BigBodyBenz (44) - Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
With this particular Barley wine, it brings a truly strong essence of flavors to to the table with raisins, tops in bitterness and crazy hops variety. It’s a slow sipper indeed and enjoyed at a simple 50 plus degrees. Not Wowed but was enjoyed, glad I tried it though.
CarlJonas (200) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(2008) Cloudy brown with plenty of gunk, small off-white head. Rich malty aroma paired with cascadian hops. Taste is boozy and quite bitter with a hint of sweetness. Long bitter finish. Low carbonation, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Proper American barley wine that?s hardly been tamed by the years.
AndyW68 (781) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange brown pour with white head. Aroma is sweet and alcohol. Taste follows nose. Sticky with t h a bitter finish.
bpreo (1377) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The strongest beer brewed in Oregon. You know it has to be good, and it is.
jmagnus87 (2183) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. 2008 vintage. Dark fermented fruits with a decently sweet malt backbone. Awesome for a 5+ year old beer. Great.
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is very powerful, I could smell it as I poured into a glass. Strong fruity smells, a mix of squished berries. The taste reminds me of black currants overwhelming the malt. Tangy mouthfeel but the alcohol is nicely disguised. Not really to my liking. I prefered the last barleywine I tried but neither are my preferred style.
michaelinwa (551) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewery, and from memory. Fairly standard stuff in terms of color, head, and aroma within this style. Nothing jumped out. Big malt presence, but balanced well with hop bitterness. I thought it needed more complexity and interesting flavors to make it stand out more. Nice to have finally tried it.
Marheb (1636) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Cuvée 2008): Un belle robe rubis surmontée d’une tête qui se dissipe rapidement. Les houblons sont presque disparues mais l’amertume est encore bien vive et enrobe le profil très grillé, moins sucré qu’anticipé.
omhper (18753) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, 2005 vintage, thanks KansaiBeerLvrs! Hazy mahogany colour, miniscule head. Salted caramel and white pepper up front. Sweet and full bodied with rounded, firm mouthfeel. Mature caramel, bell peppers and salt. Long bitter warming finish. A heavy, solid barley wine.
Earlier Rating: 10/2/2006 Total Score: 3.4
Bottled. Hazy amber. The aroma has loads of caramel hay and apricots. Sweet and full bodied with compact mouthfeel. Very hoppy with notes of pineapple and yeast, lots of toffeeish malt. Extremely bitter finish.
ineedbeer (516) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 7oz nip bottle.
Aroma has light maltiness with some caramel and lightly toasted bread notes. Some earthy and herbal hop notes with a touch of citrus. Hop notes are fairly balanced compared to the malt notes but even with age are a bit strong compared to the malt.
Pours a murky lighter brown with a moderately thick tan head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges. Faint lacing and moderately small legs.
Flavor is fairly malt forward upfront with moderate toasted bread and hints of caramel. The malt fades very quickly though and is overwhelmed by bitterness and hop flavors. Hops are very herbal with a lot of resin and a hint of citrus. Lingering bitterness with a touch of malt and herbal hops. Very light alcohol spice in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium alcohol warmth.
Overall a fairly nice American barleywine. Lots of hop character even with a few years of age but it could use a bit more malt complexity.