I find some barleywines. And there’s certainly a lot of roasty coffee flavours here. I’m no barleywine expert, but I wasn’t expecting that from the style. This is more along the lines of a stout, in my opinion. Which is just fine for me, since there are a lot of barleywines that are not to my liking. Not what I was expecting, but pretty good.
pushkinwow (1618) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle via John. Dark, semi-ruby amber with a light beige head that fades to nothing. Slightly stale and wet hops, stale caramel, pear, light alcohol, thin and light carbonation, off malty finish. Did not enjoy this one - not well balanced and the maltiness is not pleasant.
Beergeek23322 (1738) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
10/10/2013. On tap. Copper color with a tan head. Aromas of sweet malt, dried fruit, caramel. A little mild for a barley wine, yet the alcohol never shows through. Not bad.
mvp (133) - Harper Woods, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Smells more malty than hoppy. Donít care for how it looks also. Taste caramel and somewhat chocolately. Flavor isnít impressive at all. A creamy texture is its only redeming value. Avoid this one and choose a different Barley wine.
warhawk91 (155) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 0z. bottle. Pours dark brown, filtered. Head is surprisingly light for such a dark malt, lacing and head retention are average but ok when you consider the 7.5% ABV. Sell is musty hops, some dark fruit (plum perhaps?) citrus and yeast. taste is bitter malt with a bit of sweetness followed by increasing bittering hops, maybe a bit of raisin in there. This is a very drinkable beer, but when I rate this based on the style, something is way off. Not enough alcohol or malt complexity to be a barley wine. Too low in ABV to age it, which is one of the best characteristics of a barley wine. Not a bad beer, just think they should call it something different.
BeerandBlues2 (8576) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear tawny to brown with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is cookie, caramel, and nutty malt, peach and pear fruity esters with spicy hops. Flavor is malt and hop balanced, medium bitterness, alcohol spiciness, and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
johnnnniee (1845) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a medium reddish copper color with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to a ring on top. Smells of caramel toffee and light bready grainy malt. Light sulfur and a hint of earth with a light butterscotch round out the nose. The flavor is biscuity bready grainy maltiness with bits of toffee and butterscotch. Light earthy hops flavor with a bit of sulfur provides a counter the the malty sweetness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice enough barleywine, the bready maltiness is nice but the toffee butterscotch is a bit too much on my palette.
closey22 (577) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red/orange amber with thin head riming the glass; great aroma of malty sweet caramelishness and touch of hop spicnessishness; feels rich and foamy yet crisp; flava is a tease between hops grain/barley and fruity/sugary sweetness.
this is what I love about this style- when done right, it has the full spectrum of beer characteristics malty & hoppy; rich yet crisp; sweet yet dry; easy to drink yet strong. Rock Art, you nailed it!
MadRobin (1439) - Silver Spring, USA - FEB 7, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle in Stowe, VT.
Clear amber-orange red with thin khaki head and sparse lacing.
Aroma of caramel, bread, lightly roasted malt, toffee and musty floral hops.
Taste of bread, caramel, musty floral hops and brown sugar. Slightly astringent. The musty hops leave an unpleasant flavor in my mouth for several minutes.
Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
This beer does not work for me. The sweet malts and the musty hops do not play well together and neither is pleasant on its own. Not an enjoyable beer. Downs the drain it goes.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Iphonephan (2269) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12 bottle shared at home. Vintage 2005. Pours smoky sour dark cherries in the nose. Surprisingly thin textured, with some chocolate and toffee notes. So, so. Maybe better fresh?
mnoud (231) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
2013.01.03 - Rock Art Ridge Runner - 12oz bottle from Woodstock VT store in goblet. Pours deep amber or caramel in color. Little to no head, but slightly vigorous ring of bubbles around edge hangs out for a bit. Aroma straight out of the cold bottle is a big of the starchy aroma you get from things like Old Stock Ale, mixed with a bit of sweetness. Taste is all on the back end to me. First touch is kind of watered down, followed basically by dilute bitterness. Taste does not follow nose much at all. As others noted, a decent barley wine bug not a great one. For the price ($1.65 for 12oz bottle) not bad but... meh. If you want a lower-alcohol barley wine (why?) that is inexpensive, give it a shot. Not a likely repeat purchase.