slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Ok, I’ve had a few barley wines and, for the most part, I’ve yet to be impressed. Given that none were more than a year old, I figured it would be unfair to bash the whole genere until I’d had a few aged samples. Then comes slob who sent both of these, the ’95 being bonus!
-1995 vintage- smaller bottle with different picture. Once opened the musty aroma called for closed inspection. My sniffer is a little out of wack but still the mustiness of dark fruits is obvious. No head. Aromas of dark fruits, cellers, and alcohol. Tastes great, the 120 IBU’s have obviously died down a lot. This is malty with a mouthfeel to die for... silky and milky. Wish the bottle was bigger :(
Poured a little of each at the same time. Small head but enormous compared to the ’95. Aroma was much lighter, hoppier, and generally wasn’t "dark"... still somewhat musty though. Hops are much more present in taste. There’s something like Fruit Loops to the palate. Should have been less compulsive and aged it a year longer. This one probably breaks out more like this
Aroma-7 App.-3 Flavor-6
Palate-3 Overall- 14
***2006*** ...tasted on 5/25/07.
750 ceramic bottle $14. When I "popped the cap" ;) of this pap sealed/ swing top bottle there was thick green hop resin on the inside of the black ceramic bottle. Once poured the hops fill the air & the alcoholic, almost ether-like, nose makes itself know... this hit me before the first few sips as an intrusive warning. All hundred’anfidy IBU’s hit ya’ at once but the crash is cushioned by a strong, yet FAR from balancing malt profile. There’s little bits of everything in this, but my tonge is coated w/ lupin resin. I’ve really enjoyed this bottle, the swing top let me stretch it two nights, but this beer is too young & $14 a bottle.....
zizzybalubba (1258) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle from SoHo Organic Market, Elizabeth City, NC (2013 bottle). Murky light brown pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of tangerine, grapefruit, brown sugar, and molasses. Great flavor of bitter citrus hops, caramel, toffee, booze, and just a touch of chocolate on the finish. The bitterness lingers on the palate but eventually fades and the subtleties of the more hidden flavors start to come through. Pricey, but this is an outstanding barleywine.
RumRunner101 (584) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour. Aroma is big and boozy with dried fruits. Big flavour, alcohol comes through, but in a nice, warming way. Big and bitter, but tons of sweet malt balance. Somewhat fruity and earthy. Well done and tasty.
Haslinger (816) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at Beer Belly Deli in Syracuse NY, deep dark pour, intensely rich aroma of booze and hops, extremely drinkable for 11.5% really good mix of flavors, hoppy yet not too much so with some malt in the finish. A really good beer from Rogue
Renobob (74) - - NOV 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Et boum ! La magie de Rogue frappe encore ! Quel incroyable produit qui vaut le prix au moins pour goûter une fois ce mélange d'arôme qui explose au palais. Génial !
Taosmax (25) - - NOV 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL ceramic bottle pours mahogany with a creamy, khaki head into a snifter. The rich aroma had me sniffing for a full minute or more before I tasted: tons of toffee, sweet malts, centennial hops stand out, overripe red apples, pear, vanilla, and a touch of spice; booze is noticeable. Toffee is well balanced with grapefruit-like hops, blending into spiced apples. Finishes with rich caramel and an impressive kick of warming booze. Full bodied with an oily mouthfeel and a low level of carbonation. This beer will punch you full in the face and follow up with a quantum wedgie. There’s nothing subtle here.....when you pop the top, it’s ON!
brewballs (115) - USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had this one on tap. Excellent brew. Murky, sludgy body. Dense. Resin. Hoppy. There is a faint taste of alcohol, but it is undetectable. Zero head. It is so thick I wonder where any spices would go. Amazing brew. The year wait for it was indeed worth it. On my list of five great beers for 2013.
hotstuff (3579) - Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated on 7-22-2009 (Ceramic flip-top bottle) This beer forms a medium sized very fizzy beige head that mostly diminishes, murky brown body, very little carbonation observed, and spotty amounts of lacing. The Aroma is caramel malt, yeast, alcohol, citrus, and pine hops. The Taste is sweet, spice, caramel malt, alcohol, bitter, citrus and pine hops. The Palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this is a sipping beer, the 11.5%ABV is very much present, worthy trying, and a beer I would drink again.
BigBodyBenz (42) - 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 (190) - 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 (713) - 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.