jflopsu (440) - New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark copper. Has a sweet malt, citrus, and alcohol aroma. Taste is prominently barelywin with malts and dark alcohol, but finishes with a touch of citrus hops.
Ibrew2or3 (6530) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2014 Big blue bottle pours with a gold to copper body that has some haze to it and supports an off white head. The modest aroma offers up floral hops, soap, malt sweetened lime peel, a slight tropical fruit hoppiness and then a good dose of booze on the back end of the draw. The taste begins bitter with bitter tangerine and lime citrus hops that pulse with resiny bitterness and some malt sweetness. To midway it picks up floral hops and a soapy sensation that doesnít come across that great. Overall the hops arenít really working for me and it is boozy and rougher than a barleywine needs to be. At this point Iíll take the yummy original over this.
BrettTaylor (396) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured as taster at local shop. This is supposed to be a blend of styles, barley wine and imperial IPA, but ended up tasting more IPA to me with strange undertones making it just confusing on my palate and not very pleasing. Lots of non-traditional styles are fun, but this just didnít work for me. Pours a light gold, not too thick, not a lot of caramel or toffee notes like Iíd expect from a barley wine, more hop bitterness than Iíd expected even knowing the name going in. Itís not bad, but the mix didnít really work for me across styles in this case.
ElGaucho (2161) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Mostly malty aroma, hint of hops. Dark fruit. Murky gold body, nice lace. Initial mouthfeel is high alcohol. Much like most rogue beers this is a it of a mess. Not bad, just a hot mess of sugar and alcohol. Still enjoying it though, and as it warms the flavors meld into a nice caramel concoction.
dwyerpg (4356) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well this definitely seemed way more like an IPA than a barley wine to me. No molasses flavor or soma but a very noticeable hop content. Pretty good but nothing memorable.
DuffMan (6172) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 26, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Surprisingly light golden body, with a white foamy cap. Aroma is white grapefruit and metal shavings with boozy undertones. The palate opens with a wave of metal and pineapple, then surges into an acrid, aspirin-like bitterness. The finish is astringently dry with a residue of metal and an alcoholic warmth. I did not care for this the more I drank, but Grippitis didnít mind it. Parksy was somewhere in between.
beastmaster (206) - Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Portland airport draft. Hazy peach hue, thin head and lacing. Menu says barleywineish (not sold). Definitely mouth heavy. Alcohol, cascade hops, clove, citrus. Hop friendly. Good imperial ipa
ROBC3366 (369) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy bright orange pour with plenty of white head that fades quickly. Aroma is strong of ripe oranges, some alcohol, clove. Flavor is softer oranges, citrus zest, general citrus hops.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
rdixon77 (451) - Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Burnt amber pour. Lots of fruit and clove in the nose. Tastes was a little bit muddled with malts, grass, cloves, citrus. A little flat and full bodied.
Interesting idea, nothing too great.
drowland (5961) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
3/18/14. 750mL bottle shared by Gabe at the last VORLAUF meeting. Golden pour with a decent khaki head. Fruity aroma, mildly hoppy, mostly get fruitiness, caramel, pale malts. Decent flavor, plenty of sweet fruitiness, a touch of grassiness, crackers, dark fruits, sugars. Not bad.