Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Plainfield Hardware. Dark deep maroon, huge tan head, good retention for a barley wine, delicate lacing. Overall, a beautiful beer. Aroma of boozy caramel, pine sap and wood. Taste is butterscotch candy dipped in whiskey, with a biter pine finish. Nice.
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite kinds of barleywines are those with exceptional hopping and this certainly qualifies. Lots of vanilla, dark fruit and brown sugar breadiness, but with great bitterness.
pinkie (457) - New York, USA - JUN 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours the color of dark brown sugar with a deep ruby hue. Good clarity and a fat tan head of foam from a vigorous pour that fell quickly. Nose is lovely. A light bit of crusty bread, some sweet caramel and a smidgen of toffee. A hop floral and fruitiness that starts with a tropical note and subsides into an earthy citrusy note. Dark fruit. Taste is layers of rich and intense malt. it seems to unfold broadly yet stay very friendly to the palate. The caramel is soft and simple, the toffee is light over that. The bread crust makes it homey. The fruit is vibrant and at times with the hop floral itís very fresh with some pine as well. The citrus seems to peek out every now and then with a bit of earthiness. Itís strong and has a bit of peppery alcohol to finish it with a lingering hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is silken and not the least bit heavy but it is full and soft. There are even some tea like qualities that develop as it warms. The alcohol is a bit of warmth and a touch of flavor on the very back end.
I really liked it. Layers of malt flavors accented by some dynamic hops. This one is dramatic but in way thatís a bit slow. it unfolds and you realize it as it does. Then you think on it a bit and it makes you smile because itís forceful and it doesnít seem so.
TheHopster (784) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bomber bottle) A gift from my neighbor Jim from Vermont ski trip this past winter. Pours a brown deep amber complexion with white head and glass lacing. Earthy aroma includes hops and some alcohol. Not as bitingly hoppy as described with 100 IBU. Balanced and mellowed with malt character. Flavor is less distinctive but full and earthy. Seems a hybrid of DIPA and Barleywine.
mathieuc (1143) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is dark than what I expected, almost brown. It is topped by an offwhite rim that leaves some lacing. You can summon a bigger head by swirling the glass but it doesnít stay for long. Note is a little fruity, a little earthy and overall not really refined. Some aroma I associate with grain husks or straw. Taste is sweet and bitter, not cloying or harsh but still a little brash. Alcohol isnít burning but it is really noticeable. Body was medium, carbonation too. I didnít expect much and I didnít get much, itís kind of a mess in fact.
czar (4110) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle shared by mathieuc, thanks bro. pours hazy light brown-reddish with a small creamy light beige head, good retention and nice lacing. caramel and nutty sweet malts, slightly garbagy, minty and resinous, earthy and piney, acrid fruitiness, fairly sweet and linear - brown sugar. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily and sticky, harsh grassy-spicy-earthy-piney finish. blah.
Bebum (272) - - JAN 17, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown, abundant lacing.
Full body, little flavor, fairly long on palate.
Dryish, mild bitterness, more evident in the finish.
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troupos40 (67) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of vanilla and bourbon. Thin white head, very tasty beer, 10% is hidden well. Nice overall
harrymel (1477) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blind #11 - bomber
I think this rounds out the beer for me - canít find #12 (think my wife gave to my father in law - sonofabitch)
A: As soon as I crack this one I know this is gonna end well. Without pouring Iím going to guess either a Barleywine or an Old Ale - well aged and malty as fuck. Pours out a dirty brown ale with excellent clarity. Single finger of cream foam falls quickly to leave a spotty surface of the same. Canít tell lacing because I keep swishing this one. (4)
S: Yummy! Caramel malts, crystalized sugars, figgy pudding, slightest hints of apple skins, maybe some wood. Some brown sugar and molasses provide a near BBQ hint at the very finish. I canít seem to get enough of this into my face-holes. (4.5)
T: Oh yeah, this is good. Iím gonna go with American Style Barlewine at this point - heavy hops. The bittering hops are still very present. Still plenty of the above rolling over the palate, but add a bit of alcohol bite (unusual unless this is young in my experience...). I feel like theres oak on this - very woody. (4)
M: Medium to viscous with moderate to low carbonation. Leaves my palate slick like a loogie. Slightly warming with the ETOH. Nice. (4)
O: Iím really digging this beer, it seems to get better as it warms, and Iím all about a slow sipper. I feel like the hop intensity is barely too high for my preferences in a Barleywine (Iím an English style guy) but this is nonetheless is quality craft. (4)
Guess: Only thing I can equate to: OG BW by Stone - but probably not given the woodiness.
Reveal: The Vermonster by Rock Art Brewery - no wood - but excellent brew!
Serving type: bottle
warhawk91 (291) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, 2012 bottle. Pour is a deep amber, murky with a khaki head which is thin but long lasting. Good lacing. Smell is caramel, citrus hops, some pineapple and fig, and maple? Has an earthy aroma, a spice that's hard to identify. Taste is quite good. Lots of caramel dark fruits, sweetness that is pleasant but doesn't linger. The sweetness in the middle fades into a slightly spicy hop note which gives way to a cascade finish. I've had their Ridge Runner which to me doesn't qualify as a barley wine. This one does and is impressive. Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Mellowing out for over a year I'm sure helped the flavor, still tastes like an American barley wine, and a good one.
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JBPortland (628) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 10/23 notes. On draught at the brewery. Pours a very dark brown with a hint of orange. Nose is fruits, plum, bread. Mouthfeel is very malty, creamy. Taste is earthy, grains, malt, dark fruits, has some nuttiness. Finish is bitter plum with a bit of boozy warmth. Nice.